A detail from the Papyrus Fresco in the House of the Ladies in Thera/Santorini. Papyrus was probably not indigenous to Thera, though it might have grown in Crete. Even there, it could not have been a common plant. The stylised flower suggests that the iconographical form was derived from Egypt. The original dates to ca 1550-1500BC.
Minoan fresco tile with papyrus lilies
- Height: 16cm Width: 12cm
They are all made in Greece in the workshop of the Lioulias family, with whom It's All Greek is proud to have been working since 2004.
The tiles are made of a resin compound. Many have a 'craquelure' effect, to replicate the fine pattern of formed on the surface of paintings, in particular due to the ageing of paints and pigments.
Should you wish to put these tiles in a bathroom or garden, it would be wise to apply a coat of transparent PVA sealant to protect them from rain and frost. They are supplied ready to hang, with a sturdy, embedded metal strip or, in the case of the larger ones, two strips which can be connected with picture wire. They can also be incorporated as features within a tiled wall.