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Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Floor, home, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, Terra cotta tiles, terrazzo | Comments Off on Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Continueing on my Orient adventure. Today I visited the Great Wall of China . 325.0 miles long.  It took 300 years to build, and tomorrow on to where a farmer, no in his eighties, found and wonder full treasure for his home land to preseve and keeps as a natural tressure.  Arriving I couldn’t wait to see what I have only see, Like many of you on the National Goo graphic pecial ro on the Discovery, or even as part of a movie that displays these terracotta soldiers as a big part of the movie As I walked up I understand about the duribilty of thes “fired Earth” which is which Terra cotta is translated to in english. As tjat os wjat ot actially is, clay fired to a strength . These soldiers were not only built by enslved people that were taken by war, but also the life;s of the craftmen that made these life like figure to follow the First Emporier into the afterlife.  Each  with different features, Unigue in thier own right. As I read through the finformation, knowing about the use of Terra cotta by the way of my business, I understand why Terra cotta is also used as a durable flooring.  We clean and polish many Terra cotta tiles in my business.  These are yet another natural material that has been used for thousands of years in different forms.  From Soldiers to floor tile to pots that we plant in on our patio’s. I couldn wait to get the first shot. The “money shot”. However pictures do not do these Soldiers justice.  At least not my camera. But here is my shot.  To know that these were created from the clay of the area and by skilled craftsman for the First Emporior of China was awesome.  Enjoy the video above to find out more about thise Terra cotta Soldiers via the video and link. Living in South Florida, Tera Cotta is seen often.  And it is also used in other areas of the  United states.  New York City comes to mind  Terra Cotta is Historically preserved in NYC on some of the  older building facades, Terra Cotta was used extensively. For your flooring needs, of natural stone or earthen flooring, such as Terra Cotta, Mexican Tiles, Terrazzo, Marble, Granite. even concrete!  Colonial Floor Care has the expertise to help you with what ever type flooring you may have in your home in South Florida.  Call 305-731-2242 for Miami/Dade County. 561-337-1408 for Palm Beach County, 954-566-4555 for Broward county and in Tamp/St Petersburg call 813-527-9797. The business has been in service to these fine countys for over 20 years and continue to serve Souther florida will all of it’s natural stone care needs.  Call and let us discuss your needs, whether it be Terra Cotta tile, or facade, or Terrazo,concrete or marble.  We treat your  homes situration with professionalizm and pride. Unable to call? Use the easy web link to let us know about your needs.  Some one will get back to you as soon as we receive your...

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Mexican Tile, A Proud Tradition in Hand Made Clay Tiles

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in home, How to and Syle | Comments Off on Mexican Tile, A Proud Tradition in Hand Made Clay Tiles

Mexican Tile is used widely here in South Florida. There are many styles of Mexican tile. And while doing some research on these beautiful tile that the Colonial Floor and Stone Care has cleaned and polished, I found that they have a long and varied history. Mexican tile, would lead you to believe that all the tile were made in Mexico, how ever Talavera Tile dates back to 15th century Spain. When the Italians introduced the artisan work of the Arabic, Italian, and Asian designed tile during the 15thcentury to Spain. Using all the knowledge from those styles of clay tiles, Talavera ceramic was born. Designs and patterns are traced back to Chinese and Philippine origins while even older variations of this art form date back to 8th century Arabic culture. Craftsmen in Italy began experimenting with glazes during the Middle Ages, and as a result many new colors were developed.   And after the Spanish colonization of Mexico, the Spaniards introduced ceramic tile production and Mexican artisans adopted it and again adding their own flare,color and design. Handcrafted ceramic tile is a cultural heritage in Mexico, the  practice of making clay tile began in the late sixteen century, around 1570 and 1573. The decorative ceramic tiles have actively played a distinguished role as an important utilitarian and decorative element in Mexican architecture. The tiles are made from clay dug out of the ground, mixed with water to form tile or pottery and fired in a Kiln  to temperatures that clay undergoes chemical changes and becomes permanently hard. Then the tile is glazed and decorated by hand, and fired once again to give it its final and lively finish. Its physical characteristics make Mexican tiles particularly attractive and distinctive. Mexican tiles are concave (not perfectly flat). The tiles are unique, hand painted, original and a part of a functional decor. There are many types of Mexican tiles, Terra Cotta which means Burnt Earth, are the most known, and once again, are made by digging for the clay earth that can be mixed with water and hand pressed into forms to make each individual tile different. NYC even recognizes the importance of this type of material and is preserving  historic Terra Cotta and using it in new design architecture. Whether you have decorative, brightly hand painted Mexican tile on your back splash in your kitchen or decorating your patio, or beautiful Glazed Mexican Terra Cotta floor tiles,  the professionals at Colonial Floor and Stone Care, will bring back the shine to your Mexican tile.  Call for a free estimate or go to Colonial Floor and Stone Care to request your free estimate. We can be reached at 305-731-2242 for Miami / Dade county, 965-566-4555 for Ft. Lauderdale/Broward county and 561-337-1408 for West Palm Beach/Palm Beach...

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