Tile Specialty Pieces: Art & Decorative Tile, Part Two
In fact ceramic tile is being employed in a continuously wider range of applications. Specialty tile are often the bling-bling or jewel-like elements in elaborate powder rooms designed for guests. Deep bas-relief acanthus border tile and three dimensional herb tile grace many kitchens with a hygienic surface while providing an upscale material that flows seamlessly into open concept family rooms. Mediterranean hand painted murals add a splash of hot color to the focal point of an al fresco dining area and complete the resort like effect initiated by the shimming glass mermaid on the floor of the swimming pool.
We have actually returned to the genesis of ceramic tile. It is a material used and honored for its timeless nature. Entire stories have been told and immortalized for centuries through the art found on the face of ceramic tile. Few other products age and mature so beautifully or offer the history and sense of culture. Historic production reflected the coming together of nature combined with artistry and the formation by human hands. The latest technological developments have made this type of artistry available and attainable to a new generation. Ceramic tile has color, texture, scale and offers an endless collection of exquisite fired art. While technological achievements have advanced the potential ceramic tile enjoys today, it was the wisdom to look back to a time and place where it all began that has bestowed ceramic tile with its outstanding charm and beauty.