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Delft Blue Tiles

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:

via Pinterest

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:

via Little Green Notebook

Delft blue tiles are still fashionable today.  In the rooms pictured below, the Delft tile fireplace surrounds add color and charm to the space:

House and Garden via Pinterest
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Knight Carr
Louise Brooks, Traditional Home
Louise Brooks,Traditional Home
via Spitalfields Life
Furlow Gatewood via Pinterest
Meggie H Interiors

Tiles featuring ships or other seascape scenes are ideal for use in a coastal home:

via Completely Coastal
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New England Home Magazine
via This Old House
via This Old House

Delft blue tiles are often used in kitchens:

Louise Brooks, Traditional Home
via Pinterest
via Pinterest

Here’s an interesting use of tile around a dining room window:

Architectural Digest Russia

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!




6 thoughts on “Delft Blue Tiles

  1. Such lovely images and great ideas, Elizabeth. You sent me on a bit of a pinning binge! I loved Delft before I discovered transfer ware. Then I went to Turkey when I worked with the ceramic tile industry. We saw remarkable blue and white tile there, thousands of years old. We really need to appreciate how ancient both the material and the color is. Thank you so much or sharing. Have a great week!


    1. I absolutely love Turkish tiles Janet! The colors and patterns are exquisite. I have a few tiles from Turkey that I bought on a trip in my early 20s. I would have bought more had my budget allowed! You make a wonderful point about appreciating how old this technique is–the antique tiles are my favorites. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment!


  2. Delft blues are fantastic, Elizabeth and so are these selections! That vintage kitchen with green cabinets and Delft tiles is similar to my grandmother’s old kitchen and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely post for a cold, gray Monday morning, thanks 🙂


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