TRACING THE LEGACY OF ATHANGUDI TILES

Are you searching for a good quality tile? Haven’t you got any of them despite multiple searches? Haven’t any building materials firm offered you the best one till now? As a top architecture firm, we recommend one of the best selling tiles in South India. These tiles are called Athangudi tiles. The best architects always choose these tiles for residential and commercial projects. Athangudi is a tiny village in Karaikudi in the district of Sivaganga that shot to fame for its handmade tiles. Essentially made from cement, what sets these tiles apart is that they are pressed and molded by hand on glass surfaces. Athangudi falls in the Chettinad region, where the palatial mansions of the Chettiars are filled with these specialized tiles.

 

 

 

 

The affluent Chettiars had their mansions kitted out with products from all over the world. Tiles from Spain, teak from Burma, enamel from Czechoslovakia, marble from Italy, and ceramic tiles from Minton. While traditional South Indian homes had floors made of clay or stone, the homes of the Chettiars were a veritable melange of cultures and products from all over the world that included floors sporting tiles that were easy to manage and came with a glazed, fine finish. Walk into Athangudi, and you will enter the world of color. Homes, small and big, are awash with the famous intricately patterned and gloriously hued tiles.

 

 

The factories are not large; most of them have a few workstations where craftsmen are hard at work using their hands to mold and craft these richly patterned tiles. What makes them so alluring even today? It’s the process and the fact that they are eco-friendly.

The freshly finished tiles are kept immersed in water for around 8 to 12 days and dried for 24 hours to make them tightly knit and compact. At the end of this process, the tile slides away from its resident glass frame and is dried out completely by covering them with locally-sourced rice husks. The natural oils in the husk are absorbed by the tiles, giving them a natural sheen and glazed finish.

 

The unique quality of Athangudi tiles

Athangudi tiles are considered sui generis because of their high durability, affordability, and their ability to be customized.

Although they come in a limited range of colors like red, green, and mustard, among others, they are not fried or baked, which makes them easy to maintain. In fact, the colors become brighter with use and additionally, coconut oil can be used to keep them shining.

The tiles are also environmentally friendly with no chemicals in them, which makes them ideal for urban living. Due to these features & eco-friendly nature as a top architect, I would like to suggest to go with these tiles for the welfare of society. Can it get any better than this?