Athangudi tiles are one of the well-known handicrafts in Karaikudi region located in Tamil Nadu. The craft has been practiced for the last 500 years. Athangudi tiles are handmade tiles which are used to decorate the interiors (floors, walls etc.) of houses. The craft is popularly known as ‘Pokal’ (local language) in Tamil Nadu. This living art is practiced from Vishwakarma Community.
The tile making is one of the traditional art of Karaikudi. The tiles made are very distinctive and have glossy finishing. Tiles have traditional as well modern motifs. These handmade tiles are very beautiful and unique in their style and are painted using vivid colors. Athangudi tiles are in demand not only in domestic market but also in international market.