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Hongyo Floor Tiles

Hongyo floor tiles were the first mass-produced tiles in Japan. At first the tiles were hand painted with cobalt pigment; later, however, the transfer printing method was introduced to facilitate mass production. Tiles with a variety of designs were produced into the Taisho era.



Apply paint (cobalt) to the engraved copper plate and print on Japanese paper. The Japanese paper is placed on a white porcelain board and water is soaked from above.


After soaking the whole surface with water, peel off the Japanese paper. The paint is reflected on the ceramic board.


In addition to traditional Japanese designs, many designs in the style of Victorian England were used to decorate these tiles.

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