Introducing Our Brand New Lace Market Tiles

1st June 2020

By Jemima Smith

Over the last few weeks, so many of us have done a little sprucing or DIY around the home, so I thought it was a great time to introduce you to these new beauties… Lace Market Tiles by deVOL! They’re super unique and incorporate really lovely and intricate lace detailing and each one is made by hand at our Cotes Mill ceramics studio.

Lace Market Tiles: Vintage Teal, Rose & Sepia


We know that finding the perfect vintage tiles can be time-consuming and often very challenging, so we decided to create a brand new range of vintage-inspired tiles with Hannah, one of our ceramicists who works for our sister company Floors of Stone.

Our Lace Market tiles are created using an original Victorian tile press! It’s big and old and very heavy, but we love that we’re able to use a bit of equipment that has so much history and character, especially when the tiles we’re creating were inspired by that very era!! You might be wondering where on earth we found a Victorian tile press in this day and age, and the answer is from a lovely gentleman from Stoke on Trent, who had been in the business of making handmade tiles for years and was retiring. He chose deVOL to be the new owners of his beloved tile press after seeing that we design and make our own unique ceramic tiles. How cool is that?!  

Our Vintage Tile Press being used by Hannah to create a Lace Market Tile


So, how do we make the tiles!?

“Using Earthenware clay powder, the powder is carefully scattered into the mould. By releasing the large swinging arms, this creates the right momentum to force the heavy ‘punch’ down and press perfectly into the mould. After a few swings and a firm stamp on the pedal, the newly-pressed tile is ready to be pulled away from the press” – Hannah

How incredible that these tiles are made instantly using dry powder… those Victorians were smart!!

An old lace garment ready to be pressed into the clay


Hannah managed to find some intricate vintage lace remnants and garments from her grandmother and incorporated these into this wonderfully bohemian collection of tiles. Getting the colour and look right was really important and Hannah has worked tirelessly to perfect a range of glazes that give these tiles a beautiful aged and weathered feel in three colours: a warm rusty sepia, a vintage teal and a delicate rose pink. To create the lace imprint, the lace is simply stamped onto the clay during the pressing process, which perfectly captures the ornate and intricate details.

A Lace Market Tile just after being pressed


You’d often find these types of Victorian tiles in London tube stations, pubs, as well as porches and fire surrounds; the decorative embossed trim that we have incorporated into our tiles is so reminiscent of the ornate style of this era. We have included both plain and decorative tiles to create the same vintage look and we can’t wait to see what they look like in our customers’ homes!!

All of the tiles are so beautiful, and there’s lots to choose from, but I thought I’d include a few of my personal favourites:

Vintage Teal Plain Tile (Long Metro)


Rose Flanders Tile (Metro)


Sepia Flemish Tile (Metro)


Vintage Teal Flanders Tile (Square)


Rose Venetian Tile (Square)


We can imagine these tiles in so many situations; kitchen splashbacks, bathrooms, utility rooms. They’re a little bit different to most tiles and they add something so special and unique; the delicate rose colours, totally authentic sepia tones and the aged look of the teal all conjure up wonderfully eclectic interiors. You can view the full range of our Lace Market Tiles here. Pricing ranges from £5 to £15 per tile and we can ship worldwide!!

But if these aren’t quite your vibe, we also have lots of different styles that are just as unique and beautiful, from our vibrant Emerald Green London Tiles to our cool Crackle Metro Tiles, you’re sure to find something you love! You can view our full collection of handmade tiles here.

To order any of our tiles, please get in touch with our enquiries team. They will be more than happy to give you a quote and set up delivery for you!

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