Descriptions & details
Ghenos' studio is a small place, hidden in downtown Messina, and yet the artisans' tiles and panels decorate homes and gardens from Sicily to Paris, from Capri to New Orleans.
We work with Ghenos on special projects made to measure and handcrafted to your taste and requirements. Because every piece is handmade, we can have it resized, redesigned to add or remove a border, hand-painted in a different color palette. We love challenges! Contact us for inquiries and to discuss your custom projects.
The inspiration for this design is the celebrated Opera dei Pupi, the traditional Sicilian puppet theatre now in the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The characters portrayed in the Opera dei Pupi come straight from the history of Sicily. Chivalrous heroes fight against villains in the name of honor, justice and faith.
This tile, called "mattonaccio" in the local language, is itself handmade. The traditional production process is responsible for its uneven surface and imperfections, which add to its character and beauty.
The tile is approx 0.5 inches thick and it comes with two holes on the back, ready to hang.
Handmade & hand-painted in Messina, Italy
Ghenos is a small artisan studio in Messina, whose fame has spread far and wide. Their hand painted tiles, tableware, and home decor accents decorate villas in Capri, mansions in Paris and swimming pools in New Orleans. Inspired by traditional Sicilian pottery, with a penchant for Baroque, Ghenos designs are elaborate, rich in details and colors. Their knowledge of local art and crafts is reflected in the details of their work which is unique and very special.
Located in the North-East of Sicily, a stone's throw from the continent, Messina has been a center of pottery making for millennia. In the past few centuries, most artisans have moved to neighboring towns and villages, such as Taormina and Santo Stefano di Camastra, which certainly attract more tourists than Messina. However, the beauty and quality of the ceramics we found in Messina are extraordinary, just like the incredible talents of their makers.