Patterned tiles

Loving pattern as I do, it’s understandable that I absolutely adore patterned tiles. Hours often disappear as I lose myself in Pinterest or looking at endless websites with glorious interior shots of tiles adorning floors, walls and even outdoor spaces.

So when it came time to pick out our tiles for the house, I think we had a good idea of what we wanted.

Our friends Mercedes and Antonio run a beautiful masseria just outside of Otranto in which they have painstakingly searched for restored vintage tiles, for floors and bathroom walls. The beauty of vintage tiles is that they have so much character and they look fabulous even with the old chip or faded paint. However, it’s a time consuming job to find enough of the same tile and clean them up and I’m not sure we have the luxury of time.

Beautiful original vintage tiles
Beautiful original vintage tiles

So, on the recommendation of our architect, we found ourselves at a tile factory in Spongano called Marti Pavimenti. Browsing through the selection of marble and stone in the showroom, the majority not quite right (a little garish for our liking), we were then invited to take a look at the production in the factory.

Marti Pavimenti Factory, Spongano
Marti Pavimenti Factory, Spongano

Here are some of the tiles we viewed.

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The patterns you see are created using metal forms and then the different coloured segment is poured in.

Form for the tiles
Form for the tiles

We started to get quite excited about what our tiles could be if we chose our own forms and colours. For some of the patterns it’s quite hard to visualise the design all together, so we asked them to make some samples overnight using red yellow and black so we could see clearly the pattern.

The next day we went back to take a look and here are some of the samples.

Samples of different patterns using black, red, white and yellow.
Samples of different patterns using black, red, white and yellow.

From the photos we took we uploaded them into photoshop and started to play around with our selection of colours.

It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to design your own tiles and I can’t wait to see them. Visuals of our patterns coming soon!