A petite ceramic tile coaster that has become an internet sensation is set to become the centrepiece of a family’s holiday gift for a baby’s first day of life.
A new breed of ceramic tile is now being used to decorate homes in Ireland, and is expected to sell for between €5,000 and €7,000 ($6,500 to $7,100).
The ceramic tiles were created by Irish ceramic tiles maker Eames in the 1950s, and have a lifespan of up to five years, and are a popular option for the Irish landscape.
“There is a lot of demand for these ceramic tiles, and we have received a lot more orders than we have ever expected,” said Patrick O’Malley, who runs the Dublin-based company.
“It is the first time I’ve had to say goodbye to these tiles, but it is a lovely gift.”
Ceramic tiles are an attractive option for people wanting to bring their favourite furniture and home decor items to the home.
O’Malley said the company had been inundated with requests for tiles, with customers including a baby, grandmother, mother and daughter.
The company was initially told the tiles would be available in January but the demand was so high that the company has now decided to release the tiles to the public in a limited number of sizes, O’Mahils said.
“We have already received orders from people all over the world.
People have been telling us they are looking forward to having a holiday with these beautiful tiles,” he said.
The tiles can be purchased in Ireland at any Eames shop, and cost between €500 and €1,000.
They can be found in a range of sizes and designs, including a medium-sized version that can be placed on a table, a large ceramic tile for an armchair or a small ceramic tile that can fit into a bag.
O ‘M E’ O’Reilly, who owns the Irish-based Irish ceramic tile firm, said the tiles had been popularised by an advert for the company’s tile-making service in the late 1990s.
“I think they are a lovely way to bring your home to life, and I think they’re a very good way to create a family, as well as decorating a space,” he told The Irish Independent.
“You could also put them on the mantelpiece, which I think is a really nice touch.”
The company, which is based in Dublin, says customers had requested ceramic tiles for more than a decade, and it was only in 2014 that demand was met.
The new ceramic tiles have a range on offer for around €2,000, including an acrylic version, which can be used for wall-mounting or furniture decoration.
It can be bought in a variety of sizes for up to 10 square metres, and the firm has plans to have a large quantity of ceramic tiles in stock in time for Easter.
The ceramic tile company has also received orders for a large-scale version that will cost around €4,000 to $5,500.
The owner of the ceramic tiles is hoping to have the tiles available in Ireland by Easter.