Provence, a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to Italy, is known for its wine, artists, and rich culture. Our Provence collection is rustic and welcoming, equally at home in a cheerful cottage or in an elegant chateaux. Combining soft earth tones and brighter accents, our Provence style captures the ambiance of Southern Europe, with its heart in the homes of the French and Italian countryside overlooking lush rolling vineyards, the blue waters of the Mediterranean, or the soaring peaks of the French Alps.
In the homes of the Mediterranean region, floors were historically made of natural materials—some wood, but mostly brick, stone and clay tile. Our other collections subsume several of these historic floor types—brick and repeating mosaic patterns.
Our Provence collection distinguishes itself with additional classic tile shapes –hexagons, rectangles, and squares– and the hand-stenciled motifs of Southern Europe, rubbed soft as though worn by hundreds of years of use.
To give you a peek at what we are working on right now, we’ve pictured two Provence collection tiles that came out of the kiln this Monday.
Corner Fleur de Lis: 6.5” square tile
This 6.5” square tile has a deep red clay body accented by corner fleur de lis designs in contrasting beige clay. The fleur de lis motif, a stylized lily or iris, dates far back in history, found in some form in nearly every ancient culture. In more modern history, the fleur de lis has become attached to European, and especially to French designs through its long-standing use on the heraldry of French monarchs. The Corner Fleur de Lis tile will be only one of our Provence tiles to bring this attractive and enduring design to your home.
This tile design showcases our classic French hexagons, a tile style often found covering villa floors and rooftop terraces along the Mediterranean coast. Our hexagons will be available unadorned with attractive, natural variation achieved through kiln-flashing, and with stenciled designs, colored with clay slip, powders and oxides.
This hexagon design is the latter, decorated with a ‘snowflake’ motif and arranged in a pattern with other kiln-flashed hexagons. The wood ash, oxides, and other natural materials used in the design of these tiles give these handmade tiles a well-worn elegance, as though reclaimed from the floor of a French cottage.
See our plain mosaic hexagons in the Old World collection.
All of Provence tiles will be made to order—choose your stenciled patterns in white tones, black or darker red and personalize the design for your home.
Watch for more Provence collection tile designs coming soon. Among the tiles in product development are some with floor designs created on 10.5” square tiles. Provence collection tiles will be available for sale starting this fall. Call to pre-order samples and to receive more information.
Soon, we will introduce our final new collection, the Castles and Abbeys collection, offering timeless interpretations of medieval tiles for your home.