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Tiles of the World

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Tiles of the World
Tiles of the World

Present & Correct guides us on a ceramic trip of the world

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.

Azulejos from Portugal
Azulejos from Portugal
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 Tile Designs
Carter Tile Designs
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...
Entrances Of...
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.

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