La tomette, LE carré de Provence

La tomette, THE square of Provence

Provençal tiles, an emblem of our dear South!

Terracotta tiles made by hand for centuries, these stones adorn many Provençal houses and apartments.

credit: Clémence Taillez

It was around 1830 that the city of Salernes used terracotta, a material used for millennia, to shape hexagonal malons: Provençal tiles.

Initially assimilated to rustic tiles, they were first worn in peasant houses before spreading throughout the Provençal territory, for their authentic and traditional appearance.

The fruit of ancestral French know-how, these stones are known for their resistance and durability. They are much more than a simple terracotta tile. They immerse us in the full Provençal dream: from the song of the cicadas to the sensation of warm feet placed on the tiles, soaked in sunlight.

credit: Raise Me Up

Each tile is shaped by hand. Provençal tiles are generally hexagonal in shape because they are easier to cut and stackable. This shape also made it possible to maximize the use of clay by minimizing losses when cutting the tiles. This atypical shape thus gave all the originality and unique character of these stones made in Provence.

Generally terracotta in color, they are a source of inspiration for our collections . Their warm color is reminiscent of summer, the blue sky, the sun... Provence!

author: Pauline Taccini
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