Best Tile Manufacturers and Tile Brands

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In a world with no shortage of tile companies, some manufacturers and retailers are destined to rise to the top. Numerous small artisan tile companies produce truly original and unique products. While these tiles are sure to make your bathroom or kitchen a one-of-a-kind showstopper, many of these tiles are difficult to obtain. At the other end of the spectrum are large tile companies whose products are as easy to purchase as making a quick trip to your local home improvement store. These tiles tend to be far less expensive than the artisan makers, but they also can be bland and uninspired. Any list of the best tile companies and brands would have to balance style, price, buying convenience, and quality, and these companies all hit that mark.

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    Ann Sacks Tile & Stone

    Ann Sacks began her design career in 1980 when she discovered "a box of Mexican Talavera tiles being sold as trivets" while shopping for a wedding dress in Portland, Oregon. The company remained largely in the Pacific Northwest for years, but then began slowly spreading its showrooms across the United States and now has locations in many metro areas. Ann Sacks Tile is always original. If you are looking to go beyond the typical tile found at the big companies, Ann Sacks might just be your ultimate destination.

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    Susan Jablon Mosaics

    This Binghamton, New York-based maker and retailer of distinctive tiles has only been in business since 2000, but it has made a strong impact on the designer tile landscape. Owner Susan Jablon, in conjunction with daughter Emily, produces custom mosaic glass tiles available online to dress up a kitchen, bathroom, or any part of your house that needs unique tiles.

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    Arizona Tile

    If you want to break away from the pack, Arizona Tile offers unique, gorgeous tile. Arizona Tile is the go-to place if you're looking to break out of the rut of boring tile. John Huarte and wife Eileen began Arizona Tile in 1977 in San Diego, and now service primarily the western United States. While Arizona Tile does have a healthy range of porcelain and glass tile, they also excel with granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx slabs and tile.

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    Florida Tile

    It makes sense that Florida Tile would be located in the State of Florida. Except it's not. Florida Tile's corporate headquarters are in Lexington, Kentucky, with a manufacturing and distribution base in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. For a half-century, Florida Tile, Inc. has been making porcelain and ceramic wall tile, as well as natural stone and decorative glass and metal tiles.

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    Pavé Tile & Stone

    Unique hardly describes Pavé Tile & Stone's product roster. Founded by French and American husband and wife team François and Emmi Micallef, this Massachusetts-based tile company, in business since 2000, imports premium French, Italian, Belgian, and Spanish handmade terra cotta tile.

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    Hakatai

    Hakatai is an importer and distributor of glass tile and has been in business since 1997. Hakatai offers recycled glass tiles, totally carbon-free green shipping, and esoteric specialty tiles. More recently, Hakatai has expanded into other tile materials such as stone and metal. But glass remains Hakatai's stock in trade. If glass mosaic is your interest, Hakatai just might be able to supply you with a product that works for your home.

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    Clayhaus Ceramics

    Based in the Portland, Oregon area, Clayhaus is a very personal, hands-on, and as they put it, "labor of love," by founders Jason and Megan Coleman. As is befitting a smaller tile studio, Clayhaus does not have a massive quantity of products. But what they do have are interesting, unique, and well thought-out. You might just love Clayhaus after you check out their Matte White tiles installed on stair risers. At this time, Clayhaus is still largely a West Coast/Pacific Northwest company, with dealers in Oregon, Washington, and California. If you live along the Gulf Coast, Midwest, and Eastern Seaboard, though, there are a few other dealers that do supply Clayhaus tiles.

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    Bedrosians

    Both a tile manufacturer and distributor, Bedrosians has been in business for well over half a century, mainly on the West Coast. Bedrosians has a brick-and-mortar presence, represented by branches in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Florida. It also has a strong national and international customer base. Bedrosians is truly a tile business success story that has gone from being purely a brick and mortar operation to a familiar online presence. Bedrosians has managed to shift from being a small tile operation to a major player, without losing its small company-style customer service. Bedrosians has also upped the ante with its robust and easy-to-use online tile store.

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    Modwalls

    In recent years, Modwalls has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of tile companies. This online-only Aptos, California-based company designs and manufactures its own ceramic and porcelain tile, all with a modern bent. With most tile companies you have to hunt and forage for cool, unique tiles. But with Modwalls, cool and unique is business as usual. Colorful subway tile, glass, and unusual shapes are specialties at Modwalls.

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    Bisazza

    Headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, Bisazza Mosaico has thirteen flagship stores across the world, with an equal number in the United States. Even if you are not in the market for architect-quality mosaic tile, Bisazza's site is well worth consulting to see tile designs from internationally well-known designers.

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    Mercury Mosaics

    There was a dark time in tile-making history, not too long ago, when mosaics were ignored in favor of large format tile. Those days are past, thank goodness, because mosaics represent fertile creative ground for true tile artistry. Case in point: Minneapolis-based Mercury Mosaics, with its inventive cookie cutter shapes such as diamonds and Moroccan fish scales, combined with lush, rich colors. Mercury Mosaics sells tile sample packs of all of their tile products so that you can see them in situ in your own bathroom or kitchen.

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    Del Conca USA

    Del Conca is an Italian tile company that has placed roots in the United States in the form of a large factory in Tennessee. One of its innovations is Del Conca Fast, a system for laying their porcelain stoneware plank tile without grout, adhesives, or joints. Each tile plank has grooves on both sides, not like tongue and groove, which has grooves only on one side. You place a insert in the groove as a kind of tongue and then use a mallet to tap the adjoining board in. Besides Del Conca Fast, the company offers a huge assortment of exotic and colorful Euro-style tiles.

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    Mission Stone & Tile

    Mission Stone & Tile is based in Nashville, Tennessee, with a store in Chattanooga. Mission Stone & Tile boasts unique tile offerings such as its Curve Appeal scalllop-shaped tiles and its Hex Appeal hexagonal Carrara Basalt tiles. Besides those two stores, Mission sells its products online, with free shipping for orders of $1,000 or more. Mission Stone & Tile has partnered with Italian company Ceramiche Mutina in an effort to expand the boundaries of its designs, with innovative patterns, glazes, and graphics.

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    Nemo Tile

    Nemo, based in New York, sports a generous variety of tiles, from porcelain and ceramic to stone and engineered flooring surfaces. Nemo began small, but now it has several showrooms in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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    Marazzi

    How can you go wrong with Italian lineage for a tile company? Marazzi provides porcelain stoneware, glazed porcelain, through-body porcelain, glass, and glazed ceramic tile for both commercial and residential use. While Marazzi is not a direct retail operation, it does distribute to both independent retailers and to the big home improvement centers like The Home Depot.

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    Florim USA

    Florim USA, formerly called American Florim, is based in Clarksville, Tennessee. Florim USA is the American offshoot of Italian tilemaker Florim Group. Florim USA's mission is to combine age-old Italian craftsmanship with modern production processes. In 2010, Florim USA made a name for itself as one of the first U.S. companies to bring HDG (High Definition Graphic) technology to tile manufacturing.

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    StonePeak

    StonePeak is an Italian company with headquarters in Chicago and production facilities in Tennessee. StonePeak offers gorgeous ceramic and porcelain tiles revolving around commercial and high-end residential installations. One claim to fame is that StonePeak was the first United States-based manufacturer of giant-format tiles.

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    Oceanside Glasstile

    As the name says, Oceanside is all about glass tile. Since 1992, Oceanside has supplied glass tile for high profile commercial and residential tiling applications. No mass producer of bland tiles, one of Oceanside's specialties is art glass.

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    Villagio (Tile & Stone by Villagio)

    Based in Scottsdale, Arizona but distributing in seven other states, Tile & Stone by Villagio features ultra-swanky tumbled stone and travertine, among other types of tile. Villagio Tile & Stone does not have an online store. But if you are ever in the Phoenix or Scottdale area, it is surely worth a visit if you are in the market for tile.

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    American Olean

    American Olean is a subsidiary of Dal-Tile. In 1995, Dal-Tile acquired American Olean. Both Dal-Tile and American Olean are owned by Mohawk Industries, a conglomerate that touches on many home remodeling industries, mainly flooring-related. Because American Olean is a favored brand of Lowe's Home Improvement stores, it tends to be less expensive than other tile offerings. If you want a good, cheap tile that does the job for bathtub surrounds, walls, floors, and backsplashes, American Olean can help you bring your project in under or at budget.

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    Dal-Tile Corporation

    Dal-Tile proudly manufactures tile in the United States, with seven operations in the U.S. and one in Mexico. According to the Dal-Tile website, they offer "glazed and unglazed tile, glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaics, glazed porcelain tile, unglazed quarry tile and a variety of stone products." In terms of availability, Dal-Tile is one of those few tile manufacturers who is everywhere. You can find Dal-Tile in over hundreds of dedicated retails sales centers, as well as those weekend do-it-yourself favorites, Lowe's and Home Depot. Also, Dal-Tile is a huge enough operation that it can offer popular favorites as well as a number of truly unique product lines.

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    Eleganza Tile

    Floor, wall, medallion, natural stone, and resin borders can be found at this Fullerton, California-based tile company, which has branches in Texas and Illinois.

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    Merola Tile

    Merola Tile provides porcelain and natural stone tiles for kitchens, bathrooms, walls, and floors. Merola Tile is a wholesale distributor of tile to name retailers, so you cannot purchase tile through them directly.