Marble & Tiles
It is probably the most used and overlooked piece of interior design in the home and office. It is found in residential settings from apartments to private houses, schools, government buildings, and places of worship such as churches, synagogues and mosques. To step on it is to literally walk on process that has survived for centuries.
The first records of ceramic tiles are from the Orient around the 4th century B.C. The science of tile making would be introduced to Europe by the Romans and later, reintroduced by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Dust-pressed tiles became popular during Victorian England and soon the production of decorative tiles reached North American shores in the 1870s.
Tiles are popular in American homes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Ceramic, marble, terracotta, limestone and granite floor tiles lent a rich, textured elegance to living and dining room floors. Flooring Trends labels calls them “great transitional flooring” from the outdoors into hallways of the home. Water resistant, durable and easy to clean, this flooring material will always be a favorite.
The most popular floor tiles are vitrified tiles & ceramic tiles. True vitrified is composed of finely ground sand treated under high temperature and pressure. The end product is similar to glazed ceramic in terms of density, water resistant property and smooth, glassy appearance. Its very low water absorption rate (normally 0.5% or less) will protect it even during the winter season. vitrified tiles is denser and stronger than ceramic. This inherent strength requires special tools to cut, shape, and install it.