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      How to Save Money While Purchasing Tiles. Useful Tips

      How to Save Money While Purchasing Tiles. Useful Tips

      1 Select tile brands of the same country. If your order includes tile producers of several countries (e. g. Italy + Spain + Portugal), this would surely incur extra shipping expenses related to order pickup from warehouses located in different countries. If your order includes several tile brands of one country, this would result in slight increase of shipping expenses as a result of material collection from different warehouses within one country. 2 Make the list of items short (if  Read More ››

      20.04.2017
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      WIDE&STYLE by ABK at Milan Design Week 2017

      WIDE&STYLE by ABK at Milan Design Week 2017

      WIDE&STYLE is a revolutionary vision of decorative finishing materials introduced by ABK Ceramiche. The project will be presented during Milan Design Week 2017 held from 4 to 9 April through Style Therapy, an installation inspired by such contemporary phenomenon as art therapy, and by coloring books for adults in particular. Visitors may relax and enjoy coloring in versatile patterns applied to ceramic panels. This entertaining activity reveals the idea of creative freedom, which underpins the  Read More ››

      04.04.2017
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      Cevisama 2017. International Ceramic Tile Exhibition at a Glance

      Cevisama 2017. International Ceramic Tile Exhibition at a Glance

      On February 20-24, Valencia is hosting the global ceramic industry forum. Traditionally, the event attracts the key players of Spanish tile production and related sectors, and outlines the benchmark trends for the year ahead. No wonder that Spanish brands dominate on the "domestic" fair, though there are participants from all across the globe. Vives has consolidated the new achievements within the Dolce Vita range highlighted by the imitation of Venetian terrazzo floors (Portofino) and  Read More ››

      21.02.2017
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      Would You Buy Some Tiles from Your Cousin?

      Would You Buy Some Tiles from Your Cousin?

      Of course, you would. All the relatives (5-10 people you really trust) recommend buying tiles from him. This situation is quite different. Unknown customers share their buying experience on an unknown website. And though the reviews are numerous, it is not enough to make them trustworthy. Besides, there might be some doubts regarding website moderation: what if sellers provide positive feedback, whilst negative reviews are being deleted in cahoots with review communities. However, while buying  Read More ››

      18.01.2017
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      The Iconic Majolicas by Gio Ponti Revived

      The Iconic Majolicas by Gio Ponti Revived

      The Italian brand Ceramica Francesco de Maio has acquired an exclusive right for the reproduction of Blu Ponti, a collection of thirty blue-and-white majolicas conceived by Gio Ponti in the 1960's. Originally, these authentic decors were elaborated for Parco dei Principi, the world's first design hotel in Sorrento. Cersaie 2016 was highlighted by the premiere twelve Blu Ponti products presented at the exhibition stand of Francesco de Maio. Remarkably, the decors are formed and painted by  Read More ››

      21.11.2016
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      Cersaie 2016. Highlights of Exhibition and Tile Trends

      Cersaie 2016. Highlights of Exhibition and Tile Trends

      On September 26-30, Italy will host Cersaie 2016, the pivotal event of the European ceramic tile industry. Traditionally, the exhibition will be held in Bologna to gather together the companies from more than 40 countries. Of course, the number of visitors will be even greater. In 2015, the event welcomed more than 100 thou attendees from 170 countries.  Staying at the heart of it all, we will bring to your attention live reports onsite, share the photos of the manufacturers' stands and  Read More ››

      02.09.2016
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      20 mm Thick Porcelain Tiles. What Are They for?

      20 mm Thick Porcelain Tiles. What Are They for?

      Extra-strong 2 cm thick porcelain tiles are nowadays widely presented in the portfolio of the major European tile brands. The elevated thickness of 20 mm makes these porcelain stoneware slabs ideal for outdoor installation: in gardens, terraces, river walks, observation decks, pathways, swimming-pool areas, etc. Owing to the outstanding technical characteristics and performance, this innovative material is considered an optimum finishing solution for the commercial heavy traffic areas. There  Read More ››

      04.08.2016
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      Paisley. A Dramatic Shift from Textiles to Porcelain Stoneware

      Paisley. A Dramatic Shift from Textiles to Porcelain Stoneware

      The Italian brand Ornamenta comes up with an innovative tile series featuring paisley motifs, sometimes also called "Persian pickles", "Welsh pears", etc. This traditional print is commonly encountered in the fashion industry and interior design. However it has been undeservedly neglected by the tile brands. Ornamenta characterizes the collection as "high-end wallpapers". Indeed, the wallpaper effect is fully reached, while the tiled surfaces exhibit outstanding benefits of porcelain  Read More ››

      22.07.2016
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      Delivery of Tile Samples

      Delivery of Tile Samples

      We would like to announce that the service of tile sample delivery is available for the EU, USA, as well as for all countries covered by the UPS network. The shipping expenses for tile sample delivery across the European Union start at EUR 40.00. The lead time is 10 to 15 days. There are two types of tile samples. These may be either particular tile items, or sample books offered by the manufacturers to promote tile collections. You may order samples of almost all tile brands presented in our  Read More ››

      10.06.2016
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      Made a Mano. The Tiles Born on the Island of Sicily

      Made a Mano. The Tiles Born on the Island of Sicily

      Made a Mano is a lifetime project by the company founder and artist Rosario Parrinello. After 40 years of artistic quest, the production of lava stone tiles and traditional Sicilian majolica was launched in 2001. The manufacturer is headquartered in Caltagirone, the town that entreasures the secrets of ceramics and pottery production on Sicily. The heart of the island is the active Etna volcano, which has significantly contributed to the traditions of lava stone working on Sicily. It should  Read More ››

      27.05.2016
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      The Novelties of Cevisama 2016

      The Novelties of Cevisama 2016

      In February, Valencia hosted the annual Cevisama event, which is rightfully regarded the key venue and the major trend-setter for the Spanish brands throughout the year ahead. We would like to offer a brief overview of the exhibition, outlining the dominating development paths of the ceramic tile industry. Noteworthy, the popularity of the brick-effect tile keeps growing along with the expansion of the Italian tile market. The faux-wood, concrete-effect tile and patchwork items remain among the  Read More ››

      01.04.2016
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      Game of Fifteen by Ascot. The Dutch Artist Boris Tellegen

      Game of Fifteen by Ascot. The Dutch Artist Boris Tellegen

      The Italian brand Ascot came up at Cersaie 2015 with the second collection in the Game of Fifteen range, a tribute to the artworks of fifteen modern artists. The crucial idea of the entire Game of Fifteen portfolio is tile as an objet d'art. Every collection is a genuine immersion into the aesthetic philosophy of an artist. The first collection was dedicated to Keith Haring, an iconic American artist and pioneer of the pop-art style. The second one was conceived and developed in collaboration  Read More ››

      21.03.2016
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      The Imola Ceramica Group. Rebranding and New Collections

      The Imola Ceramica Group. Rebranding and New Collections

      The Italian manufacturer Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola has more than 140 years of history, possesses three globally recognized tile brands (ImolaCeramica, LaFaenza, Leonardo) and seven production facilities. The annual company output amounts to 30 mln sqm of tile. At the last Cersaie event, Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola announced the decision to substantially reshape the company image and launch 16 brand-new tile series. The upgraded corporate identity and logo have added zest and vivacity to the  Read More ››

      26.02.2016
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      A Private View by Mutina Ceramiche

      A Private View by Mutina Ceramiche

      The Italian ceramic tile brand Mutina passes by Cersaie. During the recent years, in order to demonstrate the brand-new tile projects, Mutina has been organizing the invitation-only events. The last event dedicated to the tenth anniversary of Mutina unveiled two concept tile series. These collections are still under development and will be launched into production in the end of January. Rombini   The series is ideated by the creative tandem of the French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.  Read More ››

      01.02.2016
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      Chevrons. Rediscovery of Cersaie 2015

      Chevrons. Rediscovery of Cersaie 2015

      It is of great interest that the chevron pattern, being as old as the hills, is commonly encountered in contemporary design. The first zigzag elements occur on pottery in Ancient Greece. The modern denomination emerged later. It was derived from the system of insignia used with reference to the military ranks. A chevron is a combination of zigzags or V-shaped elements, which differ in color and/or thickness. Today, the popularity of chevrons is largely contributed by the Italian fashion house  Read More ››

      25.01.2016
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      Wall&Porcelain – High-End Innovation by ABK Group

      Wall&Porcelain – High-End Innovation by ABK Group

      Driven by the success of Auto-Leveling technology, ABK Group comes up with a solution, capable of opening the new horizons in the contemporary ceramic tile industry. Wall&Porcelain is a ground-breaking material that merges the unparalleled performance of porcelain stoneware and traditional ceramics, leaving behind all drawbacks, bottlenecks and restrictions. The Wall&Porcelain technology allows for large-size tile production (60×120 and 30×120 cm). These items are light-weight, slim (just 7  Read More ››

      17.11.2015
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      Preview and LIVE Report from Cersaie 2015

      Preview and LIVE Report from Cersaie 2015

      On September 28, 2015, Bologna (Italy) is going to host Cersaie 2015, the major international event in the world of ceramic tile. The key market players are ready to unveil their brand-new collections and, in doing so, to anticipate the hottest industry trends for 2016. Starting from September 29, we will be continuously updating you on Cersaie progress, presenting for your attention the LIVE coverage of exhibitors and sharing our first impressions. What is more, you may follow our online  Read More ››

      18.09.2015
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      White Marble Effect Tile. The Fancy New Arrivals

      White Marble Effect Tile. The Fancy New Arrivals

      Similarly to the wood-looking tile, ceramic tile that imitates valuable stone grades surpasses the prototype materials in many respects. The inherent beauty of minerals and rocks is enhanced by the ultimate performance characteristics of modern ceramic tile. Visibly indistinguishable from natural stone, porcelain stoneware enjoys equal durability and wear-resistance. Besides, an incontestable advantage of porcelain tile is its affordability. Nowadays, the growing demand for the stone-effect  Read More ››

      06.08.2015
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      Cement Tile: Installation and Maintenance

      Cement Tile: Installation and Maintenance

      Please note that this is not a complete guide to installation and maintenance of cement tiles, but some advice on aspects which we from our experience have found to be particularly important. Tile Installation Step 1 – Tile Setting Since the tiles are hand-made and therefore subject to color variations we recommend that you batch mix them randomly from different boxes when laying them out in order to balance color and tonal variation. Make sure that the surface that is to be tiled is  Read More ››

      30.07.2015
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      Original Tile Shapes for Unprecedented Interiors

      Original Tile Shapes for Unprecedented Interiors

      Indeed, the range of ceramic tile and porcelain stoneware offered by the European flagship brands amazes. The choice of patterns and shadings, surface textures and finishes reflects the ever growing demand for tiling materials. The tile sizes vary from elaborate miniature pieces to the impressive slabs of 100×300 cm. However, some manufacturers dare to experiment with tile shape, leaving behind ordinary rectangles. Such experiments are relatively rare and, hence, much sought after both among  Read More ››

      21.07.2015
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      Loft-Style Ceramic Tile

      Loft-Style Ceramic Tile

      Indeed, industrial style (or so-called "loft") has recently become one of the hottest trends in ceramic tile manufacturing. Originated in the USA in the 1920's, this architectural and design movement has become an utterly new approach to the decoration of interior and exterior spaces. The beginning of the 20th century was marked by economic recession. Numerous industrial buildings, old, run-down and loss-making, dominated the city skyline. Their fate was nothing else but demolition. However the  Read More ››

      07.05.2015
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      Imperfection, a Brand-New Trend in Tile Design

      Imperfection, a Brand-New Trend in Tile Design

      The recent ceramic and porcelain tile exhibitions are characterized by, though not all-encompassing, but rather noticeable trend. In pursuit of excellence, tile manufacturers have focused on the very essence of materials to discard decorative knickknacks for the sake of rough, worn-out, unworked, half-finished, in other words, virgin, floor and wall surfaces. This benchmark approach is set in opposition to the cutting-edge technological advancements with a cult of ideally accurate tile  Read More ››

      29.04.2015
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      Ceramic Tile Roofing of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona

      Ceramic Tile Roofing of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona

      The renovation of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona erected in 1848 is an ambitious project by the famous tandem of Spanish architects, Benedetta Tagliabue and Enric Miralles. The eye-catching roof, a huge mosaic, a faerie motley of colors, was ideated and brought to life by their fellow countryman, artist and sculptor, Toni Cumella. The revolutionary ceramic covering is critical for the project. The roofing consists of myriads of tiny ceramic tesserae covered by transparent glazing. The  Read More ››

      27.04.2015
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      Asian Motifs in Fiumi Porcelain Tile by Vitrex

      Asian Motifs in Fiumi Porcelain Tile by Vitrex

      The Italian brand Vitrex has enhanced Fiumi, its full-color glazed rectified porcelain stoneware collection, by the brand-new decorative pieces. The cutting-edge sandblast engraving technologies cater a dizzying array of decorative solutions. Here, Vitrex makes use of RAL color chart. This color standard was invented in 1927 by the German State Commission for Delivery Terms and Quality Assurance. Among other shadings it includes such colors as golden, silver and bronze. The awesome decorative  Read More ››

      16.04.2015
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      Brick Generation, the Brand-New Brickwork Effect Tile by Rondine

      Brick Generation, the Brand-New Brickwork Effect Tile by Rondine

        It is a common practice, when industrial or commercial warehouses are reconceived into the loft-style residential areas. That said, the principal accent is made on the structural elements of premises. The unfinished brickwork walls and uncovered ceiling beams are reinterpreted so that to become a constitutive element of a loft-style design concept. Moreover, they evoke the building past. However, even if your apartment has nothing to do with warehouses and shops, you may add there a  Read More ››

      09.04.2015
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      Cromatica by Revigres Wins Red Dot Design Award 2015

      Cromatica by Revigres Wins Red Dot Design Award 2015

      Revigres has added another prestigious award to the collection of the Portuguese tile brands. Cromatica porcelain stoneware by Revigres was ranked among the most ingenious concepts in the Product Design category. This high-profile prize has been awarded since 1955 by the Design Center of North Rhine-Westphalia (Design Zentrum Nordhein Westfalen) for superior quality and outstanding achievements in consumer goods design. Among the prizewinners are such internationally recognized iconic brands as  Read More ››

      07.04.2015
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      Bisazza Wears Emilio Pucci

      Bisazza Wears Emilio Pucci

      The new state-of-the-art mosaic by Bisazza evokes the signature prints by the Florentine maestro Emilio Pucci . This mosaic collection was launched last spring at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile exhibition. This is one of the major events in the world of interior design, an opportunity to share innovative ideas and creative concepts. An opportunity not to miss. The name of the series is a tribute to the prolific collaboration between two brands, a symbiosis of fashion and design that has  Read More ››

      26.02.2015
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      A Brief Outline of Cevisama 2015

      A Brief Outline of Cevisama 2015

      This year Valencia traditionally received Cevisama, the mega-event in the world of ceramic tile. This exhibition generally features Spanish ceramic tile and porcelain stoneware brands. Along with the industry trailblazers, the fair hosted artisan family undertakings, which preserve the secrets of handmade tile. It took several months for the brands to get prepared for Cevisama. Starting from the Cersaie International Exhibition, held in September 2014 in Bologna, the manufacturers kept  Read More ››

      17.02.2015
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      Italian Wood Effect Porcelain Stoneware. New Design and Production Trends

      Italian Wood Effect Porcelain Stoneware. New Design and Production Trends

      The range of wood-imitating porcelain stoneware collections continuously expands. The first tile series produced about ten years ago, looked ordinary and trivial. Gradually, using the innovative digital printing equipment, tile manufacturers have reached an unparalleled similarity of porcelain stoneware with natural wood. Nowadays, tile surfaces reflect the minute nuances of wood texture and chromatic variations. What are the perspectives and challenges for the wood effect porcelain stoneware  Read More ››

      05.02.2015
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      Myths and Legends of the Mediterranean Basin in the Collections by Francesco De Maio

      Myths and Legends of the Mediterranean Basin in the Collections by Francesco De Maio

      The Fiori di Ravello line by Francesco De Maio praises the vibrant beauty of the Amalfi Coast. The ancient town of Ravello has always been the fount of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians. This centuries-old beauty spot encouraged the medieval romanticists to accomplish exploits in the name of love. Fiori Grandi, the first collection of the range, takes us away to the picturesque Monti Lattari (Lattari Mountains) permeated with the scents of the sea, to Villa Cimbrone and to the endless  Read More ››

      22.01.2015
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      User-Friendly Selection of Tiled Interiors to Ideabook

      User-Friendly Selection of Tiled Interiors to Ideabook

      Eventually, this option has been fully implemented on our site. It is provided both for desktop computers and for Android and iOS applications. Clicking the BULB on the interior you like, you may save it to the respective project in your Ideabook. All the interior photos featured on our site and applications are original. These interiors are conceived by the artistic directors of the Italian and Spanish brands, and implemented by the tile designers. The highest artistic level is guaranteed.  Read More ››

      16.01.2015
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      Porcelain Stoneware with Effect of Nickel Oxide, Copper Patina, Metal Corrosion

      Porcelain Stoneware with Effect of Nickel Oxide, Copper Patina, Metal Corrosion

      This year, Caesar amazes the audience by the ingenious porcelain stoneware collections that feature corroded metal surfaces. Trace is totally inspired by the majestic buildings and architectural monuments erected using such durable materials as metal and cement. The decorative pieces with barely traceable patterns and slightly rubbed look confer the mysterious air to the collection, while the abundance of color shadings make every interior embellished with Trace utterly different. Interestingly,  Read More ››

      07.01.2015
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      "Made in Portugal" Tile: World Cultural Heritage and Source of Ideas for Contemporary Artists and Designers

      Charis Tsevis has dedicated the series of his new illustrations to Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best football players of the modernity. This Greek artist has been studying the secrets of mosaic for several decades, focusing on the traditional Portuguese ceramic tile, so-called "azulejos". This artisan material is at least five centuries old. The patterns and ornaments that embellish the tile surface are strongly influenced by numerous external forces. At a definite point, the art of azulejos  Read More ››

      26.12.2014
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      Opus. The Novelty by Lithos Design

      Opus. The Novelty by Lithos Design

        Opus, developed by Raffaello Galiotto for Lithos Design, was presented in 2014 at the I Saloni exhibition in Milan. The collaboration between Raffaello Galiotto and Lithos Design dates back to 2007. The remarkable fact is that all the most sensational collections of this Italian brand are conceived by his creative genius and extraordinary technical insight. The fount of inspiration for Opus is in the mosaic Roman floors. However, instead of traditional squares, the patterns of Opus are  Read More ››

      30.10.2014
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      Preview and LIVE Report from Cersaie International Exhibition in Bologna, Italy

      Preview and LIVE Report from Cersaie International Exhibition in Bologna, Italy

      Traditionally, we are pleased to present them here. Cersaie is the key annual event in the world of ceramic tile. The manufacturers broaden their portfolio seeking to distinguish themselves with something extraordinary. It is up to our readers to make their own judgment. We would like to bring to your attention the review of the breakthrough tile series with photos, our insights and official presentation of manufacturers. The trade show kicks off on September 22. In expectation of this moment,  Read More ››

      05.09.2014
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      "Tipsy" Tile by LAGO

      Drunk is a ground-breaking and quaint tile series by LAGO, the flagship Italian producer of furniture. This design laboratory is hallmarked by an utterly different approach to the finished products, creative process and even to the workspace. The workshops of LAGO are arranged in an ordinary house with large windows and glass ceiling to admire the rural scenery. LAGO Fabbrica has brought together broad-minded and creative personalities who value ingenious design and practicality most of all.  Read More ››

      04.07.2014
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