People often ask us what is Alhambra's USP - or Unique Selling Point - and I always say that it is our unique ability to do almost anything for anybody!
Alhambra has been described as a 'treasure trove of beautiful Spanish tiles' - we have a gem of a showroom in leafy south London where, rather than rows of bland metal cabinets, there is an array of beautiful wares displayed on the walls, along with fabulous photographs of some of our proudest projects.
We are proud to be a small company working with other small companies. It means our clients get our individual attention. It's the same for us: we deal directly with the owners of a handful of small family-owned Spanish firms, and they always go the extra mile.
Thanks to this, we have delivered some memorable tiles!
In 2013 we provided Tara Bernerd and Partners with an amazing selection of patchwork designs - 340 sq m - each in a unique colourway for the Thompson Hotel Chicago. We provide bespoke colours as standard, no matter how complex the brief, and with this project we showed that neither the size of a project nor the distance is an issue for us.
Bespoke Patterns, too!
It's not just the colours that can be bespoke - we produce bespoke patterns as well!
We have just worked with Judith Stewart Design to create a fabulous Chinese-inspired pattern for a client with love of old Oriental artefacts, who was seeking an interesting floor to complement the pieces.
From China to Jamaica
In 2015 we created a brand new colour for Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse - a gorgeous green within a sunny tile reminiscent of the Jamaican beach hut. How cool was that! We got inspired all over again, and presented Levi with a gift - a bespoke tile with his logo on it!
And last year we broke new ground, delivering a huge diamond-shaped metal mould with which to create massive 3D hexagons. This really was a challenge: our partners in Spain had to hunt for a specialist who could make such a big mould. We were all very proud to fulfil the brief.
It's not just commercial clients who can get their own pattern. We regularly create new designs for private customers, too. Sometimes they want something copied, and other times they come up with their own thing completely!
It seems that zig zags and chevrons are big this year!
Alhambra's Own Designs
We've also produced our own designs with textile designer Manda Clarke. Our unique Contemporary Retro Range is available in any colourway of your choice.
Pssst! Right now, we are working on perhaps our biggest bespoke project yet. It's a closely guarded secret - but keep watching this space, and all will be revealed in due course!