Tabarka Studio Bows a Tile Collection With an Arizona Client in Mind

Nora Burba Trulsson | May 23, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

Looking for something subtly Southwest? Tabarka Studio’s new Canyon Collection of handmade terra-cotta tiles pay homage to Arizona’s architecture, art and Native cultures.

Tabarka Studio’s new Canyon Collection is inspired by natural colors found in the desert landscape.

Scottsdale has been home to Tabarka Studio for 14 years, so it makes sense that the maker of handcrafted terra-cotta tiles took Arizona imagery as inspiration for its newest line, Canyon Collection, launched in April.

The line is the latest from Tabarka’s creative director, Meir Zenati, who founded the tile company in Mexico in 2000 with his wife, Yvonne, who handles the marketing. Known initially for its distressed, reclaimed-look tiles with Moorish and Mediterranean roots, Tabarka has branched out to include scores of tile patterns, including contemporary styles, as well as parquet flooring. The 60,000-square-foot Scottsdale facility includes a to-the-trade showroom and a factory, and the Zenatis recently opened their second U.S. showroom, in Los Angeles.

Tabarka’s Canyon line includes three groupings with a total of 12 abstracted patterns inspired by Navajo symbolism—like the thunderbird, Native American crafts such as basketry and Frank Lloyd Wright-referencing geometric forms. The collection’s sun-bleached and sandy-hued tiles come in a 6-by-6-inch size, but are available from 3-by-3-inch up to 12-by-12-inch sizes, with custom colors available.

How to bring some Canyon charisma into your own home? Counters, floors and walls. A kitchen backsplash, perhaps, or a powder room—maybe a statement wall or two. To the trade


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