Mother of Pearl Tile Facts

Mother of pearl tiles make a gorgeous statement in any room. That being said, there are several misconceptions that people have about these tiles with regards to cleaning, durability and installation. In this post, we’ll take a look at these misconceptions as well as give you useful tips if you’re looking to purchase your ideal mother of pearl tiles for your home.

What exactly are Mother of Pearl Tiles?

Mother of tile pearls are typically made of natural materials such as the shell linings which make up the majority of most mollusks that are found in fresh water oysters. The misconception people have when it comes to mother of tile pearls is that they are not durable. In fact, these tiles may actually take more wear and tear compared to other tile types such as glass and marble as long as they are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.


Another misconception people have when it comes to mother of pearl tiles is that they tend to be easy to stain during installation. To be on the safe side, you want to use epoxy or non-sanded grout. For more information on installation, see our installation guide here.


A great aspect about mother of pearl tiles is their versatility. You can use these tiles on a variety of flat surfaces. Due to advances in manufacturing, these tiles can be shaped and cut in different styles. Mother of pearl tiles are iridescent and give off an unmatched sheen. Pearl shell tiles are suitable for bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes and flooring installations.

If you’re unsure of what to choose, we recommend ordering a sample and taping it up in a small part of the room to see how it would look before making your final decision.

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If you’re looking for something clean and classic, please take a look at our white mother of pearl tiles found here. Thanks for choosing Tile Circle!

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