Why Hand Painted Tiles Are Still Trendy

Everyone wants to add elegance, beauty, and charm to their house, as it's something that hasn't faded away since many years. When you're getting your dream house constructed, it's obvious you would want the best-quality material for both the exterior and interior. Nowadays, hand painted tiles are becoming the latest trend in Pakistan. They are used in almost every modern house for decorating kitchens, floors, and even bathrooms. 

Before we figure out what hand-painted tiles really are, let’s have a look at the history of tiles.

History of Tiles

Tiles are basically thin flat square shaped discs and were initially made from red clay, with lead glaze covering. Designs were usually inlaid before the firing process, and then a slip was used for filling these areas. A little coat of slip was also used sometimes to bring out multiple colours in the clay. Back then, tiles used to be a rich man's luxury.

Tin-Glazed Tiles

In Middle Eastern countries, tin-glazed tiles were used. Tin-glazed tiles had elegant and detailed decorations which were considered as an Islamic architecture. United Dutch East India Company began to import blue and white Chinese tiles at the beginning of 17th century.  Those tiles were expensive and needed to be copied, however, the quality didn’t match the original one. After that, delftware became popular because this process was quite simple. To create designs like the ones on Chinese tiles, artists used blue and white colours to hand paint and since then, these delftware tiles skyrocketed.

Artists used white and blue colours to hand paint similar designs like the Chinese tiles and later, these delftware tiles got popular. However, those tiles turned out to be a bit delicate for hefty usage, which made them move to ceilings and walls. After that, they were used for enhancing the beauty of fireplaces and baseboards.

Back then, Guido Andries was quite famous tile-artist, as he was best known for his unique ideas and designs. However, by the end of 19th century, the trend of hand-painted tiles somehow faded away in the progress. But centuries have passed, and hand-painted tiles keep coming back, as people who love to collect antique stuff, as well as, museums and private collectors still demand for them.

But what makes these tiles so special? Let’s find out!

A hand-painted tile consists of:

  • Tile body
  • Glaze
  • Pigment

Different materials like; Kaolin and Terra Cotta are used for making a tile body.

Terra Cotta: It is a hard-baked clay and has following colours.

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Orange

It is permeable and may require sealing if not covered with glaze. The painting on the tile is mostly bucolic and complements the material.

Kaolin: Kaolin is a hard-baked white clay and is the base of almost every wall. Plus, it provides the seamless background for painting.

Glaze: The next part is a glaze, which gives the tile a glass-like finish and is applied by heating the tile with the glaze. The tiles are then baked in Kilns at 1840-2230 F temperature. The glaze is available in a variety of colours and can be poured, brushed or sprayed.

Tile Pigment: Tile pigment is used for almost every type of decoration. The pigment is based on carbonates and metal oxides which can stance heat/fire. The glaze protects the detailed design and is suitable for all tile bodies.

The trend of hand-painted tiles in Pakistan is directly linked to the Mughal Empire. Though western themes started to settle in and the artwork became outdated. However, hand painted tiles are more in demand now as they can make any place look more elegant.

That’s all we have got to share with you related to hand-painted tiles. If you have any questions related to how to make your home more elegant, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.


  • syed ahmad

    May 11, 2018 AT 08:13 AM

    i'm also planning to design my kitchen with fresco painted tiles.

    Malik Rasheed

    May 15, 2018 AT 12:54 PM

    being a old school follower i loved your article. keep it coming.


    May 17, 2018 AT 11:18 AM

    its like my search for an epic yet economical kitchen decor idea is finally over!

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