Encaustic tiles – In which the pattern or figure on the surface is a product of different colours of clay – were first made in Europe in the late 19th century. They were used to decorate the floors of palaces in St. Petersburg, Gaudi’s distinctive houses in Barcelona, and grand hallways from Paris to Saigon. Today they are to be found in countless chic bars, restaurants and designer-homes in London, Paris and New York.
This is our first ever collection of hand-made decorative tiles made using the ‘encaustic’ technique with cement where pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design and colour remain, even as the tile wears. These differ from ceramic tiles, where the surface pattern is the product of the finishing glaze printed on the surface. These beautiful pattern-tiles and complementary plain-field tiles enable you and your design advisers to express yourself with a whole new level of creativity.