In honor of Cinco de Mayo and our recent trip to Mexico, we bring you these snapshots of the well-known and beloved tile used all over public places in our neighbor to the south. Specifically, we loved the use on stairs and steps. Reading the Mexican Tiles website, we also note a bit of history:
Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sanchez Lacy called Mexican tile a "chosen skin". Tiles have embellished numerous public and private spaces throughout Mexico. A glimpse anywhere in Mexico, particularly in the central states, shows the widespread use of talavera tiles decorating a broad range of spaces from kitchens, fountains, facades, interiors of luxurious hacienda homes to churches.