Talavera is a popular style of pottery with Arabic origins that was introduced to Mexico with the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. It is believed that the Dominicans taught this technique to the indigenous people, who once they learned it, began to manufacture it in larger quantities. It served to decorate the facades, domes and interiors of buildings. Today it is the most important distinguishing aspect of Puebla. The art and beauty of this pottery became extremely popular, and the quality of the pieces produced in the state are recognized worldwide. There are a variety of factories producing items from bathroom tiles, barrels, pans, trays, jugs, dishes, ashtrays, flower vases, pots, planters, desk sets, bowls, plates, platters, and even custom pieces or special orders to the taste of each client. The Pueblan Talavera is elegant, produced with pride, and very Mexican.