Mesas de Talavera
Tile tables from Santa Fe


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Introduction:

These tables are assembled and finished in New Mexico, but their major components came from Old Mexico.  The iron frames are made in Ciudad Juarez, while the hand-painted-painted Talavera tiles originate a thousand miles further south in historic Dolores Hidalgo.  ("Talavera" is a city in central Spain famous for ceramics; there is no town by that name in Mexico.)

Talavera tile comes in more than 100 traditional patterns and represents a longer journey in time than in distance.  Some patterns came to Mexico from Spain, others have even earlier origins in North Africa.  If you travel to southern Spain or Morocco, you may be surprised to find a favorite pattern in the tiles of an ancient wall.

The network of surface cracks ("crazing") that gives Talavera its beautiful antique appearance is not a flaw, but simply a characteristic of this type of tile.  Talavera is a handmade product, so variations in color and shape are to be expected.  These tiles are more akin to painted pottery and similar forms of ceramic folk art than to the perfectly uniform, machine-made tile you may be more familiar with.

Talavera was developed in warm climates and is NOT frost/freeze proof. Talavera is especially vulnerable to freeze damage if it is wet.  But outdoor use will not be a problem if you remember to bring your table indoors or cover it in winter.


Information:

Tile
Hand-painted Talavera tile from Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico.

Frame
Hand forged and welded frame, powder coated

Underlay
Moisture-proof Hardibacker® underlay

Grout
Polyblend® grout by Custom Building Products

Dimensions
Top 12” x 12” (15” x15” at feet), 17” tall

Shipping Weight
14 lbs (boxed)
 

Price 
$68.00 each

Shipping & Handling
$14 - $18 each in the lower 48 states, depending on zone

Payment
Personal check or Money Order.  Sorry, no credit cards!

Availability
Your tile choice may be out of stock – please inquire before ordering!

Contact
SORRY - ORDERS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED!


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I leave my table outside year-round?
A: Talavera is not frost/freeze proof; cold temperatures alone are not a problem, but allowing the table to soak water and then freeze will destroy these tiles.  Bring your table inside in winter or otherwise protect it from moisture.

Q:  I want a large coffee table done in tile.  Can you make me one?
A:  No, I don’t have time to do any custom work.

Q:  I have some tiles I bought in Spain.  Will you put them into table for me?
A:  No, see previous question.  Plus, I might break one and become suicidal.

Q:  Is there any discount for buying more than one table?
A:  No, everybody gets my best price regardless of quantity.

Q:  If I buy two tables, can you pack them together to save on shipping?
A:  No.  It’s already a big box with only one table inside.

Q:  What happens if my table is damaged in shipping?
A:  It is fully insured; call UPS and they will tell you what to do next.


Talavera Table Catalog:

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Mesas de Talavera Standard Patterns


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