Baths, Tiled Rooms
While researching for beautiful tiled rooms the Turkish hamam, stands out as does moroccan tile. See my blog on Moroccan and Mexican tile here.
The Hamam is a kind of a sauna or steam bath, that played an important role in Turkish society. More than a wellness retreat, the local hammam was a spot for social gatherings, where marriage proposals were made to young maidens by elderly ladies on behalf of their sons and where men talked shop and cut business deals.
Hamams were also a testing ground for young architects. If they could put a proper dome over a hamam, they could move on to bigger projects like mosques.
Kempinski Palace, Istanbul
Even though the centuries-long tradition of hamam-going came to an end in the mid-20th century when each new home was installed with a bath of its own, the ritual of spending time in a Turkish hamam is now more of an indulgence that you can treat yourself to. Bridal hamams are especially popular with the younger crowd as bachelorette parties, where singing and belly dancing are a must. Here are fine hotel hamams.
Luxury Spa Istanbul
London, Harrods Day Spa
A traditional Turkish hamam has three interconnected rooms called the sıcaklık (caldarium), which is the hot room; the warm room (tepidarium), which is the intermediate room; and the soğukluk, which is the cool room (frigidarium). In the hot room, you soak up steam and get scrub massages from the hands of an experienced therapist. The warm room is used for washing with soap and water, and the cool room is for relaxing, getting dressed, having a refreshing drink such as pomegranate juice or sometimes tea, and, where available, a nap in a private cubicle after the massage.
Four Seasons, Marrakech
Crystal Palace Spa
Love these sinks from Compas Stone for your bath/spa.
Topkapi Palace Hammam
So much for the spa application for tile. Here are some great ideas for designing with tile.
Kitchen focal point wall for the sink.
Mosaic Tile backsplash
Love this look.
Palm Beach, Designed by De Biasi
Marble Tile Bath