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At Pavé, we love dichotomy..."two mutually exclusive or contradictory groups". For example, the dichotomy between rustic and elegant and thus Villa Raffinato was born. We begin this story in Tuscany where the European Renaissance began. The Italian Renaissance exercised a dominate influence on Europe in general, influencing painters like Michelangelo and the spark for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. But this story does not take place in a city - it unfolds in the countrysides of Tuscany, Umbria and Chiani where by the late Middle Ages, circa 1300 due to the Italian trade routes, there formed a new mercantile governing class - or landed nobility. This nobility increased the demand for luxury goods which led to increased trade. It was hence the tradesman who now became wealthy. From modest means to enjoying more finer things in life, they built stone homes in the countryside and with simplicity yet elegance, adorned their interiors with ornate patterns that they saw along the trade routes. Villa Raffinato is Pavé Tile's inspiration from this time in history. Using hand made Italian terra cotta tiles as their canvas, rustic and muted like worn red linen - Emmi's original designs are fired with rich glaze colors. The contrast between textures - rough and smooth, matte and shiney, muted and rich is the beauty of Villa Raffinato.
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Why this Floor: Italian, rustic, elegant decor. Patterns create defined areas within the room. Subtle, soft terra cotta floor is quiet backdrop to other elements in room.
Sizes and Thickness: Field Tile: Stocked - 10" x 10", 5" x 10", 3/4" thick. Decoratives: Stocked or 3-5 week production - 10" x 10", 5" x 10" border, 5" x 5" corner, 3/4" thick. Wall Tile: 6" x 6" x 5/8"
Color and Texture: Field tile color: worn red linen. Field tile texture: smooth and matte. Decorative floor tile Patterns: Tradesman and Tradesman's Wife. Colors: sea foam green, blanco, copper, sable with sea foam green interests, old ivory with gray-blue interests, midnight blue with starry blue interests, peacock, old linen with camel interests, suede, black with midnight blue interests. Textures: Textures vary depending on the color. Please refer back to the photographs for texture of each color.
Product Usage: This is a FROST PROOF TILE. Excellent for residential and commercial installation and indoor and outdoor installation in all climates.
Installation and Maintenance: Thin set installation. Installation instructions provided upon purchase of the tile. No maintenance required. Wash with warm water and mild soap.
Special Features: This clay is a mixture of volcanic sand and clay making the tile extremely hard, durable and frost proof. As with all quality, European terra cotta tile flooring, these floors patina with age. Surface imperfections through the years will blend into the clay, enriching it's color and texture.
Coordinates with: All colors above available to coordinate the floor decoratives with it's matching tile wall color.