I'm sure you've been seeing these quatrefoil patterns all over the place lately. And I've just become even more obsessed with the exotic look these artisanal tiles can bring. These fetching displays, be they monochromatic, pictorial, or prettily patterned, add personality to floors, walls, and backslashes. These images below turn ordinary surfaces into works of art. Hand painted tiles display the work of true crafts people and although not all decorative squares are hand-crafted by artisans the machine reproductions are just as acceptable as the real deal. You be the judge of these decorated surfaces showing how set apart they are from the modernity of the last decades with their ethnic and worldly earthen landscape designs in subtle to spectacular color palettes.
When touching an authentic encaustic tile there is an almost otherworldly feeling that you are placing your fingers (or toes) on history. Look at these tips clipped from House to Home magazine to keep your vintage-style look on trend.
Here's a great source for locating beautiful mosaics, tapestry and authentic artisan tiles from Original Style with dealers across the globe.