Traditional Tile Outdoor Fountains: Scottsdale AZ
Old world Spanish influence isn’t always about stone and dark wood. The tile outdoor fountain Scottsdale, AZ clients chose on project is reminiscent of Moorish and Mediterranean style. You will also find this style used in Mexico, a tradition introduced by the Spanish. Cooling cobalt blue provides an excellent foil to the expected colors found in many yards throughout the Valley. It’s bright and vibrant, a surprisingly beautiful accent to a courtyard or outdoor living space.
Technically, this style of landscaping water feature is known as a pool fountain, because it’s a fountain with a pool basin, which is totally different than a swimming pool fountain. A prominent feature in arid climates since the days of ancient Egypt, pool fountains were used for everything but taking a dip for hundreds of years before there was such a thing as a swimming pool. Which is why you take a dip in a swimming pool and not a pool fountain. Originally, pool fountains in public places were the place to fill your buckets and pots with water for household use. On an estate, they might be a cooling feature in the courtyard, along with supplying the garden’s water needs. But if you wanted to take a dip, you needed to go to the river or lake, or visit a public bath.
For this particular outdoor fountain, Scottsdale, AZ clients selected handcrafted cobalt and patterned Mexican Talavera tiles. The bright yellow four-petaled flower pattern pulls together familiar blooms and greenery with the color of deep, cold water.
The long, aged copper fountain spouts used on the central column bear both a graceful curved neck and a curved, split mouth that suggests the open beak of water fowl. The spouts are firmly anchored in an acanthus leaf escutcheon or wall emitter – depending on retail catalog you consult. Technically, an escutcheon is a back plate around a keyhole, door handle, or light switch that protects the surface finish. It can also bear a coat of arms or heraldic shield in clan metalwork. At some point in misty history, the decorative back plate of a fountain spout probably displayed the symbols of royalty and lords, but today they are purely ornamental.
Add brilliant color with tile outdoor fountains, Scottsdale AZ.
Talavera tiles come in primary colors and white, so if you chose one of these traditional pool fountains, it need not be blue. You can also opt for a round basin, a shape which is also seen in old homes in Mexico and Spain.
Still, the bracketed fountain spouts emerging from acanthus on the column is perfect for connecting this outdoor fountain to the tradition and history of Scottsdale and the Southwest, and it’s Spanish heritage.
A water feature has been an expectable element of Scottsdale landscaping for as long as civilization has existed. As have hand painted Talavera tiles, whether they came from just across the border in Mexico, or arrived via ship from the motherland several hundred years ago.
Just the right splash… Tile outdoor fountains, Scottsdale AZ.
Perennial color for Phoenix or Scottsdale landscaping that never fades. Ask us about the different colors and hand painted tile patterns available during your design consultation with a Desert Crest designer. If you let us know a tile fountain is on your mind when you schedule the appointment, we can have some samples of some options on hand to show you.