History and Origins
The terms “ceramic tile” and “porcelain tile” are often used interchangeably, but ceramic and porcelain tiles each have their own unique attributes and benefits.
Marble has been the material of choice for monuments, temples and buildings for thousands of years. Marble has long been a symbol of tradition, luxury and extraordinary taste. Throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Far East, marble buildings remain. The Ancient Greeks used fine white marble to erect some of the most iconic buildings in the world.
The Parthenon in Athens, the Coliseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in India, and even the White House, are all fine examples of how architects, sculptors, and craftsman have used marble to create beautiful buildings throughout the ages. In addition to exterior facades and flooring, Thassos marble became the stone of choice for baths and pools. Thousands of years later, Thassos marble is still being mined from ancient quarries and it remains one of the most beautiful natural stones on earth.
After the Ancient Greeks, the Romans started using marble slabs to clad brick and mortar buildings. It was this innovation that allowed them to erect entire marble cities, in a short time. As marble continued to grow in popularity, quarrying methods and tools vastly improved to allow for greater harvesting of natural marble.