Terracotta means “fired earth,” a direct allusion to the process through which clay is baked in a fire to form the material. It is one of the most ancient forms of masonry, having been made and used by ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and other indigenous cultures around the world throughout history. These civilizations used terracotta for their statues, roof tiles, capitals, medallions, and other architectural structures.
Nowadays, terracotta is mostly used as a tile for architectural detailing in patios, porches, kitchens, living rooms, etc. Adding terracotta throughout the home is a wonderful way to create a rustic, down-to-earth aesthetic. Terracotta can be finished either glazed or unglazed— depending on what the desired overall look is.
Benefits of Using Terracotta Floor Tiles
They are durable, low-maintenance, and easy to clean.
Terracotta floor tiles come in a wide array of rich colors that will immediately add warmth to your room or patio.
The colors of the tiles coordinate very well with beige, cream, and brown colors or undertones. These colors are great for rustic-feeling kitchens, living rooms, hallways, backyards, or patios.
For practical uses, and especially in rooms like the kitchen, we recommend enhancing the terracotta by putting a seal on it. This will preserve it for longer.