We have tiles from 17 countries and 17 U.S. states. They are from huge factories, small factories, and studios of a few people or only one person. Among them are tiles of very different characters, running from one extreme to the other - from finely molded, hand painted porcelain to stoneware tiles. We have tiles of natural stone, polished, honed, tumbled, and natural cleft, and tiles of so-called faux stone, which may simulate any of the finishes of natural stone.
The emphasis of some tile makers is essentially on decorative tiles and they make field tiles in order to back up the decorative ones. The business of others is really heavily on field tiles (plain ones) but they make decorative tiles as well. Quite often, tiles from one tile maker put together with tiles from another provide the most interesting and pleasing installations. Such mixtures, if properly chosen, can make it possible to have tiles that might not otherwise be affordable.
An important point to make about Harbor Farm and tiles is that we specialize in helping customers to mix tiles for the greatest visual effect and for the most cost effective result.
Tiles are not an expenditure, they are an investment. They not only improve the quality of a house but the quality of life. We have tiles for floors, walls and counters. Some can be used for more than one of these. Others cannot.
To see what we did at our house, click here
We have tiled areas where water is involved and where there is foot traffic from outdoors. The halls downstars are tiled, but upstairs is old, ramdom width oak or chestnut. The enclosed porch, where we and our animals spend a lot of time is tiled. The utility room and the workshop are tiled. The tiles in each area were chosen for their appropiate character to that space.
Following are our tiles by Series designation, each with notes on its character.Examples of some of our decorative tiles. They are all hand painted. They may be on either hand made or machine made tiles. They may be flat or raised relief.
Each kind of tile has its own specific character. the differences, one from the other, are extreme, offering aesthetic choices of installation, enabling the creation of very different atmospheres, perhaps delicate, perhaps delicate, perhaps refined, perhaps unostentatious quality, perhaps country cottage, and so on.