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Tiles and mosaics have long been part of interior design’s rich history harking back 4000 years when man’s desire to decorate their habitat was as strong then as it is today. Originally a by-product of earthenware pottery, the earliest signs of ceramic tiles date back

the way every style of home. Inspired by Chinese porcelain, a revolution began in ceramic techniques used amongs Islamic potters in the 12th century; but the decorative tiles we are familiar with today were invented in the near East, where the best examples can be found in Tunisia and Iran dating

For a wealth of inspiration for your own home, take your cue from the masters who have paved the way for future generations. to 4000BC in Egypt. Thanks to the Egyptians’ discovery that firing clay tiles at high temperatures in a kiln made them stronger and more water resistant, ceramic tiles remain by far the most practical option for splashbacks, countertops and flooring in kitchens and bathrooms, with infinite creative possibilities for

back to the 16th century. For a wealth of inspiration, take your cue from the masters who have paved the way for future generations. Explore history for insights into how techniques for firing, glazing and colouring evolved, and amass visual ideas to inject a touch of character into your interior spaces.

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