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Avente's Hand Painted Spanish Tiles



Avente's Spanish Tiles are beautifully hand-painted in a variety of colors and patterns on ceramic bisque using time-honored techniques.

Using the Majolica technique, our Classic Spanish Tile designs include colorful patterns from the different regions of Spain or the traditional blue and white found in the New Iberica liners. While other styles, like our Spanish Mission inspired California and Malibu, use the ancient Cuerda Seca technique common in Spanish Revival designs of the early 1900s.

Expect variation in these hand-painted Spanish tiles, because it is the hand of the artist that makes them unique. Each piece is an exquisite rendition of a vintage tile or a classic technique re-applied to create timeless beauty.

Spanish Tiles in the Majolica Technique

Spanish
Spanish
New Iberica
New Iberica
Barcelona
Barcelona
Portuguese
Portuguese
Spanish Field
Spanish Brushed Field
Talavera
Talavera

Spanish Tiles in Relief

Cuerda Seca Spanish Tiles

Antigua Colonial
Antigua Colonial
California
California
Malibu
Malibu

spanish tiles on stair risers
Spanish Tiles on Stair Risers

History of Spanish Tiles

Around the 12th century, hand-painted tiles came into general use in Europe after being created for hundred of years in Persia and Egypt. Spanish tile designs, patterns, and tile-making techniques were greatly influenced by the Moors. Many regions of Spain have distinct styles, like Valencia, Mallorca, and Andalucia. For example, Valencia's hand-painted styles often incorporate stylistic floral patterns into a geometric design.

In the present day, Spanish tiles have gained a reputation for using some of the most brilliant and varied color combinations. Their designs and have remained popular all over the world, especially in the United States.

Where to Use Spanish Tile

Ceramic Spanish tiles have a wide range of uses and benefits. Traditionally, these types of designs were used as wainscoting. Today they are still used as full wall coverings, but are also great for backsplashes, counter tops, showers, bath accents, swimming pools, fountains, windows, stair risers, and floor accent tiles.

In addition to their wide variety of uses, Spanish tiles provide more versatility and value than any other material. They are color permanent and abrasion resistant. There is never a need to wax, polish or buff. With so many colors, patterns, and tile sizes to choose from, ceramic tile gives you the capability to create any design element you desire.

Avente offers a full collection of Spanish tile designs that are at the forefront of their class. Our ceramic tile line is stylistically superior and like no other you will find.

The Spanish Cuerda Seca Tile-making Technique for Spanish Tiles

The Cuerda Seca, or dry cord, technique originated in Persia and came to California via Spain. In the 1920s, much of the pottery in Northern and Southern California began to reflect this technique. The Cuerda Seca process begins by a wax outline being drawn on the tile. A syringe is then used to apply the glaze. The glaze beads up during firing and creates slightly flooded areas against the wax outline. Usually, a black wax is used for the outline, thus creating a black outline in the design.

The Spanish Majolica Tile-making Technique for Spanish Tiles

A Spanish term, Majolica is a lead and tin glaze that creates an opaque white surface that can then be painted on. Process of making majolica consists of first firing a piece of earthenware, then applying tin enamel that upon drying forms a white opaque porous surface. A design is then painted on and a transparent glaze applied. Finally, the piece is fired again.

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