Decorative Tiles

Colourful floor tiles can be found before most graves in Bukit Brown. Because decorative tiles were normally found within elegant bungalows of the wealthy Europeans and Chinese in the early 1900s, they were associated with great wealth. As such, decorative tiles before a grave often represented the deceased’s wealth and stature when he was still alive.

Decorative tiles often have patterns of flowers on them. This allows the families of the deceased to select a tile with the flower that has an appropriate value, meaning and purpose which can be used to enhance the good fengshui of the gravesite. As such, most families choose decorative tiles that were originally used to enhance the harmony in their homes, when decorating the grave of their ancestor, because a gravesite is home for the deceased in their afterlife. In some cases, patterns on the tile also have religious significance.