Talavera Tile Rediscovered
San Diegans are inherently passionate for a touch of Talavera. Just spend an afternoon in Old Town or Balboa Park and their colorful presence is undeniable. Talavera tiles are most commonly ingrained in the Architectural details. Just notice the fountains, doorways/portico walls, courtyards, or perhaps my favorite, The Prado. Their historic adornment is in plain sight for all to see.
What you probably never knew about Talavera Tiles…
While Talavera tiles have a Spanish origin, the original tiles and pottery, historically are made much closer to home. Just over the border in fact.
Talavera owes it’s name and prominence to the Spanish town of Talavera de la Reina, where Spanish artisans long practiced in the art of pottery and tile making. The Talavera artisans learned their craft in places like Italy, Northern Europe, and North Africa, and emigrated from Spain to the small town of Puebla, Mexico during the mid 17th century. It was only thanks to Spanish colonial control of much of Mexico, as well as the seas at the time that the tiny town of Puebla became sought after for Talavera craftsmanship. And so the handcrafted clay tiles and pottery known to decorate many cathedrals, public spaces/monuments, fine gardens, and homes throughout Europe actually gained greater popularity in the New World and not in Europe.
And while Talaveras are certainly an acquired taste, here at San Diego Marble & Tile, we are fortunate to have on staff, seasoned pro, and Talavera Queen, Donna Peterson.
For any San Diegan seeking Talavera designs, there is a necessary art and design principle to designing with these handcrafted colorful tiles that takes years of practice. Donna, has design well over 500 different Talavera bathrooms, kitchens, and Spanish homes. And if you are fortunate enough to view the artful thought reflected in these unique designs you may finally understand why it is so eclectically timeless.
Be sure to take a look at some timeless designs in the photo gallery below.