Because Talavera tile is handmade, generally no two pieces are exactly alike. Much of the charm and beauty of the tiles are the small imperfections and ever so slightly unique contouring of each individual tile. The surfaces of handcrafted tiles are rarely perfectly flat when scrutinized close-up.

The tiles come in several sizes, with the 4” x 4” square the most popular. You can get the tiles in approximate sizes as 2” x 2”, 3″x 3″, 4” x 4” and 6” x 6”. Again, the aforementioned dimensions are approximate, but close to the advertised sizes on the website.

All of the tiles purchased at Patricio Tile are covered with a gloss glaze making them virtually waterproof, but slippery when wet. Some surface irregularities can occur such as small surface pops or puddles of glaze in depressions of the tile.

The terms ‘crazing’ and ‘crackling’ are inherent characteristics of many of the tiles. Crackling describes the appearance of small cracks in the glaze surface and crazing is when the tile seems to reveal tiny spider-web fractures in the glaze mixture which gives it a faceted look.

Variation in the color and size may occur. There is no guarantee the tiles ordered after your first shipment will be exactly alike. Therefore, it is recommended that you should consider ordering five to 10 percent additional tiles for future chipping, breakage and additions to your original application of Talavera tile.

For those of you who need a more uniform and symmetrically consistent shaped tile, Patricio Tile offers a dozen different machine stamped tiles that still maintains the colorful and wondrous designed look and feel of Talavera tile and are also manufactured in Mexico. Click on the Machine Manufactured Talavera Tile category to see those patterns.