By Kennedie Maynard
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History Of Encaustic Tile

Encaustic tiles are a type of ceramic tile in which the colors of the tile come from the varying colors of clay and not simply the glaze on top of the tile. These tiles originally became popular during the medieval period as well as the Victorian era in England. They were mostly used as floors in churches. Because they were popular during the medieval period and the Victorian era, there are specific styles of patterns that were used. Most of these patterns were repetitive geometric designs with an Eastern influence.

Encaustic Tiles Now

We are seeing a rise in popularity of Encaustic tiles. However, most of the encaustic tiles that we are seeing today are not the same as the original encaustic tiles. Most of the modern-day tiles are inspired by the look and pattern of encaustic tiles, but are no longer made with clay or cement; they are made from porcelain. These tiles may be called encaustic now-a-days, but that name simply refers to the look of the tile and no longer the technique that it was originally known for.

How are we seeing encaustic tiles used today?

Statement Floors:

Statement Floors in the bathroom, laundry room, or anywhere.

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Fireplace Surrounds:

Fireplace Surrounds give a little modernity and pizzazz when encaustic tiles are used.

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Backsplashes:

Backsplashes of encaustic tiles allow color and flare to be added as a focal point in the room.

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Photos Courtesy of Bedrosians, MSI, TileBar, and Walker Zanger