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  • An Introduction to Terrazzo

    Photography Courtesy of Shutterstock More than 500 years ago, Venetian builders in the Friuli region invented terrazzo in order to make use of marble remnants left over from posher projects. Drawing on ancient marble mosaic styles, these tradesmen began to set irregular fragments of discarded stone into clay to build…

  • The Enduring Appeal of Zellige Tile

    Photography Courtesy of Riad Tile Zellige tiling is a time-tested art form that features fresh textures, rich colorways, and handcrafted charm. The glossy, handmade tiles come in a broad selection of shapes and sizes—though they are most commonly square—and due to the imperfect nature of the glaze no two pieces…

  • A Brief History of Terracotta

    Photography Courtesy of Shutterstock A unique clay that is celebrated for its rich, reddish orange hues, Terracotta has been used in sculptural art, architecture, and pottery for centuries by civilizations across the globe. Holding a prominent place in history, the material’s many modern uses include a diverse range of design…

  • A History of Subway Tiles

    The subway tile is an essential element of interior design that holds a storied 100-year history, having first emerged in the early twentieth century as an easy-to-clean, sleek surfacing solution for the subterranean spaces beneath New York City streets. The ubiquitous three-by-six-inch rectangular tile has evolved from applications across Manhattan…

  • Between the Tiles: Comparing Cement Grout and Epoxy Grout

    Photography Courtesy of Emser  TileExplore Materials and Sample Grout plays a fundamental role in tile installations. Though it often goes unnoticed, grout is hard at work between the tiles, bonding them together, strengthening their surface, and fighting off water damage and stains, while imparting a finished look for floors, walls,…

  • Tile Tales: An Exploration of Porcelain Versus Ceramic

    Photography Courtesy of Design and Direct Source Explore Materials and Sample When choosing the type of tile that works best for your space, it pays to do your homework. Porcelain and ceramic are commonly considered to be one in the same. Both are made of clay baked in a kiln…