Arabesque Tile: Here to Stay?
As with many of my posts, this question was inspired by a client of mine. She wanted to use a white ceramic tile, but a white ceramic of the unconventional variety. Even after I showed her all the ways she could use a plain white subway creatively, she still wanted something different. When I suggested she use the white Arabesque tile pattern that I had seen her eyeing, she asked me, “Is this going to be too trendy in a few years?”
Well, this question made me think.
It is true that this pattern has kind of popped up out of nowhere as of late. But in terms of the history, it dates back to Byzantine times. You can hardly call that trendy.
It also appeals to both sexes because it has nice curves (a traditionally feminine shape) coupled with sharp edges (a traditionally masculine shape) all in one pattern, which makes it both universally attractive and quite unique as far as geometric shapes go.
In addition to its all-encompassing appeal, it isn’t strictly a “kitchen” tile or a “bathroom” tile, but rather looks beautiful in all applications. It looks more modern when done in a non-traditional color like this baby blue (above), and looks luxe when done with a metallic finish (below). It’s subtle in white and bombards you in red. I love it as a field, as an accent, and even as a floor tile.
But my client does have a point…is this going to be the next “fleur-de-lis” epidemic of 2006, which exploded out of nowhere (even though it’s been around forever), showed up on everything from candles to wallpaper, and then disappeared again as quickly as it came?
I really don’t have an answer, which is why I’d like to open up this question for discussion: what do you think? Is it here to stay or going to be “so 2010” in the next few years? Would you use it in your home?
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*Featured image is Mission Stone & Tile’s Beveled Arabesque