This week, my friend Em and I decided to check out the tile shops in town, as Em is in the midst of searching for the perfect feature wall and floor tile for her client’s place, and I am looking to locate some unique floor tiles.

Our first stop was Terracotta Tiles Centre in Shah Alam. I’ve been wanting to check out this place ever since I heard that they have the Nyonya style tiles there (I’m a big fan of the Peranakan heritage houses!). It was quite a long drive to Shah Alam (around 30 minutes from town), but the shop was easy to spot. Here is Em doing an intro to Terracotta:

Before we even step through the door, we were already marveling at the display outside.

Beautiful mosaic tiles, I feel zen already, oohhhmmm

Beautiful mosaic tiles, I feel zen already, oohhhmmm

We were also very intrigued by these large pieces of rock-like slates, it looks like tiles with a rock surface:

Rock-like surface but only 1cm thick

Rock-like surface but only 1cm thick

We then proceeded to ask the sales manager, Reggie, who told us that this is called skin rock. So, here I am, explaining to you what skin rock is:

Skin rock is made of actual stone that is pressed together by machine, and the one in the video has a transparent acrylic background, that’s why light can penetrate through. It comes in 1.6 x 2.4 m slate, and cost around RM45 per sqft.

Moving into the shop, Reggie told us that Terracotta basically sells three types of tiles: mosaic, terracotta and ceramic.

We found some adorable floor tiles, like these black and white ones, which looks like those in a french-style bathroom:

We found black and white tiles just like the bathroom pic I found on accentondesign.net

Just like the bathroom pic I found on accentondesign.net, although I think the one in the bathroom is slightly bigger

I also found the Peranakan tiles that I’ve been looking for. These are the ones that often we see in the heritage shops in Penang and Malacca 🙂

The Peranakan tiles are mostly cement tiles

The Peranakan tiles are mostly cement tiles

There were also some quirky wall tiles that we think would be perfect as a wall feature piece.

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Ideal as wall tile but not floor tile due to the uneven surface

Amidst all the beautiful tiles, Reggie highlighted to us a tile which looked rather plain-looking from afar, but is in fact a type of charcoal ceramic tile from Japan. Here I am, trying my best to summarise what Reggie just told us:

It was a really productive day at Terracotta for Em and I, and it set us in good spirits to venture to the next tile shop on our list, which I shall blog about another time. Till then, here is a little teaser of the other tile shops that we went to 🙂

Snapshot of what we discovered in other tiles shop

Snapshot of what we discovered in other tiles shop