What are Natural Terracotta tiles?
Natural unglazed fired clay tiles are often called Terracotta tiles, which literally means, "cooked earth”. Because this type of tile was so popular, any brownish-orange colour has also been called Terracotta. At Middle Earth we use basic materials of natural clay and fire to create Terracotta Tiles durable paving and wall tiles.
What is the history of Natural Terracotta tiles?
Fired clay tiles had their origin as many as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. They became popular in the Western Europe during the Middle Ages —the rust-coloured tiles were quite popular in the ancient monasteries in England, while artisans in Spain and Portugal added a colourful touch by hand-painting the tiles in bright coloursto suit their sunny climate.
Quarry tiles and Natural Terracotta tiles are basically the same thing (quarry meaning "square" from the French term quarrel).
Why Natural Terracotta tile?
To make pure Natural Terracotta tiles, at Middle Earth Tiles we mould clay into shapes which are then fired at over 1200c in a kiln, with nothing added but water. The terracotta colour comes naturally from the colours of the clay as well as firing techniques and temperature.
These are natural terracotta tiles with colour all through the tile. These natural colours are ageless and often replicated in glazed tiles where a terracotta colour is painted onto the tiles. These imitation tiles do not have the benefits and attributes of Natural Terracotta tiles.
What are the benefits of Natural Terracotta Tiles?
With softened, irregular edges, a pleasing surface texture and the flamed colour tones, Natural Terracotta Tiles bring back the welcoming atmosphere of country floors.