Aug 19, 2009 9:08 AM
Glinting lustered gold and deep blood red make these Tuscan Majolica Tiles ($240) by Recuperando absolutely luscious. Originally hand made and painted for the architect Rogatin Vassily, we envision them adding character to an entrance, walkway, or staircase. The tile is balanced and harmonious, and its lineage surpasses mere decoration.
Italian Majolica refers to Italian tin-glazed pottery originating from the Renaissance (the predecessor of Victorian Majolica made in England in the 19th century). The beautiful pottery probably got its moniker from the island of Majorca, a major trade point of Majolica tile exportation. These tiles are decorated with the quatrefoil motif, an ancient symbol linked to the the Greek or Byzantine cross. The overlaid square creates a double meaning here where the quatrefoil's curvature implies a circle; a square-circle combination always spells out the union of heaven and earth, in the Italian Christian context.