Mughal Magnificence: Decorating with Glazed Tiles

The Mughals slipped numerous marvels into the infinite layers of Indian history. They made advances in observational astronomy, introduced Mughlai cuisine to India and their architectural style became an integral thread in India’s renowned architectural fabric. The Mughals left India shining, and today, their legacy still dazzles locals and tourists alike. One such treasure that the Mughal empire left behind was glazed tiles, an embellishment technique that has inspired urban decorating styles today.

Glazed tiles have morphed to take on a range of roles as décor pieces. They come in a plethora of patterns and designs, and though they traditionally feature typically ethnic designs, they are now made in factories to appeal to a larger audience. 

A raised floor mosaic is the ideal alternative to a coffee table and can be artfully created with just a few glazed tiles. First, select an array of colourful, patterned tiles and mount your tiles on wooden blocks to create height. Then, place these blocks in a cluster where you would normally place your coffee table. Since your tables are low, you could opt for low divans, and hey presto, a relaxed, earthy seating area is created. 

Of course, when it comes to your floor, there are a number of factors to consider. Slip-resistance, barrier-free design and ageing are some of them. Yet, certain parts of the floor can be highlighted as feature areas. These could be balcony floors, indoor plant enclosures or even the dining area. Draw inspiration from Mughal designs to choose tiles that suit your colour palette and sensibility. Alternatively, you could choose plain tiles in bold colours, like emerald green and royal blue; some of the colours the Mughals loved to use. 

The patterns that adorn Mughal glazed tiles are brilliantly intricate and stand out against any medium. For instance, doors can be enhanced with glazed tiles as centre panels. You could pick an assortment of designs to add visual interest, or you could pick a singular, large design that you could piece together with tiles. There are many designs available in the market today.

Moreover, crockery inspired by Mughal patterns can work wonderfully on the dinner table. Imagine bone china laced with zaffre circles and peacock blue rosettes. Use these plates as feature pieces on your table, and use standalone glazed tiles as coasters for hot pans and plates. Coat the bases of the tiles with a thin layer of foam to ensure a better grip. 

Extend the Mughal theme to the balcony by enrobing your flower pots in delicate glazed tiles. 

If you prefer a more simplistic look, you could opt for small, square, monotone tiles that you could line in neat rows along your pot. All you need is superglue and some white paint. 

Start by applying the tiles to your clay pot along the lip of your pot. You could continue in a straight line, or even do an abstract design by creating a scattered effect. 

Once you have fixed all your tiles on your pot, you will find parts of your pot exposed, with the terracotta peeking through. You could coat this with a paint colour of your choice, to mesh with the colour of your tiles. 

Creating picture frames of tiles are effective in giving your room a rustic edge. By mounting a 2x2 grid of tiles on a slim sheet of wood, you can create a décor feature that can add a different dimension to your room. You needn’t cover your feature with glass; leave it open for more impact. 

Glazed tiles are perfect for any part of the home. When are you picking yours?

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