The History of Mexican Talavera Tile

Using Talavera tile on a Staircase
Talavera pottery was named after a Spanish town, Talavera de la Reina. Much of this pottery was decorated only in blue, but colors such as yellow, black, green, orange were also used. It is a mixture of Italian, Spanish influences.
Mexican tile, known also as Talavera tile, is made of clay and hand glazed. It requires care and maintenance to last for generations and radiate beauty to the surroundings. A tile installation will stand the passage of time getting an antique looking. Because the glaze and clay expand/shrink at different rates "crazing" happens, depending on temperature changes. The more variation in temperature the more "web appearance" will be shown. This effect can be minimized properly sealing the tile installation. We recommend to seal the entire area, including the tiles themselves. These tiles are NOT to be used in swimming pools or in freezing temperatures.
The traditional adobe house blends two cultures that evolved over time.
The inspiration from nature and the Spanish settlers that populated the American Southwest in the 18th and 19th centuries brought this popular casual, yet elegant, style. Utilizing the colors and textures from the desert landscape, and bright florals, you can create a Southwestern or Old Spanish look. Shop our Talavera tiles to incorporate Spanish-style flair into your home.
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