Victorian style tiles – why we like them so much?

Produced for 150 years, ceramic wall tiles with traditional Victorian designs still impress today with their rich colors and ornaments. Victorian-style tiles are a very interesting topic. Why interesting? Because this style, despite the fact that it comes from a distant era, is still present in many contemporary interiors. Tiles that are direct copies of nineteenth-century British tiles or modern versions of them are incredibly popular. What is it about them that makes them timeless and universal?

Victorian style – or what kind of style?

A few words of introduction. There is a saying about the Victorian era, that at that time the sun never set over the British Empire. This perfectly illustrates the time when the Victorian style was formed. Britain was at the height of its power. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution and colonialism, it was obscenely wealthy. And all under the rule of a single monarch – Queen Victoria, who ruled continuously from 1837 to 1901. Although it was a time of prosperity, it was not a time of extravagance or “debauchery.” Queen Victoria herself was a symbol of morality and proper “conduct”. The rules of the upper classes were very strict and, looking from today’s point of view, downright curmudgeonly. It’s hard to find the right term, because a “self-respecting” gentleman of the time transferred back in time to today’s Krakowskie Przedmieście would at best go mad, and at worst commit suicide. The sight of so many ladies’ hands without gloves and bare knuckles not to mention other exposed body parts would be like a tornado for him.

Victorian-style tiles

The Industrial Revolution also affected tile production. It made it possible to improve technology and introduce more and more patterns and colors. Floor tiles in the Victorian style were characterized by a combination of floral ornaments and geometric patterns. Arranging them in the form of carpets: borders, corners were used to achieve a more representative look. Not insignificantly, laying tiles in this way also affected the perception of the whole interior – the corridor or room seemed larger.

Victorian-style wall tiles

Although wallpaper reigned supreme on the walls or they were simply painted, glazed ceramic tiles appeared in some of the spaces. In popular colors of bottle green, maroon or cobalt blue. Often with ornamentation in the form of reliefs.

Whereas nowadays, glazed ceramic tiles are very popular in Victorian-style bathrooms. Below is a summary of ceramic tiles made by hand using the artisan method. The colors of these tiles are not accidental, they correspond to those colors that were popular during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Victorian style today

Today, we often perceive interiors in this style as heavy and overwhelming. Interestingly, Victorian-style tiles are doing well. They are popular and are eagerly used by designers for modern interiors, glamour style and in interiors where luxury is to be discreetly visible.

 

15cm x 15cm patterned tiles – a mix of patterns and colours

Patterned tiles are a very aesthetically pleasing option for a variety of interiors. Such a pattern will work perfectly in both the kitchen and the bathroom. What’s more, patchwork tiles will be a great addition and at the same time a decoration for the living room, hallway or bedroom. Patterned tiles or patterned tiles blend in perfectly with a variety of interior styles, highlight the best of a room and, with their aesthetics, stimulate action. Patterned tiles and patchwork tiles are elements that can be used to create real works of art on walls and floors.

Patterned tiles – a mix of colours

Patterned, by definition, is a sewing method in which an offbeat, colourful pattern is created from scraps of different fabrics cut into geometric shapes. Patterned in relation to ceramic tiles is a mix of patterns and colours. Patterned tiles are basically the quintessential tiles created in Italy and Spain. With the popularity of tiles imported from southern Europe, patchwork tiles took our homes by storm. At first, they only decorated the walls, but with the advancement of technology and fashion, they also started to appear on the floors.

Patterned tile designs are often multicoloured images on a single plane. Such patterned elements are often arranged haphazardly, with no fundamental layout. It is precisely this mix of patterns that means that a plane covered with patchwork of a random nature can add great variety to a given space. Patterned tiles become an unusual accent that gives the room an unusual atmosphere and expressiveness.

Check out our range of 15cm x 15cm patterned tiles here.

Bespoke marble design, Kensington

Bespoke marble design for a client. All tiles were hand-cut in our workshop and installed in Kensington by Martin Mosaic.



Our bespoke project, Holland Park

Mosaic tiles 20x20mm thick 3.8mm

Skilful installation of a difficult tiling project involving an intricate Greek border. High quality installation service only by Martin Mosaic.

Mosaic tiles 20x20mm thick 3.8mm
Mosaic tiles 20x20mm thick 3.8mm
Mosaic tiles 20x20mm thick 3.8mm
Mosaic tiles 20x20mm thick 3.8mm

Victorial floor tiles installation with underfloor heating

We removed the old tiled floor along with the base, then made a new concrete floor and installed undefloor heating. Next, we installed Victorian floor tiles with encaustic tiles. Our comprehensive installation service covers the entire project from start to finish and comes with a 5-year warranty.

Victorian floor tiles
Tiles 50x50mm thick 5mm, encaustic tiles
Colours: coffee, blue, dark blue, white, black, red.

Tiles 50x50mm thick 5mm, encaustic tiles. Colours: coffee, blue, dark blue, white, black, red.
Tiles 50x50mm thick 5mm, encaustic tiles. Colours: coffee, blue, dark blue, white, black, red.

Step tread bullnose floor tiles.

Bullnose Winckelmans tiles. Size: 100x100mm thick 9mm.

Step tread bullnose floor tiles. Winckelmans tiles. Size: 100x100mm thick 9mm.

Step tread bullnose floor tiles. Winckelmans tiles. Size: 100x100mm thick 9mm.

Bespoke fan mosaic tiles with brass logo, Maison Dental Clinic, Knightsbridge

Bespoke order fan mosaic tiles with brass logo for Maison Dental Clinic in Knightsbridge. All hand-cut.

Mosaic tiles floor - fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor – fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor - fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor – fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor - fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor – fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor - fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor – fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor - fan mosaic tiles

Mosaic tiles floor – fan mosaic tiles

Victorian mosaic tiles for your perfect interior

Why is it worth choosing a decorative Victorian mosaic tiles? They just looks beautiful! Mosaics can be made of ceramic tiles, small glass elements. They give the interior an interesting look, and are also practical – with their help it is easy to finish hard-to-reach places, such as rounded fragments of the shower. The designs and motifs available at Martin Mosaic mean that everyone can find something that fits their space without any problems!

Mosaic floor tiles and greek border design - toilet. Tiles 2cm x 2cm thick 3.8mm. Colours: white, black.

Mosaic floor tiles and greek border design – toilet. Tiles 2cm x 2cm thick 3.8mm. Colours: white, black.

Mosaic tiles are a type of cladding that looks very impressive. It shines subtly, beautifully decorates and, what is very important, it is perfect for finishing shelves, alcoves, various compartments, which are never too small in small interiors. But also in spacious bathing salons, the mosaic is used – it is ideal for separating zones, laying decorative strips, or finishing rounded surfaces.

Bespoke design – hand made

Fan mosaic tiles for an interior designer – sheeted tiles.
Tiles 20mm x 20mm thick 3.8 mm

Victorian path tiles at Wimbledon

Tiles 70x70mm, thickness 9mm
Colours: super white, black

High quality tile installation service by Martin Mosaic