In a new series on the interiors brands loved by Londoners in the know, we turn the spotlight on tiles. Whether you are doing up an entire home or just wanting to make a feature of a particular area, tiles will feel modern and comfortingly permanent. Here’s our pick of the best:
Best One-Stop Shop: Fired Earth
Fired Earth should be your first port of call. You will find a tile for your whole home: outdoor, bathrooms, kitchens etc. They sell the exquisite Neisha Crosland tiles. At £25 a tile these could be used as decoration or in place of a trivet to protect the kitchen table. The buttercup design in particular makes such a pop in the room.
Best for Moroccan Tiles: Habibi
This Moroccan tile specialist makes for my favourite tile-shopping experience in London; go in person to either the showroom on the Wandsworth Bridge Road or near the Harrow Road. They all have that typical Moroccan shiny glaze. habibi-
Best for Geometric Designs: Bert & May
This East end company specialises in reclaimed tiles and encaustic tiles in the most beautiful hues. Their trademark design is geometric shapes. This one is a collaboration with Soho House (you can also buy from their website). £5 per tile, bertandmay.
Best for Variety: Terrazzo Tiles
Terrazzo Tiles on All England Lane (NW3) has a huge range of tiles for all rooms and environments. They also have a tile simulator device on their website so you can try out borders and tiles. encaustic-
Best for Pattern: Marrakesh Design
In fact this is a Swedish company, which shines through in their streamlined designs. This collaboration with Popham Design is €150 per square metre. marrakechdesign.se
Best for Turkish Tiles: Otto Tiles
One of Otto Tiles’ specialties is Turkish designs. Why not transform your bathroom into an hamman. Just divine. £4 each ottotiles.co.
Best for Reclaimed Tiles: Lasco Reclamation
Lassco is the go-to place for beautiful and hard-to-find reclaimed goodies. Their tile selections are no exception – but you have to be quick! They have these tiles currently in stock. £12 each lassco.co.
Best for Animals: Tiles by Textiles
Inspired by living in India and then the Middle East and their textile heritage there, you’ll be amazed at the different tiles at Tiles by Textiles. We love their animal tiles: cheetahs, camels, elephants – a veritable Noah’s Ark. £15 each tilesbytextiles.com