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By Debbie AndersonMay 26, 2021May 28th, 2021No Comments

The Artist’s Touch

When it comes to home finishes, we honor the maker’s hand. And nothing answers a desire for the unique better than slightly imperfect artisan tile, whether molded, cut, painted or glazed. If you’re a perfectionist, they may not be for you (and wavy forms and erratic edges can make the installer curse). But we love all things wabi-sabi, because life is messy and the constant demand for perfection takes a toll. Here are some of our favorites. — Babs Rodriguez

Southlake-based Riad’s cement tile is made by craftsmen who specialize in encaustic techniques. Variations in color and shapes are their hallmark; this Trident Blue has a powerful pull. Just know the tiles must be sealed after installation. For more info, visit riadtile.com. Photo by Margaret Brinson Wright

The Ken Mason Maroc Two Collection has what we look for in artisan hand-painted, terra-cotta tile. Find this Cloudy Grey & Stella mosaic plus more colors and patterns at The Water Closet. Photo by Meda Kessler 

This lovely two-dimensional ceramic tile is handmade in Oregon. The crackled glaze amplifies the watery beauty of the Lagoon, Midnight, Rain and Cloud palette. Find more patterns and colors at Bottega Design Gallery. Photo by Meda Kessler

Inspired by the designer’s jewelry line, the Lauren Harper Collection features mosaics of stained glass. Find the handcrafted Agate Lilac WJ Mosaic at Artistic Tile’s new Dallas studio, which is open to the public by appointment. Photo courtesy of Artistic Tile

Handmade Moroccan, or zellige, tile has elevated imperfection for centuries. Exclusive to Ann Sacks, the Idris by Aït Manos (“The Tribe of the Hands”) collection is drawn, chiseled and glazed by sixth-generation artisans. Subtle variations reflect the light to create a sense of motion. Available in bright, neutral and metallic glazes. Photos courtesy of Ann Sacks


Ann Sacks 1616 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 214-742-8453, annsacks.com Artistic Tile Dallas Design District, 1617 Hi Line Drive, Suite 270, 214-760-1753, artistictile.com Bottega Design Gallery 2824 Marquita Drive, Fort Worth, 817-731-2600, bottegadesigngallery.com The Water Closet 3600 Crestline Road, Fort Worth, 817-332-0607, twcinteriors.com