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

But, what is terracotta?

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

Terracotta tiles are created from a particularly porous and easily modelling 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 as manual terracotta or clay coatings, is done ‘piece by piece’. In addition, each and every one of our terracotta tiles are painted and decorated by hand.

Colourful hydraulic mosaics

Hydraulic mosaics are very colourful and cheerful decorative tiles which have been used for decades in decoration.

The hydraulic terracotta mosaics are the ones that hold most the essence of this type of tile, preserving the authentic vintage aesthetic, without softening its character in the slightest.

Today, it is a ceramic that has resurfaced strongly in interior designs projects with more personality, also having endless options in colours for those who do not dare with colours so vibrant.

If you want to discover the whole range, we recommend you to visit our hydraulic tiles section.

Zellige Tiles

Vestiges of Andalusian tradition.

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

Alteret’s Zellige tiles are very special pieces, hand-made one by one, with ancient modelling techniques. This is the reason why you cannot find two identical tiles 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, providing a more discreet finish on 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.