Malibu Revival Tile

Do you know the history behind the Malibu revival tile? In today’s blog I’ll be sharing a little of that information with you in hopes that you will be inspired to utilize this beautiful tile somewhere in your home.

Malibu tile is a type of ceramic tile, whose inspiration came from the tiles that were produced at Malibu Potteries in Malibu, California, during the later half of the 1920s. These tiles reflect a style of design that is referred to as Hispano-Moresque or Arabesque showing bright contrasting glaze colors often in geometric patterns that are reminiscent of tiles produced many centuries ago in the Near and Middle East, North Africa and southern Spain. The Malibu Lagoon Museum which used to be The Adamson House in Malibu, California, contains the largest and most varied display of Malibu Potteries tile. The Adamson House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and became a California Historical Landmark in 1985.

Spanish Revival was influenced by Spanish Colonial architecture of earlier centuries. After the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, the Spanish Revival style caught hold. The growth of California and the film industry during the 1920s and 1930s facilitated the dissemination of the Spanish Revival style. This tile can be used as as flooring (see pictures), frames around doorways and windows, and is used widely as decorative accents throughout the house. Many resorts use this tile in their locations to give the place that Spanish Revival look.

I’m sharing some images with you from La Quinta Resort and Terranea Resort, two of my favorite places to have some R&R. I love this style and hope to own a home with such great characteristics in the near future!

Raquel C.