The Ca’ Pietra National Trust Tile Collectionadmin
Inspired by the properties, coastlines and countryside protected by The National Trust, the Ca’ Pietra National Trust tiles offer an authentic and inspiring range of classic and contemporary tiles for walls and floors. Tile & Stone are thrilled to be able to stock this collection. Today, we’re going to look at the influences behind the series and how these beautiful tiles can be incorporated into your next interior design project.
What is The National Trust?
Founded in 1895, The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity with a mission to care for and protect historic properties and vast areas of natural beauty so they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
With the support of millions of members, volunteers and staff, The National Trust look after over 780 miles of coastline, 250 000 hectares of land, and 500 historic houses, castles, parks and gardens. They are one of the largest landowners in the UK, with open spaces free for use by everyone, and most properties under their care are free for their members and open to the public.
The work carried out by the trust is invaluable in preserving the nature, beauty and history of the United Kingdom for everyone.
The inspiration behind the Ca’ Pietra Collection
The National Trust Tile Collection from Ca’ Pietra draws inspiration from just a modest handful of historic properties under the care of the trust. The collection aims to capture the spirit of the coastline, transport you to a particular landmark property, and bring the botanical magic of the woodland into your home.
Particular attention was paid to the stonework, decorative tiles and flourishes found within the trust’s properties. The repeated oak leaf motif of the Alfriston Clergy range comes from the oak leaf carving that can still be found on the original beams in the medieval house of the same name. Alfriston Clergy has been in the care of The National Trust for 125 years after being purchased in 1896 for £10.
A collection within a collection comes in the form of ‘Architectural Elements’ – which aims to complement the core series and celebrate the buildings and gardens within the National Trust. This sub-collection highlights specific rooms within properties and precise areas of natural beauty. For example, the pattern featured on the Wimpole Hall ceramic wall tile range was inspired by the patterned wallpaper of the lord chancellor’s bedroom at Wimpole Estate. The soft, olive fern motif of the Glendurgan Fern range draws influence from the native ferns of Cornwall. This attention to detail has resulted in a series of intricately designed tiles that sit harmoniously alongside the core National Trust collection.
A Place in Classic and Contemporary Interior Design
Ca’ Pietra’s National Trust tile collection has a place in both classic and modern interior design. From the charming, rustic delicacy of Shoreline to the eye-catching vibrancy of Lyme, there’s a tile within this collection to suit all tastes. Here are just a few of our favourites from the collection and how they could be used:
A soft and subtle palette of seven shades reminiscent of blustery coastal pathways and cliffs. Ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and utility areas, Shoreline brings rustic, coastal charm without being overwhelming and can be used as a neutral backdrop to complement vibrant furniture.
A nod to our regency past, drawing inspiration from the magnificent Oak & Acorn bathroom of Lyme House on the edge of the Peak District. Rich, jewel-like, retro-style metro tiles in olive, emerald and peacock with a puddle-glaze finish immediately catch the eye. The Lyme collection is ideal for creating a striking feature wall.
A homage to the time-worn limestone flooring in the cloysters of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, the Lacock floor tiles offer a distressed, raw-edged design. Best suited to open-plan kitchens, the design can be carried seamlessly into the dining room and beyond.
Brewhouse takes its name from the Brewhouse at Moseley Old Hall in Staffordshire – one of the trust’s most dramatic properties. This durable, low maintenance range mimics the aged warmth of terracotta, perfecting suited to period properties – think rustic farmhouse kitchens.
Supporting the National Trust through the Collection
As a charity with many monuments, buildings, parks and nature reserves under its care, the National Trust relies on membership fees and donations to continue its incredible work. A minimum of £10 000 from the sales of the Ca’ Pietra National Trust tiles will be used to support the National Trust in their efforts to continue caring for historic properties and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Choosing the Ca’ Pietra collection for your next interior design project is not only an investment in your own property but an investment in our country’s heritage.
Where can I buy the Ca’ Pietra National Trust Tiles?
Here at Tile & Stone, we stock a wide range of Ca’ Pietra National Trust tiles for both walls and floors. Ca’ Pietra only allow a limited number of suppliers to stock their luxury tiles, and we are very proud to be among those selected to be a Ca’ Pietra stockist.
If you would like to know more about the Ca’ Pietra National Trust tiles or any of the high-quality floor and wall tiles we stock here at Tile & Stone, please contact us on 01539 741155; we will be more than happy to help.