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You know the big names in tile, like Walker Zanger and DalTile, but there are plenty of small, artisanal tile companies that you should know about too. Not only do they offer beautiful backsplash and flooring options, but shopping from small, local manufacturers helps support regional economies and offers a unique spin for your kitchen's design. Here are 10 artisan tile companies that we're talking about right now.
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With funky retro colors and three-dimensional patterns, the Topo Collection (shown above) creates a modern landscape that flows across your kitchen walls. Even in a neutral shade, the texture—one of the hottest trends in tile right now—stands out.
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Taking its cues from the style and materials of Eurasia, the Silk Road Collection features stone and glass tiles for floors and walls that are as tempting to touch as silk sheets. Just looking at this cool marble mosaic can soothe the simmer of the stovetop on a hot summer’s day.
#3. Fireclay Tile
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Made from 100-percent locally sourced recycled glass, the Crush line of field and mosaic tiles is perfect for any eco-friendly kitchen project. We have a crush on all the colors and styles, but especially these penny rounds in saucily named hues like Habañero and Wall Flower.
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Though the name of the Rift Series implies separation, it's actually the blending of the tile's two separate glazes that creates either a third color or a row of bubbles in the middle of the tile. Now with the option of rifts on the diagonal, you can create fun patterns like diamonds or herringbones.
#5. Motawi Tileworks
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Arts & Crafts-style homes from California to Chicago can benefit from this wide selection of handmade art tiles. Whether you’re looking for classic Craftsman colorways and patterns or just a few dramatic accent pieces—like the 8”x8” March Balloons tiles shown here—these tiles are a fitting update for a historic home.
#6. Jeffrey Court
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To capture the classic, elegant look of Manhattan in the Roaring Twenties, check out the Chapter 16 Park Place collection, featuring natural stone tiles, mosaics, and liners in shades of white, tan, gray and blue. Become bewitched by classic basketweave, or choose the more modern horizontal “sticks.”
#7. Pewabic Pottery
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Nothing personalizes a kitchen like working pieces of your heritage and life story into its design. If you hail from the Emerald Isle, this hand-pressed 3”x3” Celtic eternity knot tile in a green glaze will do the trick. Numerous other specialty tile options will appeal to cat lovers, ballerinas, Michigan fans and more.
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Spiff up classic subway tile in a running bond pattern by choosing varying neutral shades instead of monochromatic white. This subtly blended mosaic tile has a slightly glossy glaze that makes it look almost like glass.
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With textured patterns, etched surfaces, and range of sizes and shapes, the Intaglio collection almost looks like fabric wallpaper, not tile. Make your friends jealous with playful circular and stick tiles, especially if you arrange them as a large inset with a border.
#10. Heath Ceramics
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“Dimensional” tiles are ones that are truly three-dimensional, with a pattern protruding from the typical flat surface. With this Dimensional collection, the clean, sculptural lines—ovals, triangles, bowties and diamonds—say “modern” loud and clear.