I just got back from three weeks in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel. Everything is tile and limestone. The Armenians do beautiful hand-painted tiles and I came *this* close to buying a set for a focal point in the shower. Not that I'm remodeling my bathroom, just for if and when I do. I talked myself out of it (weight, fragile, what am I thinking?). Even though I'm not a blue person, the cobalts were breathtaking.
Now that I'm home, I realize that I loved all that stuff there, in that place. In my little bungalow, it would have seemed like an alien visitor.
A bit of tile from the wall of the magnificent Dome of the Rock: