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Custom Commercial Cement Tile Inspiration

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Customizable cement tiles, from clockwise (top right), include: Traditional Melilla ; Classic Serengeti ; Traditional Gran Cordoba ; and Geometric 02 Cement Tile. Handmade cement tiles are a great choice for commercial, hospitality, and retail spaces.

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Vintage Tile Tour, Continued

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. As we conclude our tour of the Original Los Angeles Spec House, I''ll pick up where we left off from last week''s post. First, a little background information!

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Tile Inspiration For Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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Guest post by Jane Blanchard, Modernize. Vibrant blue Arabesque tile adds visual interest. Image via Modernize. Tile is a popular choice for kitchen floors and backsplashes, so popular that even the priciest and most custom options can seem bland.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Modern Vanities

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By Cheryl Khan of Trade Winds Imports. Maybe your bathroom is stuck in the 60s or maybe you just need to freshen things up a bit.

Geometric Tiles Create Style on any Budget

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Geometric tiles in classic shapes, such as chevron, hexagon, stripes, honeycomb or octagon, are a great way to add style to your home''s wall or floors. More intricate patterns reproduced on a single tile will always be more expensive than plain tiles.

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Interlocking Circles: The Power and History of Pattern in Design

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. For thousands of years, geometric shapes and symbols have decorated homes, structures, religious buildings and art work. Influenced by nature (such as the perfect hexagon of a honeycomb made by bees), geometry has, in essence, shaped our world.

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Avente Tile Talk: Islamic Star Patterns in Tile Design

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Dating back to as early as the 7th century the Islamic Arts have influenced an array of cultures and societies, such as the notable geometric designs in their tile work. These tiles were commonly used as floor and wall

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Avente Tile Talk: Aguayo Cement Tile Factory Tour

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I just returned from a business trip in the Dominican Republic meeting with the owners of the Aguayo Cement Tile Factory. Aguayo Cement Tiles are well known for their quality, large color palette, and commitment to new

Tile Trends 2015 : Variety is the Spice of Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last week was action-packed as I made my annual pilgrimage to Coverings, a trade show for tile and stone.

Saltillo Tile's Centuries-Old Allure

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Coupled with decorative ceramic tiles, Saltillo tile exudes Old World charm. Hand-crafted from natural clay deposits, authentic Saltillo tile can only come from one place in the world - Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila in Mexico.

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Handmade Cement Tile: Defining Quality

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Handmade Alcala Cement Tile on a bathroom wall. In my last post, I introduced Avente Tile’s newly published Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile. This 14-page downloadable Guide features information, examples of cement tile installations, FAQs, and more.

Support the Tile Heritage Foundation

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Tiles tell tales!" is the way Sheila A. Menzies, Executive Director of the Tile Heritage Foundation , explained it to me many years ago. As the year draws to a close and you consider year-end donations, don''t forget about this amazing organization.

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Identify Cement Tile Grout Haze and Remove It

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. One of the greatest joys about blogging and my love of tile is sharing fabulous installations using cement tile like this one featured in House and Home. The cement tile installation uses a Geometric Moroccan Circle pattern in soothing green.

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Cuban Tile Makes Grand Entrance for Resort Hotel

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. The above commercial installation of Cuban cement tile uses a classic rug design in rich, warm colors. The hypnotic pattern of our Cuban Heritage Design 110-3B 8x8 handmade cement tile features prominently in this resort''s airy and grand entry.

A Better Saltillo Tile: Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

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A Saltillo tile entry features a cement tile rug. Via Vanguard Studio, Inc. By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. A few weeks ago, we spoke about the history, production and properties of Saltillo tile.

Avente Tile Talk: Italian Made: Fashionable Tile, Design

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The same determination applies to their design sense when it comes to tile. From Venetian glass mosaic tiles, to ceramic tile that closely resembles heavy brocade patterns, to the crispness of summery linens, it seems the

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Cement Tile Rug Creates a Welcoming, Warm Patio

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. A centered rug pattern with border in a warm palette welcomes guests. The stunning pattern of our Traditional Alcala cement tile series, in a custom colorway, creates a spectacular entry for this Southern California home.

Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Since launching our new line of Porcelain Pool Tile earlier this month, we''ve been getting a lot of questions about what makes porcelain tile better than ceramic tile. More commonly, the question is simply, "What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic tile?"

Avente Tile Talk: The Buyer's Guide to Ceramic Tiles

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Ceramic tiles are materials that can add glamor and value to any part of your home. Although initial cost can be expensive, these tiles are easy to maintain and can stand the test of time. If you are considering this flooring

Cement Tile Creates Luxurious Lido for Hotel

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Cement tile have the ability to create luxurious, rich designs in any environment; but, the effect is breathtaking and awesome when applied to commercial applications for restaurants and hotels because of the grand scale.

Avente Tile Talk: Designing with Tile: Fireplaces & Hearths

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An ever-increasing back-to-basics philosophy is leading homeowners towards the path of refreshing and renewing the look of their living areas. Be it a fresh coat of paint, updated flooring, dramatic lighting, and so on, the

Geometrical Ceramic Tiles Offer Everlasting Design

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Our new Geometrical Glazed Ceramic tile collection was used to create this appealing kitchen backsplash. Our Geometrical line of ceramic tile mixes classic hand-painted glaze techniques with modern, geometric patterns to achieve an absolutely stunning look.

Avente Tile Talk: Patterned Tiles are Power Play at Coverings 2014

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While Coverings was celebrating its 25th anniversary in Las Vegas, I was celebrating something I hadn't seen much of at this annual tile and stone trade show since I've been attending: patterned tiles. Lot's of patterned tiles

3 Ways to Create Style with Plain Hexagon Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. With it''s classic six-sided shape, the hexagon is gaining and maintaining it''s elegant prowess in design circles (pun intended) once again. Here are three ways plain hexagon tiles lead to an overall stylish look.

Cement Tile Patchwork Makes Kitchen Backsplash Sing

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Patchwork tile floors and walls using encaustic cement tile are incredibly popular. Patchwork is a great way to add color and pattern to any room. The cheerful designs make you smile. A cement tile patchwork design was used for this kitchen backsplash.

Glazed Brick Provides Versatility for Classic to Contemporary Design

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Our newest line of tile takes its cue from simplicity and ease. If you like the classic look of subway tile then you will love the look of our glazed brick. This versatile line is great for back splashes and walls, including commercial applications.

Vintage Tile Tour of Original Los Angeles Spec House

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Recently, I had a rare opportunity to tour a house with Royal Delft tiles installed in almost every room. Located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, the home tour was arranged by Joe Taylor and Sheila Menzies of The Tile Heritage Foundation for a collector.

Malibu Field Tiles for Enhancing Your Space

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Spanish Santa Barbara Style tiled fountain with handmade patterned and solid-colored field tiles. Image via Pinterest. Summer is now in full-swing with vacations, short getaways, daily outings, and entertaining outdoors with friends and family members alike.

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Avente Tile Talk: Portuguese Ceramic Tile Artistry

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According to the curators of the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (National Palace of Sintra) in Portugal, the use of azulejos (a form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile) in decoration is unique when compared

Avente Tile Talk: Tile Fireplace Design Tips

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Written by Bill Buyok, Avente Tile As February comes to a close, so does this month's focus on tiled hearths and fireplaces. Today I will share three tips that can help you achieve the best design for your tiled fireplace. Tile will

Avente Tile Talk: New Tile Designs, Installation Products from.

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Surfaces, the largest U.S. event serving the floor covering industry, once again brought together buyers and sellers from around the world to see the latest floor covering products, tools, services and technologies. The event

Decorative Tile in Commercial Design

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. While I prefer the quiet residential neighborhoods for my morning walks in Los Angeles, crossing commercial swaths and busy streets can''t be avoided in California''s most populous city with a population of 3.8 million people.

Avente Tile Talk: Two-Tone Cement Tile Pattern Creates Serenity

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Gone are the days of solely mixing bold colors and patterns only to walk away with a headache rather than inspiration! However, integrating patterns to create a soothing space remains high on everyone.s design list

Conversations Art Tile by David Shipley

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By Arpi Nalbandian , Tileometry. Southern California artist David Shipley has created a line of contemporary hand-painted ceramic art tile based upon his unique paintings and sculptures.

Avente Tile Talk: Arabesque & Spanish Cement Tile Designs to Love

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Together with Arabesque Spanish floor tiles, our hand-painted La Merced ceramic tiles (from our Barcelona collection) reveal a warm and friendly surrounding. Avente Tile is happy to announce that our extensive collection of

Avente Tile Talk: The Bellagio Resort: A Mosaic Tile Showcase

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Located in the southern part of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio Resort Hotel has dominated its surroundings from the time it opened in 1998 with lush landscaping, classic architecture and elements, and a man-made

Avente Tile Talk: Cement Tiles Add to the Impeccable Details of.

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I must begin this post by saying, thanks! Thanks to a very smart, extremely motivated, and very inspiring entrepreneur, Sally Kane! We just happened to meet because she called to talk about cement tile for her new restaurant

Avente Tile Talk: Alluring Arabesque Spanish Cement Tiles

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With their Moorish and Spanish influences, Arabesque designs and patterns have remained timeless and always in fashion (think Boho chic and the California missions). The same philosophy also applies to the time-tested

Avente Tile Talk: Moroccan Tile: In a Class of Its Own

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Countries with colorful histories have always provided a deep-rooted fascination to outsiders because of their culture, traditions, food, and most importantly, the art produced within the country. It's through this art that we, the

Avente Tile Talk: Spanish Tiles Make Magic

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The geometric patterns of Spanish tiles have created alluring charm in homes for centuries. These time-tested patterns still make magic today. This powder room is a great example of how these classic patterns still have style