2023

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Tile of Spain USA Premieres its Annual Update of the Quick Ship Collection: Showcasing Over 140 Series

Tile of Spain USA

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing more than 100 ceramic tile manufacturers, announces the annual release of the U.S. Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tiles includes more than 140 ceramic series from over 35 Spanish companies. The Quick Ship Collection is a reference guide which features a select group of ceramic products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S.

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Main Street SOI 2023: Prospects look promising

Floor Covering News

Barrali II LVT is positioned as a refresh of Aladdin’s original Barrali collection. W hy are flooring suppliers bullish about growth prospects for Main Street when most economic indicators convey uncertainty? To understand the reasons, one must go beyond the numbers to tell the whole story. “There have been concerns about higher inflation and rising interest rates within the lending industry over the past year,” noted Glenn King, vice president sales, Southeast region, Stanton Carpet.

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2023 Tile Trends on Display at Coverings

Why Tile

After weeks of counting down, we’re thrilled that Coverings — the most important event of the year for the tile and stone industry — is finally here! Next week, industry professionals ranging from manufacturers and distributors to architects and designers will gather in Orlando. As in previous years, attendees will watch presentations to learn about… The post 2023 Tile Trends on Display at Coverings appeared first on Why Tile.

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Italian-Designed Stoneware Tile Collection Features the Natural Flow of Cross-cut Travertine

Rubble Tile

Cross-cut travertine is the inspiration for one of our favorite porcelain stoneware collections, Stoneline. The ancient sedimentary stone contains layers and swirls of amalgamated rock materials that create wavy streaks of veining and stratification formed over time. When cross-cut to purposefully feature the less uniform.

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Go Bold or Go Home: GIO Looks at Statement Stones

Giotile

Stone and stone-look porcelain for surfaces, in general, is still very much on trend, but increasingly, design clients in both the commercial and residential sectors are favoring big, bold stones that act as statement pieces. These bold stones in exotic species, unique or bold colors, and often with dramatic veining, aren’t shy; they take center … The post Go Bold or Go Home: GIO Looks at Statement Stones appeared first on Gio Tile.

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THE BEST WAYS TO USE STACKED STONE TO CREATE A KITCHEN BACKSPLASH DESIGN 

Realstone

The backsplash is the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen design. Backsplashes add color, texture, interest, and pattern to the kitchen, and are considered the most decorative part of the design. The backsplash can be designed in any material, color, shape, or style, but one of the most dramatic looks you can achieve is with stacked stone. Stacked stone backsplashes have a character and beauty lacking in other materials.

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Ep 117: Graphic Matters

Life of an Architect

Architects still communicate their designs through the use of graphics – and there are a lot of techniques that are up for consideration. these are Graphic Matters. The post Ep 117: Graphic Matters first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 117: Graphic Matters at Life of an Architect. Architects still communicate their designs through the use of graphics – and there are a lot of techniques that are up for consideration. these are Graphic Matters.

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How to Level a Concrete Surface

Onfloor Technology

Are you looking to level an uneven concrete floor? Whether it's for an existing concrete floor, a garage floor , or a driveway, leveling a concrete surface is an important step in creating a durable and even structure.

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Indulge in an Evening of Tile, Trends and Tapas: A CEU Event with Tile of Spain at AD EX Dallas

Tile of Spain USA

Join Tile of Spain at AIA Dallas on Tuesday, November 7 th from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm for a CEU presentation highlighting the latest in ceramic tile technologies presented by Tile of Spain Technical Consultant, Ryan Fasan. Along with the seminar and discussion on the best uses of tile, guests will enjoy Spanish tapas and wines, displays of new products and innovations from 15 Tile of Spain companies and the opportunity to network with industry peers.

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Vamos a Bologna: Tile of Spain Previews Manufacturers Exhibiting at Cersaie 2023

Tile of Spain USA

Spanish tile makers are preparing to embark on a journey to Bologna, Italy, later this month, to present a new wave of ceramic sensations at Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. 2023 marks the momentous 40th installment of the annual fair that celebrates standout furnishings, surfaces, advancements and trends in the bathroom industry.

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Tile of Spain USA Publishes the Third Volume of it Digital Look Book

Tile of Spain USA

Celebrating the beauty and authenticity of Spanish ceramic design, the Tile of Spain USA Digital Look Book is a revered catalog, that highlights groundbreaking collections from Spanish tile makers. This annually published book honors members of The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), while fostering innovative designs inspired by featured collections.

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Tile of Spain Announces the Prestigious Jury Overseeing the 22nd Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Tile of Spain USA

The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association (ASCER) has announced the five highly regarded architects and designers who will make up the jury for the 22 nd annual Tile of Spain Awards. The 2023 jury will be chaired by Carme Pinós, an award winning architect and founder of Estudio Carme Pinós. Alongside Pinós, the jury is comprised of Inma Bermúdez, founder of Studio Inma Bermúdez , Jesús Olivares, of COR Asociados Arquitectos , Gracia Cardona, director of Diario Design Magazine and Susana

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Must-have product introductions of 2023

Floor Covering News

I nnovation is at the heart of product development for flooring manufacturers. If that wasn’t the case, retailers would be stuck with racks full of me-too offerings. Fortunately, this year’s “must-have” product introductions serve as a compilation of in-demand and innovative soft and hard surface flooring. Following is a sampling of some notable products from 2023, along with their key selling points.

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Leveraging laminate innovation to recoup market share

Floor Covering News

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the resilient flooring category—specifically LVP/SPC/WPC—has been eating the lunch of competing segments such as hardwood, tile and laminate. The industry has watched closely in recent years as the resilient segment’s growth rate far outpaced that of both its hard and soft surface counterparts. However, other high-performance categories—laminate in particular—are not taking it lying down.

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Coverings 2024 registration, awards now open

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Coverings, the premier international ceramic tile and natural stone exhibition and conference in North America, has launched the official openings for event registration, discounted hotel booking options and award program submissions for Coverings 2024, which will take place here at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) April 22-25, 2024.

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FCEF to offer 100% training scholarships for 100 days

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Through a new promotion named “100 in 100,” the Floor Covering Education Foundation ( FCEF) announced that it will offer scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition for installation training to 100 individuals in 100 days. The promotion kicks off Dec. 1 and runs through March 10, 2024. To be eligible for the scholarship, individuals must be new to the industry or have worked as an installation helper for less than a year.

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Waterproof innovations take center stage

Floor Covering News

T oday’s flooring retailer is awash with options when it comes to waterproof flooring—a bona fide flooring category as retailers continue to tout the product as a major draw for flooring buyers in 2023. However, not all products are created equal and only those complete with next-level innovations will find homes at specialty retail stores. Luckily for dealers, innovation in waterproof technology has come flooding in this year.

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Ceramic: Digital printing changes the game

Floor Covering News

American Olean’s Foyer, which utilizes digital printing technology, is a striking marble-look tile designed to create a lasting impression. Digital printing may just now be making its way into the manufacturing process of some flooring categories, but for ceramic it has been changing the game for more than a decade. The advent of digital printing—versus the traditional silk screen and roto-color—brought with it a whole new world for tile.

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Laminate suppliers up the ante with latest visuals

Floor Covering News

Mohawk RevWood L aminate flooring products have historically been associated with affordability, durability, extreme scratch resistance and, more recently, waterproof performance. Now suppliers are working overtime to add another important descriptor to the long list of desirable attributes: greater visual realism. Across the board, suppliers are utilizing the latest advancements in high-resolution scanning, direct digital printing and enhanced embossed-in-register technologies in their latest l

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Annual Flooring Product Guide 2023

Floor Covering News

N ew products are the lifeblood of the retail flooring industry, and dealers sometimes stake their reputations on selecting winning products that will resonate with customers while contributing to the bottom line. Floor Covering News ’ 2023 Annual Product Guide includes more than 100 distinctive products across a range of formats and categories. Each manufacturer that chose to participate in this special issue had the opportunity to submit a photo and description of four recently introduced pro

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Exclusive: MSI sees opportunities amid challenges

Floor Covering News

Raj Shah, MSI co-CEO M S International, more commonly known as MSI, started making headlines about 15 years ago as an affordable source of ceramic tile and stone. Over the past decade, the 48-year-old company got into the SPC game in a huge way, becoming the second-largest supplier of that product in the U.S. The company continues to grow through innovation, a diverse product assortment and holding true to its core tenet: “Making Dream Surfaces Attainable.

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Tapping the high-end market with tile and stone

Floor Covering News

The high-end tile market carries much potential for savvy flooring dealers. T he high-end, luxury market has thrived over the last several years despite a general malaise around economic uncertainty. Industry experts agree that while economic conditions can tighten the purse strings of the average consumer, those shopping for opulence tend to continue spending even during these times.

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NTCA unveils training event schedule for September

Floor Covering News

Jackson, Miss.-The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced a robust fall training schedule, beginning with 13, three-hour workshops; four full-day regional training events; and a pair of two-day Art Glass Panel training events in September. The September workshops, which are free, cover topics such as “Ins and Outs of Layout for Contractors”; “Tile Matters: Best Practices for the Pros”; “Installation Failures–Could it be Me?

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Virginia Tile announces new distribution hub

Floor Covering News

Indianapolis—Virginia Tile is expanding its operations into Indiana with the opening of a brand-new, all-in-one, full-service branch located here. The new location will feature a state-of-the-art showroom, a user-friendly order and pick-up desk and a fully stocked warehouse of tile and installation materials providing customers with a comprehensive and convenient tile shopping experience.

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Stats 2023: Commercial flooring rebounds

Floor Covering News

C all it the “year of the comeback.” That’s how some industry observers might describe the commercial flooring industry in 2022, which continued to emerge from the wreckage of a global pandemic to experience a vibrant rebirth. As businesses reopened, construction and renovation projects activities increased, breathing new life into building interiors.

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Flooring STATS 2023: Dollars see gains, volume down

Floor Covering News

Generationally high inflation. A seemingly unending number of interest rate hikes. Disruptions in supply chains. The war in Ukraine that created a global energy crisis. A drop in American consumer confidence. Falling stock prices and unrealized profit forecasts. Such were the main challenges that defined 2022 for civilization in general and the flooring industry in particular.

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Crossville launches CrossValue Program

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville recently launched its CrossValue Program , a curated collection of the company’s best-selling tile lines that are deeply inventoried to provide customers with readily available, high-quality porcelain tile. Containing 62 options, the new program features tiles at three budget levels offering ideal options for fulfilling value engineering, discretionary and specification needs.

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Crossville launches Snippet wall tile

Floor Covering News

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has launched Snippet, a ceramic wall tile collection. The product is noted for its unique tone-on-tone graphic geometry expanding creative options for custom wall designs. “Today, we’re seeing more designers and property owners embracing color in unique, new ways,” said Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

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Latest wood floors run the wide/long gamut

Floor Covering News

Suppliers are investing in new technologies to make wood floors more durable and, yes, water resistant, to compete with the likes of SPC. Pictured is Dogwood from AHF Products. I n the battle to reclaim market share from look-alike categories, hardwood suppliers are rolling out an array of new wood floors designed to pique the interest of retailers as well as consumers.

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Lux Flooring’s laser focus on SPC

Floor Covering News

Lux Flooring’s SPC products feature a 22-mil thickness and a virgin stone core for added durability. Pictured is Brulee. W hile some flooring companies aim to be many different things to many different retailers—providing a breadth of product categories from wood to resilient to ceramic—Lux Flooring’s focus is singular: SPC luxury vinyl flooring. A bicoastal importer since 2015, Lux has focused only on this rigid core subsegment of the resilient category because, according to Jesse Woodrow, chie

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Coverings 2023 energizes the masses

Floor Covering News

Attendance at Coverings 2023 was 20% higher than the 2019 event. O rland o , F la.— Coverings 2023, the tile industry’s premier North American trade show, took place here last month, April 18-21, to resounding industry excitement and palpable energy across the show floor. From trending design to innovative surface solutions, high-value educational opportunities and networking events, the show resonated with attendees and exhibitors alike.

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Stats 2023: Tile flooring price increases buoy dollar sales

Floor Covering News

F or the second year running tile flooring experienced sales growth after its 2020 decline, which had been the category’s first decrease in several years. Tile flooring was up mid-double digits in dollars in 2022 compared to 2021’s high single-digit increase. However, while dollar sales were up, much of that came from price increases and inflationary pressures.

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Stats 2023: LVT continues to drive industry growth

Floor Covering News

When the dust settled, Floor Covering News research found the resilient flooring category as a whole generated $9.522 billion in sales in 2022, a 13% increase over 2021’s $8.426 billion—much of that thanks to LVT. In terms of volume, the category accounted for 6.156 billion square feet (not including rubber) at the first point of sale, a 4.7% increase over 5.881 billion square feet in 2021.

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Coverings 2023 Installation & Design Award winners announced

Floor Covering News

Orlando— Coverings, the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America, announced Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards for 17 projects that showcase distinction in creativity, craftsmanship and outstanding use of materials. The 2023 award recipients were celebrated during an awards ceremony and reception, which took place April 19, here at the show.

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Stats 2023: Laminate resurgence drives sales higher

Floor Covering News

T he momentum that the U.S. laminate flooring category generated in late 2020 and throughout 2021 continued to positively impact segment sales in 2022. Floor Covering News research shows the U.S. laminate flooring market generated approximately $1.382 billion in sales last year at the first point of sale—an uptick of 6% over the year prior. In terms of volume, the category grew at a slightly slower rate (4.5%), reaching roughly 1.098 billion square feet.

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Exclusive: Artist Allison Eden extends her signature designs to flooring

Floor Covering News

The Allison Eden Studios Flooring Collection, developed in conjunction with Graphic Image Flooring, debuts in 30 luxury vinyl SKUs based on the artist’s signature mosaic designs. Brooklyn, N.Y.—In New York ‘s free-spirited but revered arts/fashion/design community, the name Allison Eden is synonymous with mosaic glass artistry. For the better part of the last 30 years, her dazzling, intricate, one-of-a-kind works of art have graced all manner of surfaces—from custom backsplashes and eye-catchi

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Main Street commercial market primed for a grand reopening

Floor Covering News

I n the wake of the tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic, Main Street commercial businesses found themselves facing unprecedented challenges. However, as the dust settled and recovery efforts took hold, a remarkable revitalization began to unfold last year. The heart and soul of local communities witnessed a resilient rebound. Aladdin Commercial products provide end users with both design and performance attributes.