What's New in the World of Tile: Patterns

Coverings 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Coverings, the annual show featuring tile and stone from all over the world. I've separated my favorite tile finds into two groups — tiles with interesting patterns, and tiles with fascinating texture. First, the patterns:

1. From Aparici, a modern take on traditional tile, in black and white and a myriad of patterns. From the Moving collection. 
2. A fun twist on traditional encaustic tiles, also from Spanish maker Aparici. The design is printed onto the surface, giving it more of a modern feel. These tiles, from the Vanguard series, are quite large, about 12" wide. 
3. I love the look of these more traditional tiles, crafted by Aguao tile in the Dominican Republic. These would be really striking as a counterpoint to an industrial kitchen. (Warning: their website makes really loud noises.)
4 & 5. If you like gingham, you'll love this gingham tile from Lamosa

6. The Italian take on traditional-tiles-with-a-modern-twist, from Refin
7 & 8. I saw a lot of this - tile patterned to look like wood. It's very realistic -you have to look closely to see that it's not the real thing. This sort of thing is very popular in Europe, because you can place it above an under-floor heating system in situations where real wood wouldn't hold up as well. This tile, called 'Madera,' is from Vitromex
9 & 10. A humorous, almost cartoony take on the tile-that-looks-like-wood, from the Spaniards over at Tau

(Images: Nancy Mitchell)

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