In this range we have used antique Spanish roof tiles to house
a number of our flamelighting products,
both really real and nearly real. The tiles themselves, called ‘Roman’
in style, have been made in the same manner throughout the Mediterranean
for the last two millennia. Firstly the tiles are roughly cut to
shape and then formed to a curved by moulding on the thigh (generally
those of the women of the village, we are given to understand).
The upper surface is then smoothed by hand or with a wooden spatula
and the tiles are then fired in a wood-fueled clay kiln.
The tiles were not designed with aesthetic tastes in mind –
the last time a designer ran his eye over them it was a couple of
thousand years ago and he spoke Latin.
Neither were the tiles ‘hand-crafted using the finest materials’
– hands, a bit of thigh and the nearest source of clay would
do. They were made to perform a function and it is this lack of
modern technology or desire for perfection that gives the tiles
their unique charm.
Depending on the local clay and the degree of firing, the tiles
exhibit a wide variety of colours – from dusky pink to yellow
and reddish-grey. The shaping and sizes are also highly variable,
each tile being more unique than a fingerprint – you can even
tell whether the maker was right or left-handed !
The many decades of weathering in situ have also had their effect
on the character of the tiles – sun-bleached in some parts,
water-stained in others. Moss, lichen and other flora have made
their home on the tiles and all contribute to their exquisitely
rustic nature. To clean the tiles would detract from their beauty
so please don’t expect anything pristine.
- Candle Sconce - wrought-iron candle holder set in a single tile.
- Wall washer - a reversed tile shading a conventional household light-bulb.
- Gel burners - table and wall versions house a 350g reservoir of flammable gel (c. 2.5hr burn-time)
- Silk Flamelights - again, a table and a wall version. A quite superb effect, particularly the wall model - you'd think the tile itself was hot!
Given the variation in tile sizes, we can
only give you dimensions and weights in ball-park figures. These
are detailed below :-
Heights : Wall lamps c. 400 – 460 mm
Table lamps c. 180 – 220 mm
Widths Wall lamps c. 190 – 230 mm
Table lamps c. 170 – 200 mm
Weights : Single tile c. 2.5 – 3.0
Tile and a half c. 3.5 – 4.0 kg
Two half-tiles c. 2.5 – 3.0 kg