Delft blue tiles, have been made in and around the city of Delft in the Netherlands since the 16th century. The Dutch tile makers may have been influenced by the popular blue and white porcelain that was imported from China at that time. The tin-glazed pottery tiles in blue and white depict a variety of native Dutch subjects including ships, windmills, flowers, animals, landscapes, and seascapes as seen in the examples below:
Delft blue tiles have been popular in America since the Colonial period. This photograph shows the tiles used in a fireplace surround displayed at the Colonial Williamsburg museum in Virginia:
Delft blue tiles are still fashionable today. In the rooms pictured below, the Delft tile fireplace surrounds add color and charm to the space:
Tiles featuring ships or other seascape scenes are ideal for use in a coastal home:
Delft blue tiles are often used in kitchens:
Here’s an interesting use of tile around a dining room window:
The classic blue and white Delft tiles add color, charm, and visual interest to any space where they are featured. I am thinking that there must be a spot where I can add them to my home!