Below are all the supportive documents that MET currently has available to clients. If you would like to speak to one of us directly please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of the team either through the website or directly in store. 

We are constantly adding to and improving the available information. If there are specific questions you have that are not answered here please feel free to contact us any time!

Projects, Galleries and Organic Tiling

Retail Terms and Conditions

Retail Terms and Conditions

Organic Tiling Projects

The architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi "God's Architect" is regarded as being in the forefront of Biomimetic Architecture.

Organic Tiling Pavements

The architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi "God's Architect" is regarded as being in the forefront of Biomimetic Architecture

NZ Made Glazed

Shapes and Sizes

All of the Shapes and Sizes of the NZ Made Glazed tiles on offer. All made to order in any of our 110+ colours!

Colours of MET

110+ colours of Middle Earth Tiles made in New Zealand glazed tile range. The most extensive range available anywhere! 

Hand glazed Abstract Mosaics

“Abstract” Mosaic Strips, are an exciting concept in floor and wall tiles.

Hand glazed Honeycomb Tiles

Honeycomb tiles are a modern twist to unglazed hexagonal tiles that were prevalent in the late Roman Empire.

Hand glazed Akaroa Squares

The shape of the Akaroa Square tiles is based on the Classic French Melange squares.

 

Imported Glazed Ranges

Hand Glazed Mediterranean Tiles

These Villa hand glazed tiles are perfect for custom tile work in entryway murals, swimming pool tiling, kitchen back splashes, and bathrooms with a difference.

Hand Glazed Turkish
Tiles

Known for intricate textiles, tile work, and the decorative arts, design in Turkey is a lively mix of east and west, old and new

Hacienda Hand Painted Design

Tiles

A popular design term French Provincial refers to the interior decor styles of France's provinces in the 17th & 18th centuries.

Cuerda Seca Mediterranean Tiles

These Villa hand glazed tiles are perfect for custom tile work in entryway murals, swimming pool tiling, kitchen back splashes, and bathrooms with a difference.

Cuerda Seca Turkish

Tiles

Known for intricate textiles, tile work, and the decorative arts, design in Turkey is a lively mix of east and west, old and new

Hacienda Fishscales

Hacienda fishscale tiles are perfect to be used in the bathroom or kitchen.

Hacienda Honeycomb Hex's

Honeycomb style hex tiles have become increasingly popular and add huge impact to any space.

Hacienda Rectangular Tiles

From the Hacienda range, these tiles are in the traditional subway rectangle.

Villa Hexagonal Tiles

These Villa hand glazed tiles are perfect for custom tile work in entryway murals, swimming pool tiling, kitchen back splashes, and bathrooms with a difference.

Terracotta

Natural Terracotta

What are natural Terracotta tiles? Why are they so good for the environment and what they look like.

Slip Report

The slip report shows how superior these tiles are in outdoor, indoor and wet areas.

Environmental Impact Statement

Its all about being green and making the changes to be sustainable.

Understanding the R12 Standard

How slippery is non slip and what are my obligations when building in NZ?

How To lay Terracotta 

Want to know how to lay and grout terracotta? Here's a step by step how to.

Natural Terracotta Sill Tiles

Perfect Natural Terracotta Sill Tiles

Natural Terracotta Akaroa Cobbles

Natural Terracotta transformed into a unique cobble.

Natural Terracotta Cobble Tiles

The full range of Natural Terracotta cobbles made by Middle Earth Tiles.

Natural Terracotta Bullnose Tiles

Bullnose tiles to cap the end of any project in a perfect finale.

Landscaping with Natural Terracotta

What could your project look like? Take a look at these!

Clinker Tiles

Clinker tiles for pools & pavement

Clinkers are an extraordinary tile which can be used almost anywhere.

Cinker Edge Options

A wide range of edges availale in the worlds best tile.

Clinker Scotia Tiles

Suitable for all your scotia needs, Clinker is a tough, versatile product suitable for any application.

Mediterráneo Clinker 

Perfect for pools and any wet area. Clinker has the highest R slip rating.

Clinker Pool Edges

Finish your pool with the perfect edging. These tiles won't crack or break over time.

Clinker Brick Tile

Looking for a brick tile? Go no futher than the amazing Clinker range

Mosaics

Wave Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Wave Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Bars Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Bar Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Serpent Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Serpent Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Wings Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Wing Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Profile Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Profile Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Retro Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Retro Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Rocca Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Rocca Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

Bubble Mosaics

A full brochure containing all you need to know on our Bubble Mosaics exclusively available from MET. 

NZ Made Hand Glazed Tiles - About / Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deal with colour variation?


Colour variation may occur in varying degrees with handmade tiles. This is caused by a number of factors including the where the tiles are placed in the kiln, the temperature of the kiln and the weather conditions at the time of firing. Colour can add dimension to a large wall or floor, this variation appeals to the eye and sets a hand-crafted tile apart from a machine made tile.




How many tiles do I need to order?


Measure the space you want to tile to find the square meterage. The amount of tiles per square meter differs with each size of tile.
When ordering tiles, allow space for grout lines (about 3-4mm wide) and order a few extra tiles for cutting. Some recommend that you order 10% extra tiles.
In the end, it is better to over order and have a box of tiles left at the end of your project, than to run out.
Remember, if you accidentally crack or ruin a tile in the future, you may not be able to find an exact match.




How wide should my grout lines be?


The size of the grout lines is a matter of personal taste. In the showroom we tend to make our grout lines 3mm-4mm wide. This ensures a secure bond between tiles, creates texture on your wall and grip underfoot.




What colour of grout should I use?


If you want to make grout a feature of your wall then white and black grouts tend to stand out and vie for attention with the tiles. If you want a more subtle look, a light grey or dark grey grout is more suitable. How light or dark the grout should be depends on how light or dark the tile of your choice is.




Are grout lines waterproof? How do I seal these so they don’t become mouldy?


It is important to seal grout lines as they are not inherently waterproof. There is a huge range of quality penetrating sealers available these days which are effective at protecting grout, long term. One company that specialises in such products is NanoPhos which also has sealers that break down organic material in UV light meaning your bathrooms and kitchens are easier to keep clean.




What adhesive should I use?


Different areas need different adhesives. On walls we suggest you use a non-slump adhesive. Make sure that you choose the right adhesive for your area and don’t skimp on it. It is important, when tiling an area near a heat source, such as a fireplace or a splashback, to choose a high quality adhesive that can withstand high temperatures. Adhesive can literally be the make or break of your tiling project.




Can you use glazed tiles on the floor of the bathroom or in the shower? Don’t they get slippery when wet?


All of the tiles that we make at Middle Earth are suitable for wet areas. Glazed tiles do get slippery when wet but there are ways of getting around this. Smaller tiles and mosaics work well on areas such as a shower floor because the grout lines add grip for your feet and they can form around curved areas.
Tiles have an added bonus in that they are sterile and easy to clean. Ideal!




Can I use glazed tiles for an outdoor flooring area?


We don’t recommend that you use solely glazed tiles for an outdoor area. They become slippery when wet and this can be a hazard.
If you cannot resist a dash of colour, the best way to tile an outdoor area is by interspersing glazed tiles with terracotta tiles or cobbles. There are so many options for this stunning combination. You can design your tiled area in an orderly fashion or choose a tiler who specialises in organic Hundertwasser style tiling.





 

NZ Made Hand Terracott - About / Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to seal terracotta tiles?


All of our tiles, except cobbles, are factory treated to reduce water absorption. However if the tiles are likely to be exposed to salt water or heavy frosts they need to resealed with a penetrating sealer.
Inside your home and on decks and front entrances we recommend you seal your tiles with Java Oil which is an environmentally friendly oil hand-made in Motueka by Natural House.




How many tiles do I need to order?


Measure the space you want to tile to find the square meterage. The amount of tiles per square meter differs with each size of tile.
When calculating the amount of tiles per square metre, we allow for grout joints.
Make sure that you order a few extra tiles for cutting. A standard recommendation is to order 10% extra tiles. In the end, it is better to over order and have a box of tiles left at the end of your project, than to run out.
Remember, if you accidentally crack or ruin a tile in the future, you may not be able to find an exact match.




How wide should my grout joints be?


It is recommended to have grout lines between 8mm-12mm wide. This ensures a secure bond between tiles, creates texture on your floor and grip underfoot.




What is the difference between a quarry tile and a terracotta tile?


These are virtually two names for the same product. The term ‘quarry’ comes from the French term ‘quarrel’ which means square.




What colour of grout should I use?


With Terracotta tiles we recommend a neutral grey coloured grout. How light or dark the grout should be depends on how light or dark the tile of your choice is.




What adhesive should I use?


Different areas need different adhesives. For outdoor tiling on concrete, an adhesive such as Superfixal is a good choice. For indoor tiling on a wooden base, ASA Conflex is a good option. Make sure that you choose the right adhesive for your area and don’t skimp on it. It is important, when tiling an area near a heat source, such as a fireplace, to choose a high quality adhesive that can withstand high temperatures. Adhesive can literally be the make or break of your tiling project.





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