Talavera tiles can be used on kitchen and bathroom counters. Since they are kind of soft, do not cut food directly on them but instead use wooden or ceramic plates instead. Tiles are hand painted with many talavera patterns. Some of them depict birds, flowers and others are Spanish colonial style. Talavera tiles from Mexico are glazed so they are water resistant. Still, it is suggested to spray the tiles as well as grout with liquid silicon right after installation. It will give extra protection and more shining look.