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Avente Tile's Hand-Painted Spanish Tiles
The geometric patterns of Spanish tiles have created alluring charm in homes for centuries. Whether you choose the time-tested patterns of bright, glazed ceramic tiles, the geometric patterns of classic bisque pavers, or both - continue to be magical. Let us help show you how!
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Quick Reference to the Spanish Tiles Carried by Avente TileAvente Tile offers an expansive selection of decorative Spanish tile created by hand using traditional methods like Majolica, Cuerda Seca and relief. Consider using them with our plain, field tile to achieve a truly rustic look. Click on the images below to browse through Avente's selection of decorative Spanish tiles and handmade cement tile Spanish pavers.
Avente's Spanish Tiles are beautifully hand-painted in a variety of colors and patterns on ceramic bisque using time-honored techniques.
Remember that cement tiles are handmade, one tile at a time, making each tile unique and different - you'll see the hand of the artisan tile-maker in each cement tile.
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.
Quick Reference to the Spanish Paver Tiles Carried By Avente TileOur Rustic Pavers are a unique line of Spanish floor tiles that can also be used on the wall. Look to our Rustic Paver collection if you desire square and rectangular formats (from 2"x2" to 16"x16") with a rustic feel. Not all tiles will be the exact same shape, as color variation is part of this collection's allure. Exquisitely designed and manufactured in the USA, Avente's made-to-order Spanish Pavers are hand-crafted using cement.
These Spanish Floor Tiles in classic shapes create a rustic look similar to what you'd find in traditional clay bisque tiles and pavers from Spain and Mexico. Once you've selected the size, then choose a color from the Paver Color Palette that offers classic clay bisque colors, as well as softer, contemporary shades. Blends and textures are also available.
Quick Reference to the Spanish Arabesque Paver Tiles Carried By Avente TileThe Arabesque collection pays homage to a deeply rooted and rich heritage of traditional Moorish and Spanish tiles that feature interlaced geometric patterns. With their nuanced curves and unusual geometric shapes, these Spanish tiles are sophisticated and charming. Choose from traditional bisque colors, to create Old World charm, or use a contemporary shade such as off-white and grey. Spanish Arabesque Pavers are made to order and hand-crafted from cement in the USA. To start, select a shape, then choose a color from the Paver Color Palette. Blends and textures are also available.
History of Spanish TilesAround the 12th century, hand-painted tiles came into general use in Europe after being created for hundreds 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 globally appealing designs continue to remain popular, especially in the United States.
Where to Use Spanish TileCeramic 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, and never need to be waxed, polished or buffed. With so many colors, patterns, and tile sizes to choose from, ceramic tile gives you the capability to create any design element you desire.
Cuerda Seca Tile-making Technique for Spanish TilesThe 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 with 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.
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