Tile Trend Watch: Rustic ceramics: bringing back the taste for tradition

Summer is finally here along with much-awaited vacations, a time to relax and disconnect from the day-to-day.

 

Rustic tile collections from Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers are at the forefront once again as key choices for decorating terraces, balconies and gardens frequently used in summer, as well as the high traffic spaces between interiors and exteriors of homes. Rustic floor and wall tiles allow us to bring back a feeling of tradition, not only in country homes but also in modern interiors.

 

The natural hues of terracotta and rustic ceramic add warmth and personality to each space, keeping us in contact with Mother Nature: A place to nap in the sun, a small indoor patio, a place to plant a garden, etc. Besides their natural beauty, rustic tiles have technical advantages that allow their use in cold weather zones.

 

One of the most original characteristics found in both terracotta and rustic tiles are the irregularities in the finishes, which being a flaw it is in itself unique as there are no two pieces alike.

 

There are several formats (square, rectangular, hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) and in each line there is a wide variety of complementary pieces such as decorative edges, moldings, inserts, baseboards and steps. Besides the natural finish, there are rustic tiles available that are decorated with beautiful glass and enamel inlays as well as artisan crackles and subtle veined pieces, another way to personalize any space.

 

Here’s a look at rustic ceramic and terracotta tiles from select Tile of Spain manufacturers.

 

Cerámica Decorativa. Ibiza Series. Natural Terracota hand made pieces. Octagonals in 12X12"

Cerámica Decorativa. Ibiza Series. Natural Terracota hand made pieces. Octagonals in 12X12″

Rosa Gres - Natural Series 2.0. Ceramic tile Palma 2.0 (12X12")

Rosa Gres – Natural Series 2.0. Ceramic tile Palma 2.0 (12X12″)

Cerámica Elías. Garden Manual Series. White Terracotta (16X32X1.5")

Cerámica Elías. Garden Manual Series. White Terracotta (16X32X1.5″)

Equipe Cerámicas - Hexatile Series. Ceramic floor tiles combined with Cotto Caldera (7x 8") and Decorados Basílica 1, 2 & 3 (7x 8")

Equipe Cerámicas – Hexatile Series. Ceramic floor tiles combined with Cotto Caldera (7x 8″) and Decorados Basílica 1, 2 & 3 (7x 8″)

Natucer - Fusion Iron Series. Extruded porcelain floor tiles (14x 24") and decorative pieces: Tabica EST. CRA. FOSSANO ( 6x13") Fusión in the back of the steps.

Natucer – Fusion Iron Series. Extruded porcelain floor tiles (14x 24″) and decorative pieces: Tabica EST. CRA. FOSSANO ( 6×13″) Fusión in the back of the steps.

Grespania - Abadía Series. Rustic look ceramic tile. Two-piece design: Abadía Rojo ( 12X12") and Rectoría - complementary piece (wood-inspired in 2X12")

Grespania – Abadía Series. Rustic look ceramic tile. Two-piece design: Abadía Rojo ( 12X12″) and Rectoría – complementary piece (wood-inspired in 2X12″)

Azulev - Alfama Series Ceramic floor tile Alfama Cotto ( 18X18")

Azulev – Alfama Series Ceramic floor tile Alfama Cotto ( 18X18″)

 

About Tile of Spain

 

In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit www.tileofspainusa.com.

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