5000 Years of Tiles is the essential, single-volume colour compendium of tile art and production around the world, from ancient times to the present day.
Over 350 beautiful colour illustrations showcase an incredible range of tile arts, including the first fired roof tiles in ancient Greece in the third millennium BC, English medieval floor pavements from Clarendon Palace, figural tiles from China, richly patterned Iznik tiles from the Islamic world and stylized ceramic tiles of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Placing the tiles firmly in their historical and cultural context, this richly illustrated book highlights the continuity and diversity of tiles, examining how tile art in one time and place has inspired and rejuvenated those in others. The function and form of this versatile art is examined in stunning detail, from floors to roofs, stoves to bathrooms, cathedrals to metro stations to reveal a fascinating history of design, colour and decoration.
Hans van Lemmen is a tile historian, author and lecturer and is the current President of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramic Society. He has curated several exhibitions on tiles and is the author of numerous books including 700 Years of English Tiles (British Museum Press), Tiles in Architecture and Delftware Tiles.