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Tile of Spain Companies Prepare to Exhibit at the 40th Edition of Cevisama

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain USA will be traveling back to Valencia, Spain in less than two weeks for the 2024 edition of the “Passport to Creativity” tour. During the tour, Tile of Spain will be joined by a group of U.S. based architects, designers, editors and trade professionals to attend CEVISAMA , International Fair for Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings.

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Discover the Timeless Elegance of Montblanc: A Ceramic Tile Collection by Original Style

Rubble Tile

When it comes to creating spaces that exude elegance and character, the details make all the difference. That’s why interior design professionals and tile enthusiasts alike are turning to the new Montblanc collection by Original Style for that quintessential blend of trend and timelessness. This. The post Discover the Timeless Elegance of Montblanc: A Ceramic Tile Collection by Original Style first appeared on Rubble Tile.

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TISE 2024: Bold design takes tile to the next level

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— Surfaces might not be the biggest show for tile—that would be Coverings in April —but it doesn’t mean the industry’s best tile suppliers don’t come prepared. In fact, TISE had tile suppliers showing off their best offerings for the dealer community in 2024. The show itself was abuzz with excitement among the tile booths and suppliers noted the high energy and buying potential, plus the possibility for a strong year ahead.

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Trend inspo: Geometrics

Diary of a Tile Addict

Geometrics are trending in 2024 so heres a little interior inspo and some tiles to match! 1) Moroccan Stars Go for gorgeous Moroccan design with a repeat motif in varying shades. Get the look with Zellige Medina From Mainzu , Moroccan Encaustic Cement Pattern 19C from Best Tile , or Spanish//Moroccan Style No.18 from Cerastone. @moodauthors @huraganstudio 2) Zzz A woven herringbone look made from rows of Zs creates a wonderful backdrop for a bathroom.

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14 Wellness Design Ideas For Valentine’s Day Gifts

JG Kitchens

While flowers and candy are traditional V Day gifts, they are short-lived.Why not celebrate the holiday of love with a lasting tribute to health and well-being? The post 14 Wellness Design Ideas For Valentine’s Day Gifts comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Ep144: Objects of Design

Life of an Architect

From a design standpoint, some things are just cooler than other things – and these things don’t need to be justified to anyone because people either understand it or they don’t … but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an interesting and amazing story behind these objects that might contribute to their coolness in a meaningful way. Today Andrew and I each selected three items and we are going to share with you some amazing stories … Welcome to EP 144: Objects of Design [Note: If you are reading this

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Ceramics of Italy unveils Cersaie 2024 trend report

Floor Covering News

Bologna, Italy—Ceramics of Italy unveiled its trend report from Cersaie 2024, a major tile trade show held here. According to Ceramics of Italy, tile products at the show’s 40th anniversary edition were imbued with a sense of inventiveness: color and pattern were bolstered by impressive surface technologies from extra soft finishes with high slip resistance to glossy matte effects.

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6 Sure Ways Epoxy Contractors Can Boost Their Business

Onfloor Technology

Are you an epoxy contractor looking to take your epoxy floor business to the next level? Look no further than our list of 6 surefire ways to boost your business and increase your revenue.

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Mapei expands its global presence with three recent acquisitions

Ceramics of Italy

The Mapei Group, which currently has 102 subsidiaries present in 57 countries across all five continents , pursues a strategy of geographical diversification in order to meet the specific needs of each market. As part of its efforts to further expand its global footprint, the Group recently acquired a 15,000 square metre factory in Vejen, Jutland, Denmark , which will house new offices, a warehouse and a plant for the production of concrete admixtures.

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Karndean Designflooring expands LooseLay collection

Floor Covering News

Inspired by wood from coastal Australia, Shorebird Ash (LLP360) is a new luxury vinyl design in the Karndean LooseLay collection. Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has just added 13 trend-forward designs to its award-winning LooseLay collection. With the addition of these new visuals, inspired by wood from around the world, the Karndean LooseLay collection now includes more than 40 different wood and stone designs in a broad spectrum of color tones, providing a stylish option for any interior

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Surface showcase selections

Diary of a Tile Addict

Once again the Surface Design Show – the Islington-based specification showcase – provided plenty of grist for Tile Addict’s mill. The event’s main USPs – strong interior design and architectural audience, convenient location, restricted stand space, and eclectic product mix – thankfully remain intact. This means that any London-based specifier should really find the time each year for a 2 or 3 hours visit to the Business Design Centre.

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AHF to exhibit at IBS 2024

Floor Covering News

Las Vegas— AHF Products will showcase its breadth of products for the building industry at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Booth #W4109, being held here later this month. The company’s award-winning brands include Bruce, Armstrong Flooring, Hartco and Crossville. AHF offers hardwood, SPC/rigid core, laminate, luxury vinyl, traditional vinyl sheet and ceramic tile with a focus on innovation and industry “firsts.” AHF says its strategy is simple—invest in innovation and te

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NTCA gets involved in Qualicer 2024

Floor Covering News

Castellón, Spain—Bart Bettiga, executive director of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) , is set to moderate a session at Qualicer—the 18th World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality, which takes place March 5-6, 2024 here. Qualicer is where global business leaders in the ceramics industry will converge to explore the evolving landscape of demands and opportunities.

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Greg Osterhout, Sam Arcot receive NSI awards

Floor Covering News

Oberlin, Ohio—The Natural Stone Institute (NSI) has awarded Greg Osterhout (Northern Stone Supply) the 2023 David Fell Spirit of Service award, and Sam Arcot the 2023 Natural Stone Institute Person of the Year award. The David Fell Spirit of Service Award is presented in memory of David Fell, president of BG Hoadley Quarries. Fell passed away in 2021 and his memory now lives on through this prestigious award.

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Surface showcase selections

Diary of a Tile Addict

Once again the Surface Design Show – the Islington-based specification showcase – provided plenty of grist for Tile Addict’s mill. The event’s main USPs – strong interior design and architectural audience, convenient location, restricted stand space, and eclectic product mix – thankfully remain intact. This means that any London-based specifier should really find the time each year for a 2 or 3 hours visit to the Business Design Centre.

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New Crossville Beljn porcelain tile collection

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—AHF Products introduces Crossville Beljn, a new porcelain tile collection that is inspired by Belgium limestone. The tile features the maintenance free qualities and strength synonymous with porcelain. “Our new, unpolished finish, FeatherSoft, feels almost like finely woven cashmere underfoot,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing for the Crossville brand. “It is silky and smooth to the touch while maintaining an extremely high dynamic coefficient of fr

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Emser Tile earns three TISE ‘Best of Show’ Awards

Floor Covering News

Los Angeles— Emser Tile has been awarded three ‘Best of’ awards at recent The International Surface Event (TISE) —the largest floor covering, stone and tile industry trade show in North America. Radiant, the illuminated tile collection from Emser, won Best of TileExpo: Overall Product and Best of Surfaces: Innovation distinctions. In addition, the company was awarded Best of TileExpo: Best Booth Design.

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Mannington operations achieve ISO certifications

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mannington Commercial’s Madison, Ga., operations have achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and 9001 in 2023. These recertifications demonstrate Mannington’s commitment to providing the highest quality and sustainable products in the industry. “At Mannington, we have been adhering to the highest quality goals in Madison, Ga., by running ISO 9001 and 14001 certified operations since 2012,” said Shane Totten, Mannington Commercial director of

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How retailers cope in a Presidential election year

Floor Covering News

In less than 300 days America will elect the next president of the United States. Before then, however, primaries and caucuses will be held in dozens of states, adding to the intrigue of what most certainly will be a most-watched race culminating on Nov. 5—or perhaps well after Election Day. In the meantime, flooring retailers have a business to run and don’t need any outside noise to distract them.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Curious about fcB2B?

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Lewis Davis, the senior director of technology and research for the WFCA, introduces fcB2B and helps you connect your supplier to fcB2B to increas

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Mannington Mills announces partnership with Feeding America

Floor Covering News

Salem, N.J.— Mannington Mills has formed a corporate philanthropic partnership with Feeding America, reflecting its long history of supporting communities. Beginning this month, Mannington Mills will support the work of the Feeding America network through financial contributions by associates and the Campbell family, including a company match as well as volunteer service at local food banks and food pantries.

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Retailers React: What will be your area of emphasis in 2024?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week, we asked: What will be your area of emphasis in 2024? Here are their responses: The major areas of emphasis are to maintain the highest quality of customer service, top-notch quality installations and to keep our showroom updated with new and appealing products.

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Rugs USA announces new made-to-order program

Floor Covering News

Cranbury, N.J.—Rugs USA, a leading e-commerce destination for quality rugs, launched Custom by Rugs, a new program offering made-to-order, custom-sized rugs directly to the consumer. Rugs USA is partnering with Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in flooring and other surface solutions designed for indoor and outdoor residential and commercial spaces, to offer more than 200 styles from Anderson Tuftex and Shaw Floors—all at an approachable price point.

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Lauzon acquires Elizabethtown log yard

Floor Covering News

Papineauville, Quebec— Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood has taken over the operations of the Elizabethtown, N.Y., log yard, previously operated by A. Johnson CO and the Johnson family of Vermont. Hardwood log buying and selling operations will resume in the second quarter of 2024, reaching full potential early in the third quarter of 2024. This initiative reflects Lauzon’s determination to position itself as the undisputed market leader, while guaranteeing a constant supply of top-quality raw m

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Keynote speakers announced for Flooring Sustainability Summit

Floor Covering News

Washington, D.C.— The Flooring Sustainability Summit , taking place here July 17-18, will feature an impressive opening keynote panel of leading authorities from the architecture, interior design and green building community. The panel will set the stage for the first-of-its-kind summit aimed at facilitating productive and insightful discussion of sustainability and green building practices.

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NWFA completes 75th home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Floor Covering News

St. Louis, Mo.—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has provided flooring for its 75th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds mortgage-free, custom, specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. The home dedication for U.S.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Managing the customer’s exit

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips ,” Tom Jennings, retail training expert, talks about how a great many dealers fail to spend a suitable amount of time on the exit portion of the sale

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Hymmen receives patent grants

Floor Covering News

Turnhout, Belgium—i4F’s digital printing technology partner, Hymmen, has received two new patent grants from the European Patent Office as well as the Chinese Intellectual Property Office. Both the European patent (EP3666525) and Chinese patent (CN112188936) cover aspects of Hymmen’s DLE Plus as well as competing digital embossing technologies that enhance embossed-in-register optics on decorative flooring and wall panels, in any material.

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FCEF: There’s progress, but more help is needed

Floor Covering News

As the Floor Covering Education Foundation (FCEF) nears its third anniversary, a look back reveals a series of wins, including the creation of the Basic Floor Covering Installation Course that was implemented in community and technical colleges. But as Jim Aaron, executive director of the FCEF, reveals in this Q&A with FCNews senior editor Ken Ryan, much work still needs to be done—specifically flooring suppliers and “thousands” of flooring retailers need to step up and support this effort.

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Shaw Industries invests in renewable wind energy

Floor Covering News

Dalton— Shaw Industries has entered into a virtual power purchase agreement (“VPPA”) with BHE Renewables, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy business. Through this agreement, Shaw will invest in renewable energy from BHE Renewables’ 200-megawatt Flat Top wind farm in Mills and Comanche counties, Texas, which became operational in 2018. “Shaw strives to be a positive force in the global effort to mitigate climate change,” said Kellie Ballew, chief sustainability and innovation officer at Shaw.

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Mohawk announces updates to SmartStrand

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—After going toe to toe with the 4,000-pound rhino at Rhinory, a 55-acre winery and rhino preservation, SmartStrand has proven once again that it is strong enough for all walks of life. To reiterate the powerhouse product brand’s unprecedented cleanability and durability capabilities, Mohawk is announcing updates to its successful life-sized marketing campaign and SmartStrand Color Wall launched in 2023.

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Retailers take the initiative on training

Floor Covering News

There’s no denying the flooring industry is in dire need of new installers. The fact is there is not a lot of new talent to draw upon, and whatever talent that is available is heavily sought after by every trade and employer needing labor. What is sometimes overlooked is the importance of training and re-training existing installers. As Don Roberts, proprietor of Central Alabama Flooring, explained, “95% of installers today have had no professional training.

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TISE 2024: Tech leaders are not resting on their laurels

Floor Covering News

Some innovators in the flooring industry don’t necessarily make the products end users consume (although that’s changing). Rather, they specialize in the underlying installation, digital imaging and click technologies that improve the aesthetics and performance of the flooring materials. That sentiment sums up the leading flooring technology innovators such as i4F, Unilin Technologies and Välinge Innovation—firms that continue to work closely with their manufacturer partners, licensees and oth

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Mohawk officially launches PETPremier

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk has officially unveiled a new innovation in solution-dyed PET carpet. PETPremier is pet-friendly, stylish and sustainable carpet for value—and performance-driven and millennial homeowners. “PETPremier was designed to appeal to today’s consumer,” said Denise Silbert, Mohawk’s vice president of marketing, soft surface. “Over the last three years, affordable pet-friendly solutions have become increasingly more important.

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Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

Floor Covering News

It was during a presidential debate in 1980 when Republican nominee Ronald Reagan uttered what has become one of the most salient campaign questions in history. He asked the debate audience—and millions of Americans watching on TV at home—this simple question: “Are you better off [today] than you were four years ago?” Since then, the phrase has been used as a benchmark for business as well as politics.