Spanish tiles, the word already indicates that they appears to originate in Spain. However, this is confusing since the Moors came before with the idea of clay tiles with hand-painted patterns. We understand them in today's baked tiles as with a plain glaze layer also called an enamel layer. With Azulejos, they usually mean wall tiles and floor tiles they call Baldosas in Spain.
The baked clay tiles are first formed manually in molds to give as much manual character as possible. After the clay is air dried, they are baked in an oven at 1200 degrees. The clay tablet or biscuit is ready to be colored. For the coloring of the Spanish tiles, organic pigments are often used which colors in the oven above a certain degree of heat. This also gives beautiful nuances due to non-gradual heating. The tiles are thus baked twice. Spanish tiles are always colored on one side in the same color as the top layer. This allows you to create a beautiful finishing edge. So always check before you glue the tiles if the correct side is visible.
The glaze consists of 2 variants: a craquelé enamel and enamel glaze. The craquelé glaze, the name says it, will show hair cracks after cooling, this is just for the typical Spanish tile. In the past this occurred by increasing the cooling process. However, this hit the tile too much, making it no longer waterproof. Today, the glaze is so developed that it causes no problem in a wet room or shower cabin. If you still have any doubts; the tiles can be treated with NANO spray. This product will leave a tiny layer which makes it impossible for moisture to penetrate.. Ask our sales advisor for this nano technique and its corresponding aerosol can.
We have over 100 different colors of Spanish tiles in different sizes and shapes.
Perhaps the least known Spanish tile is the Metro tile (Subway tile). Metro tiles thank their name to the metro stations where these specific tiles (biselado mean chamfered) are applied. The reason why the biselado tile was used in the subway stations is because of the sloping sides have a very nice sloping display when seen all together, it creates some kind of repeating pattern. Still, there is nothing that looks more organic than the metro tiles in a subway station.
In addition to the beveled facet (biselado) tiles, there are also the regular (Liso, meaning tightly) Spanish tiles. Applying the liso tiles will cause more unity / tightness on the wall.
In addition to the Liso and the Biselado tiles, there are also the Manual tiles. The manual tiles are fully handmade and are characterized by the top surface of the tiles containing hollow and convex irregularities. In summary, you have chamfered, tight and manually made Spanish tiles.
Spanish tiles are available in different sizes and sizes, square 10x10, 13x13, 20x20, rectangular 7.5 x 15, 7.5 x 30, 5 x 25. Because there are so many different types and sizes, you can also place tiles in different ways Gluing; Stone connection, semi-rigid connection, blocky and linear. Stone and semi stone patterns give the strongest connection in the construction industry, so glue it in this way if you’re afraid the wall needs sturdiness.
Did you know that Spanish tiles are often confused with Portuguese tiles or even Frisian whites? What we know as Portuguese tiles on the facades of houses in Portugal are not Portuguese tiles, nor Spanish tiles but authentic Frisian whites which are provided with Patterns. These were imported from the Netherlands in the last century. Later, his techniques moved to the south of Europe, as the craft was much cheaper this time in the Peseta and Escudo era;)
Spanish wall tiles can be used on the wall only, they are not suitable for flooring. They would also be hazardous and slippery when wet!