Los Angeles — The desire to decorate is an ancient human instinct. It can be traced back to the walls of Neanderthal caves and the etchings on Mesopotamian cooking vessels. “Decoration” is the 2014 theme for Walker Zanger, the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company, and its new Duquesa collection fit the “decoration” motif flawlessly: each individual Duquesa tile is hand-painted.
Duquesa (the Spanish word for “Duchess”) draws its inspiration from diverse cultural influences, including Persian textiles, Portuguese tiles, Egyptian stone inlay and Chinese screens.
“With Duquesa, we wanted to create a collection that was historically influenced, yet clearly distilled through a contemporary filter,” notes Walker Zanger Vice President of Design and Marketing Jared Becker. “This new collection is equally fitting for a backsplash in a Manhattan brownstone, or a master bath in a Malibu retreat.”
Handcrafted in the USA, Duquesa achieves its “classic look through a modern lens” effect via a contemporary palette that varies from subtle combinations of navy and gray to bright Mediterranean blues and rich yellow ochre accented with metallic silver. Each tile is hand-painted on a cream background, creating a vaguely vintage look that resides comfortably in a home with historic roots—or brings counterpoint and context to a newly-constructed space.
Duquesa offers over a dozen patterns in decorative florals and geometrics, and an elegant diamond brick with earthy golds and blues. The collection is rounded out with six field tile colors, cream, navy, blue, gray, and ochre.
Duquesa tiles range in price from $52 to $130 per square foot; the collection will be available nationally in summer 2014.
About Walker Zanger: For more than 60 years, Walker Zanger, the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company, combines traditional tile-making techniques with a modern sophistication that transcends any singular design style. A leading choice for design professionals and consumers, Walker Zanger natural stone and tile products can be found in luxury homes, trendy boutiques, lavish spas and resorts, famed museums and fine restaurants around the globe.
Walker Zanger is available through 14 beautiful showrooms and more than 200 authorized dealers nationwide. To learn more about Walker Zanger and its line of products, visit http://www.walkerzanger.com.