BEST FOR: A global aesthetic
You could easily lose a few hours exploring US brand Ann Sacks’ showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. With a vibrant Stateside aesthetic, the company scours the globe for the most innovative materials, artisans and designers, and regularly launches collaborations with household interior names such as Kelly Wearstler. Expect high-end tiles in innovative designs and finishes.
BEST FOR: Bespoke designs
Known for creating beautiful bathrooms, Balineum’s tile collection is a stand-out. We love the Series S range – handmade in Italy, it’s inspired by the seaports of the Mediterranean. With more than 100 patterns available as part of the collection, you’ll find field tiles, border tiles and authentic listelli trims as part of the line-up – all in a variety of shapes and sizes – allowing you to create bespoke designs to suit your space.
Bert & May
BEST FOR: Refined patterns
With a reputation for a raw but still refined aesthetic, founder Lee Thornley left London in 2004 to set up reclaimed tile company Bert & May in Andalusia. Just four years later, he opened his award-winning boutique hotel, Casa La Siesta, in Cadiz, showcasing his talent for sourcing reclaimed materials. What began as a small online venture took on a new life a decade ago when Lee met Juanma – the owner of a small family business specialising in artisan encaustic tiles and traditional handmade techniques. Since then, the company has evolved in a specialist supplier of handmade artisan tiles.
Artisans of Devizes
BEST FOR: Homegrown craftsmanship
Artisans of Devizes was founded in the late 80s, with nothing more than a sparse workshop, a handful of craft skills and a passion for natural stone and handmade tiles. Over the last 30 years, it has grown steadily to become one of the UK’s leading stone and tile companies but has remained true to its core values of quality, craftsmanship, integrity and collaboration. With showrooms in Wiltshire and London, you can explore an eclectic portfolio of natural and man-made products from around the world.
BEST FOR: Quality at competitive prices
Originally tilers and designers, husband-and-wife team Peter and Helen soon realised a gap in the market for quality porcelain and stone tiles. From there, European Heritage was born via a showroom in Fulham. Whether you're looking for floor tiles or wall tiles, bathroom tiles or kitchen tiles, the huge product portfolio offers endless options and combinations to help you create the effect you’re after. You’ll find everything here – from porcelain stoneware to natural stone, ceramics to mosaics, as well as an extensive range of Victorian floor tiles.
BEST FOR: State-of-the-art production
The Claybrook team came together in 2017 to find well-crafted materials which focused on design and quality. With a diverse background ranging from designing theatre sets through to retailing, surface design and conceptual art, between them they have a common love for clay. Taking raw material and shaping it into something useful and beautiful is what this team are about – be it handmade terracotta, hard-wearing porcelain or glazed wall tiles.
BEST FOR: Colourful designs
Established in 2002, Mosaic Factory manufactures bespoke tiles to cater to small and large projects. With a huge collection of zellige (Moroccan tiles), terrazzo, granito and encaustic tiles in a range of colours and designs – from traditional to modern – be sure to make use of their online tool which allows you to easily view your custom look. For immediate purchase, there’s a large amount of available stock of the brand’s most popular designs. Alternatively, visit the London showroom on Columbia Road to see what’s on offer.
BEST FOR: Terracotta
Having established a reputation as a leading producer of custom, hand-painted terracotta tiles, designer Meir Zenati is often inspired by global cultures and artisan craftsmanship. Now the brand has grown to offer a bespoke collection of stones, terracottas, hand-painted tiles and wood and parquet options – so you’ll find some flooring options in the mix,too.
BEST FOR: Expert advice
Mandarin Stone founder and managing director Alma Small started out selling just a few slate tiles from the back of her estate car 30 years ago. Now, the business is something of a household name in the industry, with 13 showrooms throughout the UK. While natural stone lies at the heart of the collection, man-made porcelain tiles also feature, keeping the brand right at the forefront of of the latest trends.
BEST FOR: Traditional techniques with a contemporary twist
Otto Tiles & Design is a London-based tile company where rustic meets contemporary. Born and raised in Istanbul, founder and creative director Damla Turgut began her career in finance law before returning to Istanbul to set up Otto Tiles & Design in 2004. Now based in London once more, Damla mixes ancient art and handicraft from her homeland with traditional aesthetics and modern style to create a truly unique collection.