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Tiles Made from Recycled Eggshells: The Revival of an Ancient Artform

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Eggshells are generally not considered a decorative material, however their tough and versatile properties lend themselves to various applications and have been used for millennia by many artists in various countries.

Eggshell fragments are commonly used by artists to create mosaics and this particular artform dates back to the old masters of 15th century Italy. Many sources associate the first eggshell mosaics with Italian Renaissance artist Gaddo Gaddi.

Eggshell inlay, a similar artform, is thought to have originated in China around the time of the Tang Dynasty while other sources credit Vietnam as the first to take the lead in this decorative process.

Tiles Made from Recycled Eggshells: The Revival of an Ancient Artform

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Today, this artform has been revived and reinvented by textile designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng who has created a collection of wall tiles using recycled eggshell fragments. Ms Elaine Ng is a creative designer who works for the ethical design brand, Nature Squared, who are on a mission to create innovative and sustainable surfaces for architects and designers.

Tiles Made from Recycled Eggshells: The Revival of an Ancient Artform

Image via Wallpaper. Portrait: Tracy Wong

“We transform sustainable natural materials into extraordinary, innovative surfaces for products, interiors and architecture…” – Nature Squared

This collection of tiles, known as CArrelé, are created using recycled, crushed eggshells. The process involves combining these crushed eggshells with a binding agent and natural dyes and then curing at room temperature. The outcome is a beautiful, sustainable, easy to clean wall tile.

CArrelé tiles can be applied to bathroom and kitchen walls and there are plans to extend the product to flooring.

Tiles Made from Recycled Eggshells: The Revival of an Ancient Artform

Image courtesy of Nature Squared

Tiles Made from Recycled Eggshells: The Revival of an Ancient Artform

Image via Wallpaper


You can find a variety of tiles and suppliers on Archify that suit your tastes and needs. 

Breanne Iredell
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Breanne Iredell is the Content Developer for Archify. She coordinates the content creation and publishing on Archify and Archify Now as well as the development of online CPD presentations and education materials. Breanne holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Western Australia.
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