We recently fell in love with the usage of absolutely stunning Athangudi tiles at the home of Rajaram and Anumita. Every room in their home had stark white walls and ceilings, with colourful tiles on the floor – different in each room. Since then, we’ve seen these tiles used in several different spaces – other homes, studios, artist venues, restaurants, and more.
So what makes these tiles special? A technique brought to India by the Europeans, the tiles made there now embrace local village designs. Traditional floral motifs typical of the villages of the Chettinad region are available as square tiles for full floors and as skirting for more subtle borders. The Athangudi tiles are not ceramic, like they appear, but are actually made as a composite of cement, baby jelly, and sand along with synthetic oxides for the rich colours. They are durable, although tend to be a little sensitive to extreme heat, but are maintained pretty much with just a mop and water.
Watch a part of the fascinating making process in this YouTube video!
You can order these tiles from a number of online stores, or pack your bags and go on a road trip to Athangudi and see them first hand being made, designed and cured, for yourself! Not only will you have something gorgeous in your home, you’ll also be supporting a local craft and some inspiring artisans.