Encaustic tiles, in which the pattern on the surface is created by using different colours of clay, first appeared in Europe in the late 19th century.
They were originally used to decorate the floors of palaces for example many of Gaudi’s distinctive houses in Barcelona, and grand hallways from Saigon to Paris.
Today they are to be found in countless chic bars, restaurants and designer-homes all across the globe.
This is Ca’ Pietra’s first ever collection of hand-made decorative tiles made using the ‘encaustic’ technique with cement in which the pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design and colour remain over a longer period of time even with extensive wear.
These are different from ceramic tiles in the way that they are created. Ceramic tiles are made such that surface pattern is the product of the finishing glaze printed on the surface and not the actual tile itself. Whereas with these, the pattern continues throughout the depth of the tile and as a result wears much better.