Athangudi is a village of the Chettinadu region in Tamil Nadu which is now very famous for tiles. The traditional mode of production continues till date, maintaining a legacy and grandeur. Athangudi tiles are basically cement tiles like mosaic, but unlike the machine pressed and produced mosaics, they are handmade over glass surfaces.
During the early days of their production, they were patronised more by the rich, being a costlier option and newer technology in those days. However, they also deserve an additional honour for being a part of the cultural heritage of the Chettiar community.
The affluent Chettiar community brought home ideas and artefacts from their trade travels, resulting in European and Asian items finding their way to Chettinadu. I think they are more similar to the moroccan tiles with mix of little middle east culture.
Personally, I am very fond of the rich Chettinadu culture, their house interiors reflecting mixture of various country cultures, hence showcasing the Athangudi Tiles depicting the true chettinad culture.
Inspiration for this Blogpost: Archana Srinivas’s Rang Decor – Interior Ideas Predominently Indian Please check her blog for interesting and creative interior ideas. She is a very good photographer as well. She showcased Creative Space of Karthik Vaidhyanathan from Chettinadu.Please check the house here. The interiors are awesome.
Above images are taken from various websites and photo credits are given to the images.