Dancing Light: Crackle Glaze Tiles

With their deliberately distressed design and useful variety of feature trims, crackle glaze tiles can make an
impressive design statement, whatever the style or age of your property. These tiles come in a variety of sizes,
starting with the very small (7.5cm x 15cm), which are useful for creating borders, feature surrounds or in
splashback areas where space might be at a premium. Larger tiles are available in the standard 10cm x 20cm size,
or in an XL at 10cm x 30cm, which can be installed very effectively to cover more extensive areas. You might try a
whole wall with this large format and play around with installation techniques to add interest to the already unusual
surface texture.

So what is crackle glaze, and why would you choose it for your new tiling option? Crackle glaze, also known as
Craquelure or just crazing is a special finish that is deliberately designed to make tiles look like a painted surface
which has cracked with age. It originates from the authentication techniques used for paintings in oil or tempera,
where the pattern of cracking can be used to identify specific paint components used by Old Masters and is
indicative of the age of the work. Craquelure is the French word for the intricate pattern of cracks that form on the
surface of various materials as a result of ageing, drying, deliberate patterning, or all three in combination. It is most
frequently used in reference to paintings, but can also be found in antique ivory.

One of the simplest installation techniques is the basic running or brick bond layout, which can be very forgiving to
uneven or flawed surfaces. Laid in this way, the tiles are not lined up in absolutely straight lines, so they can
effectively disguise any existing imperfections in the base wall surface. Vintage tile designs are perfectly suited to
this special finish and are an ideal choice for a renovation, where the craquelure finish will underline the
suggestion of original, aged tiles. Crackle glaze tiles are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and pool rooms, where the
light will dance off the refractive surfaces and make the whole room sparkle. Colours can be mixed and matched,
perhaps interleaving layers of colour or alternating side by side in a check pattern for an unusual and individual
One of the most useful things about Crackle Glaze tiles is the dedicated accessory range, where you can finish off
your room with specially formatted dado tiles, trims and corner pieces, which look superb in a vintage tile design.
Despite their crazed appearance, crackle glaze tiles are just as easy to keep clean as a smooth tile, making them
ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms, but when used in wet rooms they must be sealed with an appropriate
sealant. Crackle glaze tiles are generally used exclusively for walls, owing to their typically small size and
specialised surface, but in other respects, they are very versatile, and are definitely trending in today’s interior

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