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The Tile Book

Decorating with Fired Earth

Published by Pavilion

 

This is a companion volume to the rug book. It’s a revised, redesigned version of Decorating with Tiles, which I wrote a few years ago for Pavilion and Fired Earth, and which has become something of a classic. Tiles are something no home should be without, so practical are they. And beautiful too, if you choose the right ones. They have a long and fascinating history, which I enjoyed exploring for this book, and they can be used in so many ways in the home.

Chapters cover all aspects of the history and practical use of tiles:

Section One: History and Design

§         The Islamic World  

§         Medieval Tiles

§         Maiolica

§         Dutch and English Delft

§         Victorian Tiles

§         The Twentieth Century

Section Two: Tiles at Home

§         Floors: Function and Style

§         Floors: Design Directory

§         Bathrooms and Kitchens

§         Walls and Decorative Details

§         Outdoors

Section Three: Practicalities

§         Laying and fixing tiles

§         Floor tiles

§         Wall tiles

 

The Tile Book has many new illustrations that Decorating with Tiles didn’t have, including these showing the way that some of the last century’s greatest artists such as Picasso have found the tile form irresistible. On the left is a page of tiles decorated by Picasso. At top right is a view of Antonio Gaudi’s wonderfully unfettered use of tiles, most of them broken up before being applied, in a public space in Barcelona, and at bottom right a Gaudi-inspired parkscape in Los Angeles.