Ceramic tiles have been around since the 3rd millennia BC, and artists have worked with them for just as long. Not just a building material, they were used as canvases for patterns and the recording of events. On an everyday level photos of them, – taken on travels – are a great souvenir. The colours and patterns reflect the culture you find yourself within, and can inspire a whole host of spin offs. Go beyond the bathroom wall with these three collections.
Portugal is famous for its vast and varied azulejos, found in the street or on a lounge wall. Pressed cement and hydraulic tiles come in simple geometric shapes and knocked back colours as you will see here.
Carter Tiles were a British firm operating out of Poole, from around 1873. They embellished many a public house and really came into their own during the mid-century boom of graphic patterns and enlivened palettes. You will find a nice selection here.
Entrances Of is a growing collection of tiles found in the building entrances of various places where the photographer has travelled to. It's niche but nice, and you can visit it too.