Talavera Tile, also known as hand-painted Mexican tile, is a great addition to any home project. We offer two types of Talavera Tile: Superior Talavera and Traditional Talavera. We also offer solid color Talavera Tiles.
Wherever you are, whatever your needs, we can help you find the perfect Talavera Tile for your project and ship it anywhere.
Traditional Talavera is the most commonly found painted tile in the world today. These tiles offer an inexpensive option for use as accents and stair riser. There are variations in the texture, size, and color in these rustic tiles. This is a beautiful, lower cost alternative to a Superior Talavera tile.
Superior Talavera – Made-to-Order
Superior Talavera is a durable clay product with relief texture that is water-resistant and frost-resistant. We recommend Superior Talavera for flooring and outdoor use. These tiles are available in multiple sizes and are made-to-order requiring a 10-box minimum purchase.
Our beautiful solid-colored Talavera tiles are a perfect starting point for any project. Colors are stocked in 4×4 & 6×6 sizes in Traditional Talavera. Other made-to-order sizes are available in Superior Talavera.
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What is Talavera Tile?
Mexican Talavera Tile roots date back to 15th century Spain. Many of the designs and patterns of this decorative ceramic Talavera Tile can be traced back to Chinese and Philippine origins, while older variations of this art form date back to 8th-century Arab culture. During the Middle Ages, craftsmen in Italy began experimenting with glazes, and as a result, many new colors were developed. When the Italians introduced the unison of the Arab, Italian, and Asian motif during the 15th century to Spain, the Talavera Tile ceramic was born. In turn, following the Spanish colonization of Mexico, the Spaniards introduced the new ceramic and Mexican artisans adopted it.
Talavera tiles are handmade and minor size and color variations are inherent in the manufacturing process. Also, slight instances of warpage and crazing are accepted flaws created by antique firing methods and simply add warmth and charm to the finished installation. The following instructions will help ensure a satisfactory installation:
- Apply a thin layer of Thinset on the surface to be tiled.
- Place a small amount of Thinset in the middle of the back of the tile. This will give the middle portion enough support to prevent the tile from cracking under pressure.
- Set the tile in place. Do not use spacers because, as we already mentioned, each tile has a slightly different shape.
- Use only sanded grout. Any other kind of grout may crack upon drying. It may be tinted any color. Mix until it acquires the consistency of applesauce. Apply smooth strokes in one direction.
- Allow twenty minutes for the grout to set. A “haze” will begin to appear.
- Use clean water and a clean sponge to gently wipe away excess grout.
- Allow a drying period of 24 hours.
- It may be advisable to seal the grout if it is on a countertop or table but do not put sealer on the tiles themselves. The tiles are already water-resistant and do not need to be sealed.