At Rustico Tile and Stone, we offer 2 types of Talavera Tile. Talavera Superior (best quality talavera tile, more costly) and Traditional Talavera(most common talavera tile, less costly). Solid color talavera tile is also available.
We are top quality manufacturers in Mexico. Our artists are quite talented and can re-create any tile design you find. You can also be confident that you get best value pricing from Rustico Tile and Stone for your talavera tile.
What is Talavera?
Mexican Talavera tile roots date back to 15th century Spain. Many of the designs and patterns of this decorative ceramic talavera tile can be traced back to Chinese and Philippine origins while even older variations of this art form date back to 8th century Arab culture. During the middle ages, craftsmen in Italy began experimenting with glazes and as a result many new colors were developed. When the Italians introduced the unison of the Arab, Italian, and Asian motif during the 15th century to Spain the Talavera tile ceramic was born. In turn, following the Spanish colonization of Mexico, the Spaniards introduced the new ceramic and Mexican artisans adopted it.
Talavera Superior is a Talavera tile product created in Mexico. Known as a hand crafted ceramic tile, it is actually a composite of 3 different clays and is burned at much more extreme temperatures than any other Mexican Talavera product. At these extreme temperatures, the mixture of clays chemically reacts to form an extremely high quality clay product that is water resistant and frost resistant.Within the Mexican handcrafted tile line, this is the superb quality tile we recommend for flooring and any outdoor use for Talavera.Talavera Superior tile is thicker and more durable than the typical hand painted tile. The 4×4 standard tile measures 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ inch and is 3/8” thick.
Traditional Talavera is the most commonly found painted tile in the world today. These tiles are also less expensive than Talavera Superior options. Being more rustic in nature, the finishes vary with some relief texture and smooth texture. There are variations in the texture. These ceramic painted tiles will have a slightly more rustic appeal with some variations in size and color. Talavera Traditional is not considered frost-proof because the clay body is more porous and the paint crackles. This talavera tile is approximately 1/4″ thick. This is a beautiful, lower cost alternative to a Talavera Superior tile.
Any talavera tile design is available in Talavera Superior or Talavera Traditional. Color representations will vary slightly from what’s seen online.
Contact us to Request a Quote for your order. Multiple Sizes are Available.
Whether you are looking for hand painted talavera tile murals or decorative tile inserts to decorate a room, our Mexican tile is perfect for your project. We are experts in Mexican Talavera tile and one of the largest suppliers of this high-quality hand painted Mexican tile. On top of supplying high-quality products, we are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding the ordering or installation of tile. We also have ideas for installing Talavera tile in combination with Saltillo in our Installation Gallery.
Traditional Talavera: $500 minimum order requirement. 90 tiles per box in 4×4 size.
4×4 Decorative Tile is $1.25/tile 4×4 Solid Color Tile is $1.10/tile
6-8 week lead time
Talavera Superior: $500 minimum order requirement. 50 tile per box in 4×4 size.
4×4 Decorative Tile is $6.50/tile 4×4 Solids Color Tile is $1.85/tile
10-12 week lead time
Other sizes are available upon request. 15% overage is recommended for waste, cuts and borders.
Installation Tips / Photos of Talavera Tile Installed
Talavera tiles are handmade and minor size and color variations are inherent in the manufacturing process. Also, slight instances of warpage and crazing are accepted flaws created by antique firing methods and simply add warmth and charm to the finished installation. The following instructions will help ensure a satisfactory installation:
1. Apply a thin layer of Thinset on the surface to be tiled.
2. Place a small amount of Thinset in the middle of the back of the tile. This will give the middle portion enough support to prevent the tile from cracking under pressure.
3. Set the tile in place. Do not use spacers because, as we already mentioned, each tile has a slightly different shape.
4. Use only sanded grout. Any other kind of grout may crack upon drying. It may be tinted any color. Mix until it acquires the consistency of applesauce. Apply smooth strokes in one direction.
5. Allow twenty minutes for the grout to set. A “haze” will begin to appear.
6. Use clean water and a clean sponge to gently wipe away excess grout.
7. Allow a drying period of 24 hours.
8. It may be advisable to seal the grout if it is on a countertop or table, but do not put sealer on the tiles themselves. The tiles are already water-resistant and do not need to be sealed.