After several decades of minimalism, the current trend has taken a much warmer and more organic turn, betting on materials such as natural stone, wood and handmade tiles, both for flooring and for covering bathrooms and kitchens.

But, what is terracota?

Terracotta, or literally ‘fired earth’ in Italian, is the ceramic resulting from the process of modelling and firing natural clay in a kiln.

Terracotta tiles are created from a particularly porous and easily shaped clay, with a high iron content that gives the tiles their characteristic reddish or brown colour.

Hand-made terracotta finishes and textures

Alteret, high density handcrafted ceramics

Hand-painted tiles

Exclusive, original, unique.

Both the manufacture of flooring and manual terracotta or clay coatings, is done ‘piece by piece’. In addition, each and every one of our terracotta tiles is painted and decorated by hand.

Coloridos mosaicos hidráulicos

Zellige Tiles

Vestiges of Andalusian tradition.

The Zellige terracotta tiles, from the Arabic ‘little polished stone’, are inspired by the typical Andalusian decoration of small irregular fragments of tiles that form colourful mosaics.

The Zellige by Alteret are very special pieces, hand-made one by one, with ancient modelling techniques. This is why no two tiles are alike and the result will be unique and exclusive in each decoration project.

Among the particularities of Zellige terracotta tiles, the following stand out:

  • They have differences in tone between pieces, and even within the same piece.
  • Their surface is irregular, showing the ‘imperfections’ typical of manual production.
  • The edges are cut in a bevelled shape, giving a more discreet finish to the joints and covering the wall in a much more uniform way.
  • The thickness and measurements of each piece are not exactly the same, achieving an imperfectly beautiful finish.