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Athangudi Tiles by Abiraj M


When it rains in the adjacent communities’ woodlands. They take sand that is blown into streams and use it to make these tiles. This sand was quite breathable. This sand is used to manufacture. This sand is used to manufacture tiles, which makes it a cool spot in the summer and a wet place in the rainy season.

Athangudi tiles are elaborately patterned handcrafted tiles that originated in the small town of Athangudi in Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad district. These tiles can be traced back to the pre-independence era in India, when trade between India and western countries was facilitated. Even in affluent Indian houses, the west’s impact was obvious, and the same was true when it came to the expensive west-manufactured tiles. However, getting the western tiles changed or repaired in the event of damage was a nightmare. The availability of Athangudi tiles and the costs associated with using western tiles were the two key factors that led to their creation. Since then, these tiles have been created and are vibrant in colour and pattern.

Athangudi tiles are made without the use of ceramic, marble, or vitrified materials. Because these tiles are fully handcrafted, they employ easily available eco-friendly materials and do not require the precision of a machine. The tiles are usually prepared with locally sourced sand, cement, and natural oxides. Because the entire work is handmade, the procedure is slow because numerous phases must be completed, each of which takes a long time (approximately 10-12 days) and requires a great deal of precision. Because no machines are used in the procedure, no heat, fire, or extreme pressure is used to generate the tiles.

Eco-Friendly tiles – The raw materials used to make Athangudi tiles are not hazardous to the environment. During the preliminary steps, no heat, pressure, or undesired chemicals are used. There are no negative effects on the environment because there are no chemicals used in the process.

Chettinad is a place known for its cuisine, large bungalows. and handcrafted indigenous tiles.

These tiles are handcrafted in the village of athangudi in the Tamil nadu region of chettinad.

Athangudi tiles were employed in the flooring of chrttinadu’s grand homes.

Due to their medical reasons, they are presently in high demand.

The major raw material for the tils was Athungudai sand, which was mined near the forest. This sand also had excellent breathing.

 So these tiles will cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The main reason for this is that local sand has a good breathing quality. Also, this sand has a lot of medicinal benefits.

The gap between the two tiles is less than 1 millimetre, despite the tile’s total thickness of 18 millimetres. In addition, the total weight of this tile is 2.3 kg.

The tile manufactured here is 10 by 10 inches in size.

They’re employing a seven-colour scheme that includes reed green, black, yellow, blue, and grey.

This tile has a meantones-free quality.

Cleaning these tiles is a simple procedure. 5 litres of water are required for 2 drops of coconut oil.

The scratch will fade in a few days, and the tile has a 40 to 50-year life expectancy.

They continue to make these tiles in the traditional manner. They do not use machines to make these tiles.

To present, no chemicals have been employed in the manufacturing of these.  These items are made with cement, chalk powder, with cement, and colour oxide.

Commonly Available Tile Sizes:

  • Flooring (0.75 inch thick)
    • 8 x 8 inches
    • 10 x 10 inches
  • Skirting (0.5 inch thick)
    • 8 x 8 inches
    • 10 x 10 inches
  • Borders (0.75 inch thick)
    • 10 x 5 inches
    • 8 x 6 inches
    • 8 x 5 inches
    • 8 x 4 inches


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