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FancyHaus was and continues to be inspired by its hometown, Barcelona . Have you heard about their tiles ? We tell you his story!

Barcelona tiles, technically known as “ panot de flor ”, are a 20 x 20 centimeter piece of concrete made of cement, sand and water.

There is much controversy about the author of the tile, since it is usually attributed to Josep Puig i Cadafalch , the architect who designed the Amatller House , a modernist building in Barcelona. It is true that Mr. Puig i Cadafalch made a tile with the almond blossom in front of the house, which has a great similarity to the flower panot, but it is not exactly the same image or the same material.

It all started at the beginning of the 20th century when Barcelona was known as “ Can Fanga ” – “Mud House” in Catalan – because of the amount of mud that accumulated on the sidewalks. As a result of these events, the Eixample Commission approved homogenizing the sidewalks using hydraulic cement, which could be designed on top of it.

The City Council held a competition to manufacture 10,000 square meters of tiles, which Casa Escofet , a Catalan company for the design and industrialization of urban elements, won, and was in charge of paving Barcelona's streets with the panot design.

Although we can currently see more than 15 different types of tiles, the symbol of the city of Barcelona is the “ panot de flor ”, a flower with four petals.

And their designs are so attractive that they have inspired us to create our FancyHaus vinyl rugs . And what do you think?

You can find all our designs on our website and follow us on our social networks @fancyhaus to find out all the news.

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