If you’re thinking of tiling your home and you’re looking for some inspiration then look no further; we’ve selected a range of beautiful tile work from around the world to help you get those creative juices flowing.
To kick off your global tile trip, we’re starting in Morocco. With a historically breathtaking style, Moroccan tiling décor could be just what you need to spice up your home. With intriguing mixes of geometric patterns, decorative designs and bursts of floral motifs, Moroccan tiles are perfect for bringing a captivating and vibrant feel to your space.
Heading north to Spain, Park Güell in Barcelona most definitely deserves a salutation. This stylish and unique park is home to an extensive range of extraordinary statues and buildings decorated and brought to life by multi-coloured mosaics and tiles. These remarkable works of art really create a sense of magic and magnificence; a weird and wonderful mix of the regular and irregular. The mosaic work on the main terrace of the park is truly an awe-inspiring sight to behold. The terrace is surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent whose curves form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere.
In keeping with the theme of vibrancy, Escadaria Selarón (Selarón Steps) can be found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These world-famous steps are the work of artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it was his “tribute to the Brazilian people.” It is said that the steps are covered with more than two thousand tiles, ceramics and mirrors collected from over sixty different countries. Optimistic and inspirational, the steps are a beloved landmark in Brazil’s most famous city. The artist himself once said “It’s like if the stairway was alive. It’s always changing and becoming more beautiful. You see and feel the difference”
The Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran is regarded as a great example of influential Iranian architecture and design. Its beauty is largely attributed to its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions. It has been said that the low humidity in the air in ‘Persia’ is what made the colours more vivid and the contrasts between patterns stronger, creating a richer and more impressive outcome than what could be achieved in Europe at the time.
Toning things down a little, it doesn’t necessarily follow that beautiful tile décor has to be busy and bright. There’s definitely a lot to be said for more low-key designs that align with a sort of Scandinavian theme from places like Sweden and Denmark – characterised by functionality, simplicity and minimalism. Neutral colours can create a calm but spacious feel – maximizing the effect of light and giving a sense of understated elegance and relaxation. It’s important to remember that bold does not necessarily equal beauty!