Talavera faience: a unique art form from Mexico

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What faience and Talavera pottery? The expression Talavera refers to ceramic products (tiles, sinks, decorative objects and others) , made and hand painted by Mexican artisans.

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Made in Mexico for centuries, Talavera tiles have a long history. The manufacturing process is very specific and results from real know-how. To make you discover the bright colors and the rich drawings of earthenware and pottery Talavera, we have made this file of 45 inspiring photographs.

Talavera earthenware and pottery: a unique art form from Mexico

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The expression Talavera comes from the name of the city of Talavera of the Reina which was one of the main centers of Spanish pottery manufacturing in the Middle Ages. It is from this city that in the mid-1500s came the first potters in New Spain, the name used for Mexico by the Spanish colonizers. According to legend, the Dominican friars of the central Mexican city Puebla, a splendid city today too, have brought Spanish artisans to contribute to the decoration of the cathedral Santo Domingo . It is interesting to note that Talavera tiles are very similar, and inspired, from Moroccan tile .

The Talavera faience takes its name from the Mexican city Talavera de la Reina

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Local artisans, already with pottery experience, quickly acquired the new technique and Talavera , combining different styles including the Mediterranean , the Moorish and the Central American Indian, has defined its own unique style which, thanks to its precise details and bright colors , quickly conquered the world. The success of Talavera is due to the richness of the nuances and uniqueness of its hand-made pieces, but also to the regulation of its manufacture which was fixed in the late 1500s. It is this regulation which guaranteed the authenticity of the tiles produced. It also consisted in the precise definition of the materials and techniques used as well as in the characteristics of the products manufactured. This way of managing maneuver by establishing frames was at the time quite rare and very innovative. Each Talavera manufacturer had to sign each of his pieces to filter out those that were false. The craftsmen also passed exams every year so that they could keep their title of master potter Talavera. The products manufactured were classified by their quality.

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Discover our large file of bathrooms, kitchens, terraces and furniture decorated with the beautiful tiles Talavera and invite the Mexican spirit and crafts at home!

Large terrace with pool

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Stairs decorated with Talavera tiles

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Talavera tiles in blue and white

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Detailed and sophisticated design

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Table decorated with Talavera tiles

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Low table

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Kitchen credenza

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Bathroom sink

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