HOW TO DECORATE WITH ANTIQUE MAJOLICA
What is a majolica tile?
The term has spanish origin and indicates a tile, often painted by hand, which is still produced today in Amalfi and Sorrento coasts. The ancient Neapolitan majolica tiles are called “riggiole” feature of Riggiola is to be very durable and can also be used to pave the exterior. The old tiles are not only Italian Neapolitan, famousa are the Sicilian too. All are characterized by brightly patterned, floral, geometric and in some cases two-color (black and white, blue and white, white and red).
Where and how do we use the old tiles?
The art of majolica embraces a whole an ancient wisdom, the same that governs the discovery of the line of definition that defines the space in which to move. The tiles are created to define and delineate spaces, both indoors and outdoors. The beauty of the glazes, designs and colors is not altered by time, but made even more unique by their rich and long history.
In which areas of the house you can use the old tiles?
The environments of choice are the kitchen and the bathroom, where they may represent either whole or coatings delimit only small areas. The old tiles blend perfectly with old terracotta flooring, as well as with ancient stone floors. The uniqueness of their designs make them beautiful even if approached in different shapes and colors to create designs that are striking for vivacity and intensity of color.
Can the ancient majolica be used on balconies and terraces?
The sunlight makes them shine, shiny enamel also makes sure that part of the sun’s rays are reflected, to the benefit of their freshness even in summer. It is for this reason that very often are also used to decorate the garden and the spaces dedicated to relaxation.
Can they also be used in the bedroom or living room?
Nothing prohibits it, remember that on the Amalfi Coast and Sicily had many stately mansions spaces were dedicated to reception and sleep and often, fully decorated with ancient tiles. Everything, as always, depends on the environment: if your is a traditional country house, it is prefered ancient materials such as brick and stone, while ceramics emphasizing only some environments such as bathrooms, kitchens and even outdoor spaces of the garden. If your house is overlooking the sea, nothing will prohibit the use of ceramics in other environments pointing out that the harsh winters do not exist at Mediterranean sea, then we may not have wanted to feel the “heat” of environments covered with wood, stone or brick.
How should be cleaned the ancient majolica?
Their history, their colors, make it beautiful materials.They can be cleaned without special precautions, if not, as for many materials, avoid harsh detergents and aggressive.
How do we know that the manufacturing is ancient?
Some have etched the name of the factory that produced them, others are distinguished by the unique design of the manufacturing date, for others it is not always possible to trace its origin.
Where is possible to find the ancient majolica manufacturing?
In Lacole Casa italiana, since ever we passionately dedicate ourselves to the recovery and cataloging of ancient materials. We have a large stock in our warehouse, catalogued, well displayed, ready for you.