A Brief History of Ceramic Tile in the United States

IMG_2328Today people use ceramic tile for flooring, backsplashes, countertops, bathroom walls, and other decorative features around the home. Keep reading to learn more about the history of ceramic tile in the United States and how it has become one of the most popular tiles for homes and offices in the country:

Colonial Materials

Ceramic tiles have been used throughout the world since the 4th century BCE, but it really gained popularity in Europe in the 12th century. This kind of tile did not make its way to America until the end of the 16th century or the beginning of the early 17th century. Once the early settlers started to use it, this material quickly gained popularity throughout the New World. Since it is so durable and versatile, early Americans quickly found many uses for it.

American Flavor

People began to produce ceramic tile in America around 1870 and the industry remained hugely popular until about 1930. In 1876, the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition made ceramic tile even more popular. Before they became so popular, Americans imported ceramic tiles from European providers. After this kind of tile exploded in the country, though, a lot of tile producers started to create tiles within the United States.

Industry Expansion

The original tile factories were located mostly on the east coast of the country. Tile makers started to move their businesses West during the turn of the century, though, which created an even bigger boom for the industry. Ceramic tile is just as popular today as it was when it first came to America.
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