Dr Archana Verma
Terracotta tiles have been integral to the traditional Indian architecture since ancient times. They cover the roofs, ceilings, floors and walls of traditional buildings. Low cost to produce, they provide livelihood to the traditional artisans of India and provide an aesthetic appealing look to the interiors and exteriors of the buildings.
With the advent of ecology-conscious architecture, terracotta tiles have made entry into modern homes as they cut cost, look appealing and keep the rooms cool and cut electricity charges. If ornate tiles are use on floors, they also do away with the necessity of using rugs or carpets and are low-maintenance.
Terracotta tiles come in different ornate designs and colours and create varied textures to the walls, floor and ceilings.
There are thousands of artisans in India making and selling terracotta ties all over the world at reasonable costs. A very good place to look for them is IndiaMart, the largest E-store website of India.
Ecology-conscious people must explore the option of terracotta tiles for their buildings. It is amazing how many benefits they provide at very low cost.