In honor of the newly appointed National Tile Day, we put together a few tile facts. We wanted to share these with our readers who appreciate and celebrate the use and growth of tile and design to what it has become today! Tile is a way of life at Tile Wholesalers of Newark. While every day is tile day, February 23rd is NATIONAL Tile Day!
National Tile Day – The Facts
- The newly appointed National Tile Day shares a national holiday alongside National Chili Day, National Toast Day, National Banana Bread Day and National Dog Biscuit Day (Rue is thrilled)
- National Tile Day recognizes the element of architecture and the advancement of design
- Founded in 2017 by Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America
- The term tile doesn’t refer to solely stone – it comes in many shapes, materials, and sizes
- Tile withstands weather and other destructive elements
- Ancient Egypt is home to the first known example of tile work (approximately 4700 BC)
- “Tile” originates from the Latin word “tegula”
- The tile movement spread from the Middle East into Europe around the 11th century
- Mosaic art is the creation of an image using stone, glass or other materials
- Some of the earliest mosaic art has been seen in Mesopotamia and consists of stone, shell, and ivory
- Many mosaics depict battle scenes or illustrations from mythological stories
- Mosaics from the Roman-Empire are widespread, found in everyday homes. The mosaics depict scenes of gatherings, sports activities, food, and daily life
- Tile became popular in the cooking areas of homes, being fire and heat-resistant
- The Holland Tunnel, which connects NJ and NY, consists of 3.1 million ceiling tiles and 2.9 million wall tiles
- The Sydney Opera House consists of 1,056,006 tiles
- You can share in on the celebration by using the hashtag #WhyTile and #Coverings2017
Why We Celebrate
There are many reasons, through design and history, that show tile’s advancement in our society. It is truly inspiring to see tile from the ages. Its longevity and detail last for generations, giving us a glimpse into what was. Tile is certainly the choice of flooring for sustainability and health reasons. There are many reasons it is the top choice for residential and commercial projects. From home to office, we feel tile is the best option. If you agree, share your tile using the hashtags mentioned above. Get involved with the tile community – where design and an artful eye come together to create beautiful work.
Special Thanks to the World Floor Covering Association and Ancient History Encyclopedia for providing such spectacular references. Visit their pages for more details and information related to tile history.