Beautiful showstopping ceramic tiles are taking centre stage at home right now. But do you know your terrazzo from your encaustic?

Tiles are having something of a renaissance, have you noticed? And as we’re getting geekier about our choice of ceramics – from encaustic to terrazzo, zellige to cement – independent, artisan tile brands are busy whetting our appetites with authentic, handmade designs to adorn our homes. Far from being merely the backdrop to our home-furnishings, tiles are currently taking centre stage, with bold patterns and rich, jewel-coloured hues aplenty. If you are looking to source from specialist tiles, here are seven independent brands to seek out.

Bert and May




South-west London based Bert and May was launched in 2013 as a handmade artisan and reclaimed tile specialist store, focusing on encaustic tiles made using traditional techniques to vintage-inspired designs. The brand has grown to now offer a full range of glazed, terracotta, marble and terrazzo tiles with collaborative collections with brands including Little Greene, Soho Home and Anthropologie. Explore the collection here.


The Baked Tile Co.




Family run Baked Tile Co. in Mumbles, South Wales, is run by two generations of obsessives who are passionate about bringing high-end designer tiles to the UK at affordable prices. Make the most of their in-house knowledge and do use the design team to help to find your perfect tiles from over 500 in-stock. Explore the collection here.


Otto Tiles




If you’re looking to buy direct from artisan makers, east London-based Otto Tiles is run by Turkish founder Damla Turgut who creates her modern, contemporary designs in collaboration with traditional tile makers in Istanbul. Using authentic techniques, it offers a range of encaustic, terrazzo and zellige glazed tiles, as well as ornate painted Turkish designs. Explore the collection here.


British Ceramic Tile




British Ceramic Tile’s website is a dream to navigate if you are in search of inspiration on your renovation journey. Its colour palette filter helps you to hone in on the hue you’re after. Or why not browse the ‘style and inspiration’ hub, which is filled with ‘real life renos’? Expect style tips and guidance to help you find the right tile for your next project. Explore the collection here.


Hadeda x Tiles of Ezra




Hadeda founder Kate Kindersley stumbled across Australian brand Tiles of Ezra whilst renovating her own property. She soon realised that she wanted to create a permanent home for them in the UK at Hadeda, her interiors and lifestyle store, which sources ethical, artisan designs from across Africa. Now, as the UK distributor for its authentic Moroccan Zellige collection, they offer 34 colourways in their ethically made, hand-glazed Zellige and Bejmat tiles, as well as the opportunity to design your own pattern and colour way in their authentic mosaic and border designs. Explore the collection here.


Ca’Pietra




Known as the home of statement tiles, third-generation run Ca’Pietra in Wiltshire has adorned half of Instagram’s walls with its encaustic tiles it seems, courtesy of its signature Lilypad design. Far from a one-trick pony they have a beautiful nature-inspired collaborative range of tiles with The National Trust, as well as wide range of repro Victorian, designer porcelain and natural stone tiles. Looking for a one-stop DIY shop? They have a range of 35 bespoke paints with an in-house design service to help you find your perfect pairing. Explore the collection here.


Porcelanosa




With over 970 stores worldwide, Spanish tile brand Porcelanosa knows a thing or two about beautiful natural stone, from marble to travertine, limestone to slate. This luxury range of tiles can be used both inside or out for a durable, timeless look, hewn from nature. Explore the collection here.


By Lydia Mansi
November 2021

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