In my last post on my quest for aqua blue wall tiles, I expressed my disappointment at none of the leading brands having a shade even remotely closer to this one.
Since then, we have visited numerous shops in Banaswadi, Marathahalli, Indira Nagar and Shivaji Nagar. Who knew tiles such as this blue can be a exemplary, but least sought after one in the Indian market. I was told, time and again, by all the dealers that beige and brown were the preferred choices and often, the only choice. The rest simply never got sold. One exception was Nitco that has shades of dark green, brown and blue in matt finish. And, I actually liked them for the rustic look. The rugged surface tiles are actually floor tiles that can be used on walls as well. This is one thing you can keep in mind: floor tiles can be used for wall tiles, but not vice versa. But, I was sure that I didn’t want a matt finish with uneven surface as cleaning is tough, especially in a kitchen.
A few readers were sweet and kind enough to point me in the right direction: custom handmade tiles. You know who you are; a heartfelt thank you for sharing the resources. So, here is the list if you are looking for off-beat tiles like I was; I just love each one of them because they are unique, classy, and have either the not-seen-before or ordinary-but-elusive thing about them:
1. Piccolo Mosaic available at Sandeep Ceramics, Banaswadi.
2. Keramos Tiles available at Vishnu Marketing, 100 feet Road, Indira Nagar. This place is worth a visit to look at the Keramos tiles and other glass tiles on display.
I’m yet to visit the Stonarts.D showroom in Bangalore.
If you know of any more custom handmade tile companies in India and how to procure them in Bangalore, please do leave a comment.
1,5 – Keramos
2, 3 – Piccolo tiles.
4: BBC Good Homes June 2015 Issue