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Glazes

Our Subway Tile glaze palette reproduces the classic Victorian-era colors in a deep, translucent, crackle finish. Use as a simple accent through your elegant, white field, or create a lavish surface when used as your field glaze. Truly timeless!

 

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Composing a common Victorian design

Reproduce a classic Victorian-era design with mouldings, accent liners, trim, and field tile composition we have gathered from historic precedents. Shown below is an example of a complete inside corner transition of a wainscot.

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Subway Tile in historic american architecture

Subway Tile (3" x 6") in an offset pattern was one of the primary tile designs to decorate the halls of New York City's subway stations in the early 1900s. With a flat surface and rectified edges to allow for pencil thin grout joints, this attractive tile was adopted by traditional homes and businesses throughout the nation. Brownstones, Queen Anne style homes, and restaurants (even in their exterior) were just a few architectural styles to have embraced the aesthetic in the early 1900s.

Subway Tile was first designed using a white gloss glaze and black accents or mouldings. It wasn't until several years after that color began to be seen in both the accents and floor mosaics. With Subway Ceramics, Heritage Tile is able to uniquely offer your project an authentic source for re-creating a timeless, American aesthetic.

Subway Ceramics introduces the Bungalow Tile glaze palette in a soft, satin finish and hues steeped in the Arts & Crafts tradition. Venerable colors like Seafoam, Sunbeam and Tea Rose were inspired by the chinaware sinks and ceramic accessories that we discovered in salvage yards. Essential tilework for restoring a delicate charm to your space.

 

Composing a common Bungalow design

Reproduce a classic Bungalow style design with mouldings, accent liners, trim, and field tile composition we have gathered from historic precedents. Shown below is an example of a complete inside corner transition of a wainscot.

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Bungalow Tile in historic american architecture

The 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” subway tile in a straight set pattern was a pattern present in a few halls of in New York City’s Subway Station in the early 1900s. The turn of the century introduced American Bungalow style homes and remained the dominant style in the United States between 1905 and 1930. While Arts & Crafts Bungalows in California, Chicago Bungalows, and Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalows in Baltimore did not share a common design, they shared a common color palette and similar tilework. Of course our Bungalow tile series still features a flat surface and rectified edges to allow for pencil thin grout joints, it also features common decorative tiles, trims, and mouldings used in American history.

Subway Tile was first designed using a white gloss glaze and black accents or mouldings. I wasn't until several years after that color began to be seen in both the accents and floor mosaics. With Subway Ceramics, Heritage Tile is able to uniquely offer your project an authentic source for re-creating a timeless, American aesthetic.

Carreaux du Metro is a complete collection of reproduction subway tile in the inimitable style of the Paris Metro. Carreaux du Metro is an extension of our Subway Ceramics collection of historically authentic heritage tilework, featuring exquisite Art Nouveau decorative accents, a faceted bevel tile surface, and a coordinated family of cap and base mouldings, liners, and trim tiles.

Subway tile, Paris style.

 

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Composing a vintage Parisian design

Reproduce a vintage Parisian style design with mouldings, accent liners, trim, and field tile composition we have gathered from historic precedents. Shown below is an example of a complete inside corner transition of a wainscot.

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BEVELED TILE IN HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE

The now-recognizable 3” x 6” and 3" x 3" beveled tiles were originally used to tile the arched surfaces of the Paris Métro during renovations in the early 1900s. Because lighting fixtures in the early 20th century weren't as strong as ours today, the beveled tiles were designed and chosen for their ability to effectively reflect ambient light.

The name of this collection, Carreaux du Metro, is of French origin which appropriately translates to Subway Tiles in English. Beveled cap & base mouldings, unique trim pieces, and decorative accents combine to bring an authentic Parisian influence to today's tiled surfaces. Our glaze palette includes historic colors such as Concorde Blue. This glaze pays homage to the iconic Concorde station whose décor prominently features cobalt blue accents throughout.

The unique Cottage Tile palette developed by Subway Ceramics features a stained satin/crackle patina glaze finish that harmonizes perfectly with your Cottage style. Quintessentially charming!

 

Composing a Cottage-style design

Reproduce a Cottage-style design with mouldings, accent liners, trim, and field tile composition we have gathered from historic precedents. Shown below is an example of a complete inside corner transition of a wainscot.

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Cottage Tile in historic american architecture

Often asymmetrical with steeply pitched roof on the exterior, and boasting an irregularly-shaped yet cozy interior, English Cottage style homes where prominent in the 1920s to 1940s. In some instances resembling a Tudor style, a hallmark of this charming style where exquisite arched entries and tall narrow windows. Cottage Tile hones the warm feeling, attention to detail, and geometric tendencies found in Cottage-style home with it’s color palette, Victoria Cap moulding, and stain crackle finish.

 

Field tile & liner sizes

We offer a variety of subway tile sizes that can be used in several patterns. Thanks to our advanced technologies, we are able to perpetuate the innovations of our tile forefathers by providing large scale tile. Your design will gain a flat surface with pencil thin grout lines no matter the size.

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In an effort to meet the needs of our clients, we are fine-tuning some new field tile sizes to add to our collection in the coming months. Thank you for your patience.

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THE FEATURE FIELD TILE PATTERNS OF HISTORIC AMERICAN TIME PERIODS

Wall tile is a functional solution which affords the opportunity to suit your space whether it’s modern, traditional, or something in between. Our recommended subway tile patterns have adorned walls of historic American structures ranging from Victorian to today’s modern spaces. Add a timeless character to your design.