What is authentic subway tile?

Subway tile is a style of glazed ceramic tile originally used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early 20th century. The charming 3″ x 6″ tiles covered the walls of subway platforms and allowed for easy cleaning and graffiti removal. Today, you know subway tile for its timelessness and versatility.

What to look for:

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    • Clean, precise & sculpturally tiled surfaces.
    • Flat tile faces with pencil thin grout lines.
    • The classic 3” x 6” field with many alternative format & patterns options.
These characteristics are a classic example of the principle “form follows function,” inherent in sanitary ceramic tilework of the Victorian period.

Featured here: 

  • Specialized mouldings and radius corner pieces.
  • Cove base transitions smoothly  between floor and wall surfaces.
  • Decorative cap mouldings to elegantly terminate wainscot walls
Avalon Subway Tile with Blue Accent and P Cap

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  • Tiled-in glazed ceramic accessories such as ceramic towel bars and recessed soap dishes. 
  • Complimentary mosaic floors in unglazed porcelain patterns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heather Gray Subway Tile with Sink
Subway Tile Tub Exterior with Basket Weave Floor