Metropolitan Ceramics Features Raven Color in Extensive Color Palette

Metropolitan Ceramics offers one of the widest selection of unglazed ceramic quarry tile available. Metropolitan’s natural earth tone color palette goes well beyond the standard red and gray often associated with quarry tile. Colors include both single (monotone colors) and flashed range color products. And all of Metropolitan Ceramics products are designed with slip resistance and durability in mind.

One of the more recent additions to the product line is a dark charcoal black color appropriately named Raven. The use of black and near black in tile design and design, in general, is quickly becoming a popular trend.

Metropolitan Ceramics developed the Raven color option to allow designers the freedom to create contemporary and appealing floors in demanding heavy traffic areas. Raven can handle the spills and moisture and all the abuse these (indoor and outdoor) areas produce.

Raven is the perfect choice for these areas because Raven is designed to be both durable and slip resisting. Raven’s color is through the body, and the body is low absorption with an unglazed slip resisting surface. Raven is available in 8”x 8”, “4 x 8”, and 6” x 6” sizes. Trim is also available.

With Raven and the other colors available in the Metropolitan Ceramics color palette, design and functionality can come together, even in the most demanding applications.

To learn more about Raven and the other fine ceramic quarry tile products from Metropolitan Ceramics visit the website


an easy to use cutter with improved performance

The updated RUBI SPEED-N tile cutter is a very easy to use machine that has been improved in its most important features, including its image and performance, according to the current market trends.

The new breaker has increased distance between the axes and improved dimensioning of its components, which achieve more steady scoring and greater breaking power. It has a multipoint breaking system and large pressure pad to aid diagonal cutting of the tile.

Our R&D department also redesigned the new guide supports. The improved geometry increases the resistance to bending and the toughness of the machine itself. The guides of the SPEED-N range are solid and have 3/4″ in diameter to match the performance of the tile cutter.

The SPEED-N tile cutter keeps the solid aluminium base from older versions, which is highly resistant to bending. The available sizes range from 24 to 36 inches of rip cutting capacity. They are also available to carry in a box or handy transport case.

RUBI Tools is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of premium tile installation tools, including tile cutters, tile saws, diamond blades, mortar mixers, tile leveling systems, drill bits, and related construction tools.

Marazzi Collections Dazzle with Intriguing Textures & Patterns

DALLAS (March 6, 2017) – Today, Marazzi announces six new collections, elevating its bold, Italian-inspired tile offerings to a new level of luxury. The new products fuse the natural elements of stone and wood-looks with dramatic graphic variations to inspire and accent daring, fashionable spaces.

Marazzi offers products that are stylish and fashion-forward – just like our customers,” said Micah Hand, brand marketing manager, Marazzi. “By unifying Marazzi’s Italian heritage with modern trend-forward style, our extension of the Urban District™ collection provides additional variation on the popular reclaimed wood look, while new collections like Materika™ and Modern Oasis™ allow homeowners to confidently express bold visions and create a head-turning home.”

Achieve shabby chic, coastal and farmhouse looks with reclaimed wood-look tile Urban District MIX™, an extension of the Urban District™ collection that explores the timeless essence of a space by emulating raw materials inspired by those found in reclaimed downtown warehouse buildings.

Modernize classic designs with hardwood-look Edgewoodglazed porcelain floor tile, which offers a four-color rich palette that can be arranged in on-trend herringbone or chevron patterns to dramatize floors and walls.

Making a statement is easy with Materika™, an intriguing glazed ceramic wall tile that features flat, wavy or combed surfaces that beg to be touched. Over-sized 16” x 48” plank sizes create stunning walls that are design elements unto themselves.

Add drama and movement to interior designs with

Accomplish a modern, serene look in residential and commercial spaces with

. Popular large porcelain planks designed to look like limestone in calming organic shades contrast well with wood, glass and stone elements.

The Luminescence™ collection of glass rectangle mosaics projects a beveled surface look, creating depth, intrigue and texture to kitchen and bath walls.

URBAN DISTRICT MIX™ Diversifies Industrial Design Style

Urban District MIX’s eclectic, reclaimed wood visuals combine complementary opposites – aged, painted wood with exciting, modern color palettes – in high contrast motifs for style preferences as diverse as shabby chic, coastal, farmhouse and urban. As part of the Urban District™ collection, MIX interplays with the BRX, HEX and STX series in a myriad of ways, effortlessly combining sizes, shapes, colors and textures with whole-is-greater-than-the-parts effects.

  • Achieve a reclaimed wood-look with MIX, offered in rich blends with random shade variation: Uptown, Plaza, Riverwalk and Skyline
  • Available in new 4” x 28” plank size produced with 3D Digital Imaging
  • Can be installed in a standard offset linear layout or in patterns such as herringbone and chevron

EDGEWOOD™ Modernizes Classic Hardwood Looks

EDGEWOOD™ redefines classic, delivering a refined, fresh feel to porcelain wood. Capture the splendor and style of real hardwood in a modern interpretation without sacrificing the style and charm inherent to wood. Modern chromatics in white, light gray, brown and dark brown reinforce the natural, uncomplicated look. Its easily manageable 6” x 24” size translates straight, staggered brick or herringbone patterns to floors and walls in hospitality, restaurant, retail and residential venues.

  • Available in four rich, saturated colors, Stone, Steel, Boulder and Graphite, produced with 3D Digital Imaging
  • Offered in a pressed 6” x 24” field tile square edge plank

MATERIKA™ Intrigues with Elegant Textures

MATERIKA™ resonates with the muted, powdery hues of concrete fashioned into elegant 16” x 48” over-sized wall embellishments. The choice of flat, wavy or combed surfaces adds further intrigue to feature walls. Four versatile, matte neutrals easily integrate with current wood, concrete, glass and brick trends found in traditional and urban settings. MATERIKA™ makes it simple to impart minimalism and elegance to residential and commercial walls.

  • Available in a rectified large format 16” x 48” glazed ceramic wall tile produced with 3D Digital Imaging
  • Four organic color options, Off White, Beige, Grigio and Fango
  • Offered in three surfaces – Flat, Linear and Wave – achieved with innovative pressing process

CAVATINA™ Embodies Stone Elements

The dramatic sense of depth and movement realized in CAVATINA™ via Marazzi’s 3D Digital Imaging captures the look of natural travertine on a flat, smooth surface that is both striking and easily maintained. Fissures and striation visuals create realistic depth without any actual surface indentations. These natural stone looks vary widely from piece to piece, within vastly-ranged colorways of white, beige, brown and gray.

    3D Digital Imaging captures natural travertine look and feel
  • Available in 13” x 13”, 20” x 20” and 12” x 24” field tile in four authentic colors: Aria, Encore, Concerto and Melodic
  • Available in 2” x 4” brick-joint mounted ceramic mosaic and 3” x 13” floor bullnose for finishing trim

MODERN OASIS™ Inspires Serenity

Monochromic shadings and texture resembling windswept sand dunes define the contemporary limestone vibe of MODERN OASIS™. Rich, realistic graphic variations – linear to swirl – effortlessly flow from piece to piece in calming, organic shades. Dual-sized porcelain planks with flat surfaces, clean, straight edges and a controlled, neutral palette juxtapose strikingly with bolder elements of wood, glass and stone.

  • 3D Digital Imaging achieves four calming shades: Soft Cloud, Morning Haze, Desert Sand, Gentle Rain
  • Available in 12” x 24” and 24” x 24” dual-sized porcelain planks
  • Glazed ceramic mosaic is pressed and dot-mounted in 2” x 2” and 1”
  • Also available in 3” x 12” bullnose, 6” x 12” cove base and 1” x 6” cove corner

LUMINESCENCE™ Illuminates with Glass Mosaics

LUMINESCENCE™ is a stunning presentation of highly reflective, artisanal, poured glass modules. Sophistication is redefined through this transparent glass mosaic that reveals lustrous pearlized colors ranging from subtle neutrals to vibrant darks. The stylized 3” x 4” glass rectangles project a flat surface juxtaposed by a beveled border that drops to a concave rectangular back, creating a sense of depth and intrigue.

  • Hand crafted, artisan mosaic with unique “back bevel”
  • Available in eight pearlized colors: Champagne, Pearl, Caramel, Sage, Blue Patina, Silver, Violet and Charcoal
  • 3” x 4” mesh mounted mosaic on a 9” x 12” sheet that can be easily cut into strips to create borders or decos

About Marazzi

With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style. Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner and designer. Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments.

For more information, visit and follow Marazzi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Crossville Launches Nest Porcelain Tile Collection

A Sophisticated, Modern Take on the Wood-look Tile Trend

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville, Inc. has introduced Nest porcelain tile collection. The domestically produced, wood-look line is inspired by the authentic graining of Olive and American Oak species and offers a beautiful, durable alternative to real wood for both floors and walls.

“Nest takes the style of wood-look tile to a more refined and sophisticated level—a great alternative to the appearance of reclaimed timber,” says Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “And we’ve included a selection of sizes and options that give designers lots of creative solutions for even challenging projects.”

Nest comes in seven soothing, neutral colors, with each hue interpreted in both Olive and American Oak graining. The range of colors offered in two unique grains invites mixing and matching for the creation of customer patterns on floors, as well as walls.

Field tile size options are 6”x36”, 8” x 36”, and 3”x15”. Additionally, parquet-inspired mosaics, mesh-mounted on 12” x 12” sheets, are suited for shower pan use or can be combined with the planks sizes for stunning floor patterns. Bullnose and cove base trim allow for beautifully completed installation.

“We love that the mosaics and versatile size options make it possible to design with Nest even for floors in wet areas. You can take the refined look of wood from shower floors to walls with this collection,” summarizes Waldrep.

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, Nest is made using third-party certified, sustainable processes, is GreenSquared certified, and contains a minimum 4% recycled content. Nest is recommended for interior surfaces in commercial and residential settings.

For more information, visit the product page on

MAPEI’s New Underlayment Membrane for Ceramic Tile and Stone

Deerfield Beach, Florida – MAPEI, which is renowned for its innovative installation products in the flooring industry, recently introduced Mapeguard® UM. This crack-suppression, waterproofing and vapor-pressure-equalizing underlayment membrane has been approved for use with latex-modified mortars as part of a warranted system for installation of ceramic tile and natural stone.

Because Mapeguard UM equalizes vapor pressure, it can be applied over young concrete in fast-track construction or concrete with high relative humidity. The lightweight membrane can also be applied over single-layer plywood floors. The uniquely engineered tri-layered design of Mapeguard UM absorbs lateral stress from the substrate without transferring this force to the tile or stone, which maintains exceptional bonds.

“Using Mapeguard UM and one of our latex-modified mortars such as Ultraflex LFT for large-format tiles saves time and labor,” said Brian Pistulka, Business Manager for MAPEI’s Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “Application of this underlayment membrane is lighter and faster than installing a second layer of plywood or cement backer board over a plywood subfloor.”

The engineered cavity design including the mesh-fabric top layer allows easy single-pass filling of the surface core with less mortar, reducing the amount of mortar needed and making the installer’s job easier.

“The underlayment market seeking single-source, warranted system responsibility continues to grow,” commented Pistulka. “We believe MAPEI’s Mapeguard UM will be covering a fair share of the available underlayment market.”


Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is a privately owned global corporation headquartered in Milan, Italy, with 71 subsidiaries including 68 plants in 31 countries. The company specializes in manufacturing chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls. In addition, MAPEI is today the world leader in the manufacturing of mortars, grouts, adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings.

The Americas are home to 25 MAPEI Group manufacturing and distribution facilities, plus the headquarters locations for MAPEI Corporation and Polyglass USA in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are certified to the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems. Visit for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

TISE West: Daltile launches PANORAMIC 10.5’ x 5.3’ porcelain tile

At TISE West, two weeks ago, Daltile launched PANORAMIC Porcelain Surfaces™ – a 10.5’ x 5.3’ gauged porcelain tile, that comes in two thicknesses: 6 mm for floors and walls and 12 mm for countertop fabrication. PANORAMIC was also on display at IBS, in Orlando, in early January.

PANORAMIC comes in eight colors and is offered in polished and honed finish. Daltile stock PANORAMIC in eight locations around the country by the end of January. The product will have its official launch in April.

In the meantime, Daltile is making training available in its stone centers for handling and installing PANORAMIC, with recommendations for equipment suppliers.

“PANORAMIC is additive to what we’ve done with the SlimLite™ line” said Daltile senior brand manager Kim Albrecht, at the manufacturer’s booth during TISE West.  SlimLite is Daltile’s line of 3.5 mm gauged porcelain panels up to 39” x 118”, designed for wall use. PANORAMIC greater 6mm thickness gives it durability for floor use.

For more information, visit or view a video at


PROVA Linear System offers simple drain solution

PROVA ceramic and stone tile accessory products now include a simple solution for linear drain installations. The PROVA LINEAR® system for tiled showers features a unique modular pan and extension system that allows for complete versatility when building out any desired shower base size and drain placements. PROVA-BOND™ surface treatment technology is used on the drain body for the ultimate strength in adhesion to mortar. Get innovation and technology in this one cost effective alternative system!


·       Connects easily to standard drain outlets

·       Drain body coated with PROVA-BOND surface treatment technology for ultimate mortar adhesion

 ·       Pre-bonded PROVA-MAT® membrane on drain flange provides quick and easy waterproofing

·       Tile-in-top inclusion allows for a finished tiled shower floor aesthetic without disrupting drainage

·       Integrated for use with PROVA LINEAR modular pan and extension system

·       Available in 3 popular sizes: 24”, 36”, 42”

·       Stainless steel grate option is also available

ForLinearDrainAd2016_vclosedup_v3 more information, visit And see PROVA products at TISE West/Surfaces, booth # 5447.




See new Mapeguard UM underlayment membrane at MAPEI TISE booth #5847

MAPEI offers  Mapeguard UM, a lightweight waterproofing and vapor pressure-equalizing underlayment membrane. It provides crack suppression for use under ceramic tile and stone installations, for both residential and commercial applications.

Mapemapei-mapeguard_um_rollguard UM is designed to perform over challenging substrates, such as young concrete and single-layer 3/4″ (19 mm) plywood subfloors with joist spacing of up to 19.2″ (49 cm) on
center. The unique engineered tri-layered design of Mapeguard UM absorbs lateral stress from the substrate without transferring this force to the tile or stone, which maintains exceptional bonds.

To learn more about the features and benefits of Mapeguard UM, visit

See the new Mapeguard UM at MAPEI’s TISE West/Surfaces booth #5847.


Profilitec launches highly-advanced Showertec system at TISE West

Profilitec Corporation’s mission statement is to provide the flooring industry with the most advanced products in the tile installation systems category. The company has supported that mission with highly-advanced engineered tile profiles over the last 50 years.

Profilitec Showertec system

Profilitec Showertec system

For the North American market, the next step was to develop a highly-advanced shower installation system. Profilitec analyzed the industry’s current offering and developed an exemplary system in function, performance and simplicity. Profilitec‘s Showertec system, on display and launching at TISE West/Surfaces in Las Vegas at booth #5479, will incorporate advantages that surpass current standards. These include vapor permeance levels that conform to industry requirements for steam showers, high-density, pre-waterproofed foam elements which will save significant installation time and contain recycled content to reinforce Profilitec’s commitment to always incorporate environment- friendly materials when possible.
Profilitec Showertec is the just latest addition to the company’s commitment of providing highly-advanced tile installation systems for the industry.  Stay tuned for more additions to the line coming soon.
See the Profilitec Showertec system at TISE West/Surfaces booth # 5479



See the iQTS244 dry-cut power saw at TISE West booth # 3547

See the iQTS244 dry-cut tile saw at TISE West booth # 3547

iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection systems, introduces the first “Dry-Cut Tile Saw” designed to cut ceramic, porcelain, marble and stone.


The iQTS244® is a 10” dry-cut tile saw specifically created for professional tile setters and contractors. With the world’s first fully-integrated dust control technology, this innovative tool allows for tile to be cut inside or outside with no water and no dust discharge. Additionally, it is lightweight, compact and built on wheels for easy transport to and from jobsites.

100% compliant with the new OSHA standard on respirable silica dust, the iQTS244 was initially produced for professional contractors to eliminate problems caused by cutting with water. The iQTS244 utilizes a three-stage filtration system which captures up to 99.5% of the dust.  All the dust from the cutting point passes through this filtration system and is captured in the dust tray for easy clean up.

The specially designed 10” Q-Drive Cool Cut Blade is air-cooled by the vacuum. The vacuum also removes the cutting debris so the blade is not regrinding the same material, a process that reduces friction and heat.

See the iQTS244 dry-cut tile saw at TISE West booth #3547.

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