A Little Subway Tile History Lesson

A Little Subway Tile History Lesson

Today we are giving a little history lesson on a prominent tile in American design history.  Perhaps some of you already know, but many of you may wonder where in the world the term Subway Tile came to be.  Well, back in the early 1900s when the subway stations in New York were originally built many of the station walls were covered in simple 3”x6” rectangular tiles in basic colors (typically white).  The tiles were sleek, easy to clean with tight grout spaces and quickly rose in popularity in American bathrooms, kitchens and other tile installations.  Today they still remain a trendy choice and many have branched out into utilizing bold, bright colors and in sizes other than just 3”x6”s.

To see more modern application of subway tile in action, this kitchen had simple white cabinets with black countertops.  While maintaining the simplistic design of the kitchen, the homeowners chose a subway tile backsplash but spruced it up in a lively color to add a dash of fun.  We made 4”x8” Subway Tile in Patina, which is one of our most favored colors when anyone asks for the handmade tile signature of color variation.  Go ahead and take a gander.

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Isn’t this copper pot perfect with the antique look of the Patina subway tile?  We think so at least!

We hope you enjoyed this brief history lesson about subway tile– a classic tile shape

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