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How mosaic tile has captivated the nation…again

The mosaic tile renaissance is upon us.

For centuries, mosaics have captivated the human imagination. People enjoy this art form, composed of tiny pieces of tile, at museums, art galleries, government buildings, the list goes on. But now, homeowners are ready to bring it into their homes. 

 

Popular Instagram accounts like @ihavethisthingwithfloors, highlight the beauty of mosaic floor installations in everyday places. This captures the attention of homeowners who want to bring the instagrammable inward. 

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Mosaic tile floors were the choice of Victorian Americans for their decorative quality and ease to clean. Unlike other trends of the time, mosaic tile followed the various aesthetic shifts in America.  From Victorian to Arts & Crafts to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

 

The demand for mosaic tile in America resulted in the creation of many tile manufacturing companies. One of the most notable companies to arise was the American Encaustic Tiling Company. 

 

 

Explore the American Encaustic Tile Company archive here

Unfortunately the Great Depression forced many of these tile companies to shut their doors, and for years mosaic tile existed only as a piece of history. A relic of years past. 

 

In recent years, a new chapter has begun for mosaic tie. Homeowners and interior designers alike are rediscovering the magic mosaic tile can bring to a space. We are starting to see a blend of the past with the present with designers using contemporary color schemes with historic patterns. 

 

When mosaic tile is done right it should leave a lasting impression on its viewers. That soft buzz in the back of your head whispering “I wonder how they did that”

 

Heritage Tile makes it easy to achieve this feeling with our made-to-order mosaic floors. We’ve rejected the monotonous mosaic approach and instead created a solution which empowers you to create a space that is uniquely yours. 

 

Many see mosaic floor installations as a conversation piece for their space. It’s like having an art installation you can walk on! 

 

Maverick Whiskey, San Antonio, Texas
Strand Hotel restoration, Chicago, IL [1915]

Whether you are looking to replicate a piece of history or you have your eye on a mosaic tile Instagram post, we’ve got the team that can take your design from an idea to an installation.

 

Created with unglazed porcelain, this tile is naturally durable and slip resistant. This means that it can work in virtually any space; from a high-traffic foyer to a bathroom or shower. 

 

 

This tile also has a proven track record of durability. Its resistance to cracks, water, and heat ensure its longevity.  It is no coincidence that many tile installations of Victorian America have outlived their installers. 

 

Mosaic tile has easily adapted to modern aesthetics and has brought new life to historic restorations. Whichever way you decide to use mosaic tile, you are sure to create your own piece of history. 

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