Ceramics and Architecture: A Brief Overview

What do you need to know about the overview of the history of ceramic tiles?

  1. A Short History of Ceramic Tiles
  2. Ishtar Gate
  3. The Great Mosque of Isfahan
  4. The influence of ceramics in architecture


Before vinyl tiles in the Philippines were widely used for residential spaces, ceramic tiles were the forerunners in almost every aspect of architecture. Ceramic tiles are known to be part of a desirable family of materials that is versatile, high-performing, and glamorous. For the longest time, ceramic tiles have been the go-to material for floors.

With that, here’s a short overview of how ceramics has influenced architecture, both in the past and in modern times:


A Short History of Ceramic Tiles

A Short History of Ceramic Tiles

It began with the oldest of civilizations. Some millennia ago, prominent civilizations such as the Egyptians and Mesopotamians used colored tile bricks to decorate their homes. As time passed on, more and more civilizations and empires slowly incorporated ceramic tiles into their homes.

Notable civilizations that truly advanced and took ceramic tiles to the next level through design and architecture include the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Ottoman Empire, the Portuguese, and the Dutch.


Ishtar Gate

Ishtar Gate

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Thought to be the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon, the Ishtar gate was a sight to behold. It was believed to be built around 575 BC during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. It was dedicated to the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar. It was one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.

Nowadays, you can only see a reconstruction of this mega structure in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. What makes it amazing are the ceramic artworks that covered the whole gate. Striking blue tiles along with carefully sculpted animals that fit extremely well on the ceramic wall.


The Great Mosque of Isfahan

The Great Mosque Of Isfahan

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Congregational mosques often expand depending on the growth and needs of the Muslim Community around it but there has never been such a continuous and consistent expansion that’s quite like the Great Mosque of Isfahan. Its configuration today is the sum of all the building and decorating activities that happened between the 8th and 20th centuries. The whole structure itself is an architectural and cultural wonder. It embodies the political necessities an aesthetic mindset of the great Islamic empires of Persia.

The whole Mosque is an architectural marvel. It is known to be made of thick ceramic tiles—both the inside and outside cover. The grand of the Great Mosque can only be rivaled by its beautiful outward appearance and the intricate patterns and ceramic art that can only leave people in awe.


The Influence of Ceramics in Architecture

30x30 Novara
30×30 Novara

As seen in many historical establishments that made use of ceramic tiles as the main beautifying aspect of their architectural wonders, you can already assume that ceramic tiles have long been at the forefront of aesthetics and architectural geniuses. They made great use of its versatility, durability, and formability in order to create not just the most beautiful of patterns, but the most elaborate art as well!

Today, ceramics in architecture has been relegated to the simple floor, wall, or ceiling tiles. But their beauty remains unrivaled.

In the Philippines, Vinyl tiles may still be the best choice for comfort and convenience, but if your goal is to create a beautiful interior and/or exterior, consider ceramic tiles at the top of your priority list.


Key Takeaway

Ceramic tiles still have the potential to create amazing artworks through floor and wall tiles. They are great for finishing up the look of a room, or simply becoming the highlight of a certain area.

Aside from that, ceramic tiles are also some of the most durable and easy to maintain flooring options that you have—making them a great combination of aesthetics and functionality.

For us in FC Tile Depot, ceramic tiles should be your choice if you want to have a more vibrant and visually appealing supplement to your establishment. Check out some of our best products such as the Avant and Novara Line of Tiles. They’ll surely pique your interest in no time!


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