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Subway Mosaics

  • Thin Gray Grout Lines

    All our tile collections are steeped in the history and heritage of a specific style of tile. From the 1920s-inspired Subway Ceramics and Subway Mosaics to the Arts & Crafts style of Batchelder Tile and Japanese Tile crafted in 16th Century kilns, we have something for every aesthetic. Left to their own devices, tile contractors will often use white grout on a white glazed tile installation - not the natural gray grout found in most vintage tilework. So why white? Contractors simply want to make the grout lines disappear, because it's virtually impossible to make consistent grout lines with conventional "pillowed" wall tile. But what happens to those bright white grout lines as soon as the tile installers pack-up and...
  • The History of Ceramic Tile

    Did you know February 23 is the National Tile Day? The day has been created by Coverings, North America's largest international tile and stone show, to shine a spotlight on the benefits of tile in residential and commercial design. From the modest to the extravagant, tile is one of the most versatile, attractive, and durable surfaces available and has been used around the world for centuries. A Brief History of Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile has been used in buildings around the world since the ninth century BC. For thousands of years tile was only used to adorn important public buildings and for homes of the wealthy. Many of the tile styles used by ancient civilizations, including the Romans, Greeks and...
  • Shively Sanitary Tenements

    The Shively Sanitary Tenements were originally built to house low-income families who had been infected with tuberculosis. Easy to clean, stain resistant, and light-reflective, the now classic subway tile was the perfect choice for a building designed to combat infection. Using our Subway Ceramics collection, a current building resident recently set out to restore his bathroom to its original character. Previously known as the East River Homes or Shively Sanitary Tenements, The Cherokee is a cooperative apartment building in New York’s Upper East Side. The project was conceived by Dr. Henry Shively, head of the tuberculosis unit at Presbyterian Hospital, to house low-income families who had been infected with tuberculosis. It was designed by architect Henry Atterbury Smith and completed...
  • Pretty in Pink | Retro Bathrooms

    Pink is back in a big way. Rose Quartz is the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year and we've been seeing pink everywhere. From pretty pastel to funky fuchsias, it's clear that pink is having a moment. Heritage Tile Collections (Subway Mosaics Daisy in Rose and Red, 3"x6" Moderne in Cameo, 2"x2" Bungalow in Tea Rose, and 3"x3" Rose Deco). A natural habitat for pink in the home is, of course, the bathroom. It is estimated that 5 million pink bathrooms went into American homes during the 1940s-60s and many still exist today. Why pink? It may have been First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.She was passionate about pink – so much so that the White House was dubbed “The Pink Palace”...

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