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Choose your tile

The choice of tiling is the great initial step in decorating a place. There are many criteria to take into consideration. Is the tiling intended for indoors or outdoors, for the floor or the walls? Is the place to be tiled a frequent passage? Is it a wet room? What is the desirable level of grip? What about the acceptable degree of porosity? Should the installation be simple? When it comes to design, there are many possibilities, the appearance of cement tile, natural stone, wood, concrete or even fabric, a material that brilliantly imitates another such as certain porcelain stoneware, or a more authentic material like terrazzo or real cement tile. Studying these points will help you make the right decision for any of the following large tile families for practicality and style that stand the test of time.

Cement tile

Cement tile

Handcrafted, they are composed of a mixture of marble, cement and pigments. Everthing is cast in a compartmentalized mold to reveal the design. Then the tile is compressed and dried. The technique was born in the middle of the XIXth century in France before speading. Classic arabesques or contemporary designs, they are the guarantee of an authentic charm.

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Mosaic

Mosaic

This ancient technique, available in a varity of materials, provokes a unique aesthetic emotion. In stone, glass paste or ceramic, the tesserae brought together form the design. Today's achitects use mosaics to enhance bathrooms, kitchens or swimming pools. Often offered already assembled in panel, the mosaic makes a decoration sparkle with its thousands facets.

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Terrazzo

Terrazzo

It was in Venice in the Middle Ages that terrazzo had its first hour of glory. It consists of fragments of natural stone and colored marble agglomerated with cement. It was hugely successful during the 1950s. In the form of a floor slab, as a kitchen splashback or in the bathroom, terrazzo is very popular with contemporary architects. It appeals for its decorative qualities and its longevity.

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Earthenware

Earthenware

Born in Renaissance Italy, this glazed terracotta tile was taken up and enriched by arab civilization. Azulejos, majolica, Arab-Moorish ceramics or hand painted designers creations, earthenware has undeniable practical advantages. They are particularly resistant to moisture and scartches and are easy to maintain. It is heat resistant and is ideal for underfloor heating.

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Porcelain stoneware

Porcelain stoneware

One of the many strenghts of porcelaine stoneware is its texture capable of imitating other materials that are more restrictive to maintain, such as the wooden slats of a parquet, terracotta or stone. Thanks to its high temperature firing, this type of tile, composed of clay and silica, is particularly durable. Non-porous, it is easy to maintain and resists shocks. It is perfectly suited to highly frequented places.

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 Natural stone

Natural stone

Ancestral, natural stone has been enriched by geological transformations for several million years. Robust, it has testified to its prowess on past constructions, some even dating back to Antiquity. There are different families of natural stones. Each has its own characteristics, but the common advantage of this material is its resistance to time. From nature, each fragment is unique and gains in character over the years.

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