Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Malibu Tiles

We are excited to start the year and celebrate our newest edition of hand painted artisan tiles, aptly called Malibu. The patterns, colors and glazes pay homage to Malibu Potteries of California.

Malibu tile on a fountain at the Adamson House in Malibu, CA
Malibu tile on a fountain at the Adamson House in Malibu, CA
Image Source: Travelin' Local blog post
A Garden Tour of Malibu’s Adamson House

These tiles are created with the cuerda seca technique that produces deep, rich colors from the pooled glazes. The Cuerda seca method of tile decoration was brought to Spain by the Moors. The technique was popularized and arguably brought to it's highest art form by Malibu Potteries in the late 1920's. You can still find tile from Malibu Potteries and Catalina Potteries in historical buildings, public spaces and estates in Southern California and Beverly Hills. The use of decorative tile is a characteristic of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that was popular in Los Angeles at the same time. The Adamson House in Malibu, California displays an impressive collection of Malibu tile and is great place to visit - especially if you love tile or architecture.

Malibu Tile - Catalina
Malibu Tile - Catalina 6" x 6" (A Colorway)

Avente's Malibu tile line is created by hand using classic and historical patterns. Most patterns are available in two colorways. These tiles are suitable for all indoor applications including walls and floors. They can be used in outdoor locations; but, not in frosty environments. Some of the patterns and colorways are stocked for quick shipping. Others are made to order.

Malibu Tile - Catalina
Malibu Tile - Catalina 6" x 6" (B Colorway)

The decorative tile patterns include liner tiles for creating borders (Flora A, Flora B, Faro A, Faro B), complete patterns for insets, stair risers, and back splashes and quarter designs (Floris A and Floris B) for larger spaces and murals.

Malibu Tile - Zuma
Malibu Tile - Zuma 6" x 6" (B Colorway)

The tiles are available in a 6"x6", 4"x4" and 3"x3" format. Currently, only the 6"x6" tiles are shown on our online catalog. The other sizes are scaled versions of the same pattern.

Malibu Tile - Zuma
Malibu Tile - Zuma 6" x 6" (A Colorway)

The following patterns and colorways are stocked for quick shipping:

Malibu tiles have a fascinating and rich history. This classic line of hand-painted tiles is sure to impress and create a timeless look that endures.

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