Regardless of the type of housing and general style of your home or apartment, there is always a way to incorporate a Mediterranean feel into your interiors and exteriors by chosing the right handmade, ceramic tiles. A fresh, sunny, and informal ambience can be provided with Mediterranean inspiration in Mexican tiles that, in the end, originated in Southern Europe. Keep reading if you want to add some of this relaxing, cheerful, and casual look that fits kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, and many more.
Many of our handmade Talavera tiles feature designs portraying the Mediterranean regions, their atmospheres and traditions, and the coastal panoramas where the colours of the sun and the sea combine with those of the vegetation and the land. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish what would be the authentic Spanish, Portuguese or Mexican tile style. They all appropriate some elements from each other. That is why, our classical designs, manufactured in Mexico, look very similar to Spanish tiles or Portuguese azulejos, especially if we consider white and blue Talavera patterns. This does not come as a surprise since the tiling craft tradition started in the South of Europe and as to be exact, in Talavera de la Reina, close to the beautiful Spanish city, Sevilla. Once the world expanded its borders and Europeans started to travel to other continents, they would bring their know-how with them. The same happened with the art of tile making. The Dominican monks brought ceramic objects, tiles, and pottery from Spain to Mexico around 1550 to decorate the churches and cloisters in Central America with hand-painted tiles, just like back home in Europe. The blend of color scheme used in coastal Spain and Portugal with folkloric and authentic Mexican patterns is what makes modern handcrafted Mexican tiles, high relief tiles, and stunning, large tile murals.
Mediterranean inspiration in Mexican tiles reveals itself as well in the way those wonderful ceramic tiles are decorating homes and gardens. Inspired by Spanish and even Moroccan architecture, white and blue, and later colorful, represented the wealth and social position, apart from being just a magnificent ornament for walls, counters, floors, and smaller homeware objects like mirrors, tables, and flowerpots. Even the modern Southern homes that one can find in California for instance, reproduce the structure of ancient Spanish hacienda. Decorating façade with Mexican wall tiles, adding decorative tiles around your fountain, or trimming your front door with beautiful ceramic border tiles, all of that is the Mediterranean heritage passed to Mexican and later the rest of North Americans.