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From the Forum: “Historic tile search”

by Prince Of Petworth May 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm 13 Comments


“I saw the tile in the photo a few years ago at the George Eastman House/Museum. I’m wondering if anyone has ideas about finding something similar. I’ve done some exhaustive searches to no avail. I’d also like something similar if people have ideas. The thing I like are the symmetrical pattern, the very small grout lines, and the fact that it’s white with dark grout.
Thank you!”

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  • ANC

    Tilebar.com has a lot of unusual tile shapes and styles. Just a cursory search lends a couple of options that are at least close to what you’re looking for.


  • U neighbor

    I’m very pleased with my Greecian White Hexagonal tile (Home depot, $10 a square foot). It’s not exactly the same, but it has a similar style, and is easy to pick up (and you can return a sample if you don’t like it)

  • CBay
  • anon
    • textdoc

      Thanks for this link. Now I know how to describe the tile pattern I often see in bathrooms in older buildings in D.C. — “pinwheel”!

  • yunkstahn

    Retro Renovation has a lot of good resources (and great photos): http://retrorenovation.com/.

  • thedcyears

    Search curved basketweave tile or dogbone mosaic tile
    mosaictiledirect.net has some light colored examples
    PS I have always found Mosaic Tile Center locally to be helpful as well, especially with choosing grout!

  • Anonymous

    Architectural Ceramics has a great selection. They aren’t cheap overall but they do have a wide range of prices and if you’re just looking to redo a bathroom (unclear from your post), it’s probably not going to be a ton of square footage and you can go with cheaper tile in other places.

    Hexagonal tile has a good retro look to it, particularly when it is white with black pieces scattered throughout. Penny round tiles are also a good look. And the darker grout has the bonus of showing less dirt and not having to be cleaned as obsessively as bright white.

  • Rich

    These look like Rookwood from Cincinnati–Google them and call. They don’t have a distributor/dealer in the DC area.

  • Trinidad-CLC
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  • Hukiyoyo

    Ann Sacks. Expensive but gorgeous.

  • Smittty

    I’m currently renovating (full basement dig out that will have a new bathroom) and see this style all the time now. You can find it most places. It’s such a great look for an DC remodel.


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