Collections: Outdoor Living Terra Cotta TileBack
For this Collection, 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 and 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 shiny, muted and rich is the beauty of Villa Raffinato. This Collection is for the outdoor living lifestyle - perfect for poolside and outdoor kitchen.
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Why this Floor: Outdoor/indoor lifestyle and commercial use. Italian, rustic, elegant decor. Patterns create defined areas -mixing plain field tiles with borders and decoratives. Perfect for the outdoor kitchen to coordinate with poolside terrace or outdoor living space.
Sizes and Thickness: Field Tile: Stocked - 10" x 10", 5" x 10", 3/4" thick. Decoratives: Stocked or 6-8 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: Plain Field tile color WITH NO decoratives: worn red linen. Field tile texture: smooth and matte yet with a grip. Perfect for wet surfaces. Decorative floor tile Patterns: Tradesman and Tradeswoman. Colors: sea foam green, peacock blue, blanco and nero.
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 wall tile and decorative.