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Friday, May 8, 2009

GEM TILE COLLECTIONS

Glitz be gone. In these economic times, Mouse suggests more subtle, more natural icons of glamour. Strolling the trade show aisles at Coverings in Chicago and Cevisama in Valencia, Spain, we were happy to see a smattering of new (faux) gemstone collections join one of many exciting new trends in ceramics. An opalescent glass tile that looks surprisingly like turquoise by Tile of Spain manufacturer Onix Mosaico (left) stood apart from the crowd. Marazzi also introduced a large-format, slightly satiny gemstone slab collection of through-body (colored all the way through) porcelain. Made via ink-jet printing, its subtle vein patterns never repeat in homage to nature's fickle hand. Exotic colored marbles and onyx patterns also caught our eye. And true to Mouse's high-performance standards, all of these designs reproduce nature's jewels in highly durable, long-lasting, never-polish, water-resistant porcelain. Perfect for the bath.  For a fuller report on tile trends, see Karin's 2-part blog on the topic at access.decorati.com.

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