Taking tiles at face value is a pretty easy thing to. Whilst many acknowledge the easy cleaning, water-resistant properties, there’s a whole lot more to them. There are, in fact, a number of fun facts have helped people appreciate just how great this flooring material really is.
From influencing revolutionaries to creating a pretty big buzz, there's a whole lot about tiles that you probably didn’t know.
One of the greatest minds in history was so inspired by tiles that he made a career on the basis of their formation. Maurits Cornelis Escher was fascinated by the tessellation on show and even went as far to go on record as saying:
“It remains an extremely absorbing activity, a real mania to which I have become addicted, and from which I sometimes find it hard to tear myself away”
The Alhambra zellige in particular engraved itself into almost everything that the Dutch artist would get into. He would regularly sit and sketch the patterns and his artwork changed dramatically after discovering them.
Escher’s previous works had revolved around realistic depictions of everyday nature. Post 1937, a stronger significance on geometry and imaginative patterning was apparent.
Take a trip to Portugal and you’re bound to see a whole host of tiles around the country. Especially in the city of Porto, tiles are the major wall and flooring material on show in a number of places.
Grand churches, magnificently decorated train stations, beautifully adorned schools and wonderful homes are kitted out with tiles almost as standard.
Far from being content with standard, plain tiles. The sheer grandeur that Porto’s buildings, especially the São Bento train station, showcases has led many people to label them as ‘must see monuments’.
Look closely at the iconic Sydney Opera House and you’ll notice that it is made of tiles. You can own a piece of one of the most majestic and instantly recognisable structures of a generation; in a very loose way, at least.
The same tiles that are present on the building are actually available to buy from almost any retailer. You probably won’t build an Expressionist piece of art but you’ll have an interesting story to tell anybody who visits your home.
One of the most important factors in flooring materials is going to be how resistant they are weight and any damage that might occur. You may think that ceramic tiles are strong but their compressive strength is probably more than you even thought.
They are easily capable of withstanding the pressure of between 22 and 44 tons (yes, tons) per square inch. That’s as many as six fully grown African bush elephants at 6000kg each!
Thousands of people each year flock to tile expos, events and shows to cast their eyes over and purchase the latest tiles. Attendees are mostly retailers and suppliers looking to bring fresh perspectives and products back to their store but events aren’t exclusively for vendors.
Numbers are rapidly increasing with single expos hitting well into the tens of thousands. The 2017 edition of Cevisama, International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Equipment was held in Valencia, Spain and welcomed 80000 visitors over a five day period.
Move over plain white and beige floor tiles! Today’s floor tile designs feature exciting and bold patterns and are being used in fresh new ways to create stunning interior design schemes. It is no secret that patchwork effect tiles have blown up over the past few years. The trend for them is sure to stay, and we have a selection that you are sure to love. Each different and unique to the other, we are confident if it is patchwork effect you seek we have something just for you!
Our Kedleston Range
With elaborate and eye-catching designs, these fantastic Kedleston Black Tiles are just the ticket! The geometric patterns will certainly make a big impression. Great for hallways, kitchens & Conservatories use these tiles for the majority of your job.
A beautifully decorated porcelain tile, Provenza has been designed to replicate vintage or Moresque encaustic pattern with a matt finish.This 44.4 x 44.2 cm tile has has the look of 16 individual 10x10 tiles. Our only decorative tile which is anti-slip. Can be used as floor tile, as a feature tile in a bathroom, or even n a kitchen splashback.
Looking for a victorian styled floor? With elaborate and eye-catching designs, these fantastic Chastworth Tiles are just the ticket! The floral-esque geometric patterns will certainly make a big impression. With soft browns, reds and blues, these tiles aren't overwhelming - they're just the right balance of striking and subtle. Great for hallways, kitchens & Conservatories
Available in two different colours Blue and Grey Calke Blue is a Spanish porcelain wall and floor tile that is designed to replicate a vintage or Moresque encaustic pattern with a matt finish. It can create a fantastic design feature for hallways, entrances, kitchens and bathrooms. The tile has scored lines that require to be grouted. There are 10 different tiles, with 4 different designs per tile, so all tiles will vary.
Whether you aspire to Victorian simplicity, shabby chic or vintage glamour this ornate ceramic floor tile combines Peace of mind in wareability, versatility, beauty and easy maintenance. With elaborate and eye-catching designs, these fantastic Oxford Tiles are just the ticket! The geometric patterns will certainly make a big impression.
As you can see, tiles are no longer the flooring choice of the past. There are so many wonderful designs available today and plenty of new ways to incorporate them into a home, whilst keeping the look fresh, modern and exciting.
The exposed brick look has been a long sought-after interior design trend, and right now it seems to be bigger than ever.
Brick has become the go-to wall fitting for perfecting any abode – everything from a rustic, country farmhouse feel home to a cool, penthouse style apartment.
Tile Town's collection of brick effect tiles recalls the look of the walls in open brickwork typical of many cities worldwide, with a hand-crafted feel that reflects the industrial development of iconic cities such as Berlin, New York and London.
Replicate this contemporary bedroom in your own home with Butterley Quarter Brick 6 x 24.6 cm.
Steal the look of this rustic kitchen with Butterley Town Brick 6 x 24.6 cm.
One of the best qualities of brick is that it’s so versatile. It can be used in virtually any room, with nearly any colour scheme – which means if you feel the need to update furniture pieces or accessories in the future, you won’t have to redecorate.
Brick living room
This subtle white brick wall can be achieved with our Butterley White Brick 6 x 24.6 cm.
Butterley Brick collection has been designed with multiple graphic patterns and different reliefs so the variation between tiles results in a reflection of traditional handmade bricks.
Tile size is 6x24.6cm and is produced with significant size variation, to achieve an aesthetic result which is close to the natural brick look. Therefore, a grout between 4 and 10 mm is strictly recommended.
Underfloor heating systems provide a total and effective, non-intrusive, clean and silent solution for room heating. Home owners also benefit from the healthier living environments that UFH creates and approximately 20% lower running costs that a tradition radiator system.
Underfloor heating has come a long way since the Romans first introduced it to the British Isles in their villas and public baths. Back then, it was a very labour intensive system of burning logs to heat air that was drawn through tunnels under the floor and out through flues in the roof. Thank goodness in today's world underfloor heating has come a long way technologically speaking since those days.
If you have not already discovered one of the best new innovations to come out in UFH then its time you did. Vario PRO is the original patented system that combines electric underfloor heating cables with an uncoupling, crack isolation and waterproofing membrane.
With Vario PRO you can prepare difficult substrates, prevent uncoupling or delamination and install a flexi-ble electric underfloor heating system all in one hit!
Applying a Vario PRO uncoupling membrane combined with electric underfloor heating gives the installer and end user a complete professional flooring solution.
The floor will be warm and comfortable, thanks to the electric underfloor heating, and, because of the un-coupling membrane, the installer knows there will be no uncoupling or cracking issues later down the line.
The advantages of products such as Vario PRO over central heating radiators are well-known: no annual maintenance check; more warmth and radiant heat from the floor up; no loss of room space and greater flexibility in room design arising from the absence of radiators; and less airborne dust, to name just a few.
Vario PRO is easy to install. Fix the uncoupling membrane to the floor using a flexible tile adhesive and then lay the electric underfloor heating cable into the grooves in the matting until you've covered the desired area. Tiles can then be laid directly over the uncoupling membrane and underfloor heating cable, and, as they say in these parts, “Job's a good 'un!”
Are you seeking that cool and sophisticated look for your home flooring? Or maybe you're after a more rustic and rural feel? Whatever the impact that you wish to achieve, wood effect tiles have so much going for them. Right now these tiles are very definitely on-trend in people's homes as they seek to create the stunning beauty of wood for their flooring without the inherent disadvantages of natural wood.
Thanks to modern production techniques, you can now turn your dream of a sleek and lustrous wood floor into a sensationally convincing reality. The very latest developments in inkjet technology mean that wood effect tiles take on the truly identical appearance of the real thing, including complex and exquisite grain patterns, gorgeous shades and tints, and a superb range of muted or polished finishes.
You'd expect quality like that to come at a huge price - but no: our wood effect tiles are genuinely affordable and well within the range of most people's pockets - unlike the real thing which comes at an eye-watering cost. And let's not forget the fact that our tiles are so much easier to maintain. There's no need to get down on your hands and knees to preserve the appearance with varnish or other wood protection substances every few years. And there's no need to panic when you accidentally (and inevitably) spill liquid over these tiles. Just mop and forget!
Then there's the environmental issue. In today's world it really should no longer be necessary to destroy acres of trees for the sake of our floors. That's why it makes good environmental sense to go for wood effect tiles.
We've got a great selection of exciting and on trend styles to choose from. Echoing the very latest trend of upcycling and repurposing of wood, we think you'll love our Carsington wood effect porcelain tiles. They create a visually stunning appearance of driftwood that has dried and bleached in the sun: a perfect option to create that practical, utilitarian mood for your kitchen or bathroom.
Or perhaps you're seeking a more elegant look to go in your living room or hallway? In which case, we'd recommend the Darwin or Sherwood ranges for a sophisticated, subtle and classy feel to your home.
Whatever your choice, one thing's for certain. By introducing wood effect tiles into your home, you're getting all the pros and none of the cons associated with timber flooring.
Chances are that readers of this blog are local Derby people who are very familiar with the Sir Frank Whittle Way section of the A61 close to the centre of Derby town.
If you've driven along this particularly busy road recently, you'll no doubt have seen that we've sponsored a sign advertising Tile Town on one of the roundabouts! We're delighted with the sign, as it's created great interest among local users of this stretch of road. In case you've not yet spotted it, the sign announces “Tile Town” in our corporate blue and yellow colours with the message that you can find us on Stores Road in Derby
But, if you look a little closer at the sign, it also says “Proud of Derby” and this is something about which we feel very strongly. Let's not forget that it was only three months ago that Derby was named as one of three best cities in the UK in which to live. Along with almost everyone who lives or works in Derby, we're fiercely proud of our city and have every good reason to feel so. We have a city that's steeped in history, great parkland and open space areas to enjoy, the very best in friendly folk, the highest workplace wages outside of the South-east and a thriving business community. What's not to be proud of?
It's our passion for Derby and its people that helped us decide to advertise the Tile Town brand on that roundabout. We wanted the chance to remind local people that we're literally just down the road from the location of that advertisement and that we're here to help local people transform their homes with our superb range of tiles and tiling accessories. We're so proud to be serving a city as great as Derby with our tiling products and simply overjoyed at the positive feedback from our customers to our roundabout sign and our products. Derby has also been named the City of Innovation and we're delighted to have been able to contribute to its innovations with our advertising idea. To quote our City Council, “Derby has a lot to be proud of and it's time to shout out about it!”
It should come as no surprise that it's local Derby people who make up the huge majority of Tile Town's customers. That's why our reputation as the best tile retailer in the area is something that we guard preciously. So, next time you encounter our roundabout sign in your journey along the A61, give it the thumbs up: you'll be giving the thumbs up to Derby and its people as well.