Tiles of Italy
by Rita Bellano
Bellano Tile has been importing tile from Italy since 1978, when the industry in Italy was developing at a very rapid pace. At the Italian Chamber of Commerce of B.C. event held at the Bellano Tile showroom, an authentic Tuscan tile line, which dates back to the traditions of the 1400ís, was introduced to the Vancouver market. The success of this event is a confirmation that Italian design still commands attention.
Italy has been the leader in the tile industry since the middle
ages. Today it is made up of 253 companies of various sizes. These
companies range from small artisan studios producing hand made products
in centuries old traditions to large publicly traded corporations
which produce the latest in porcelain material for commercial projects
such as airports. In Italy the producers employ close to 32,000 people
and manufacture more than 630 million square meters of tile annually.
Seventy percent of those sales are in exports to foreign markets.
According to Assopiastrelle, the equivalent of the chamber of commerce
for the Italian tile industry, Italy is responsible for 40% of the
entire world trade in tiles.
Italian tile has its roots in the Middle Ages when it was used for
decorating the walls and floors of religious and public buildings.
Tiles were introduced to Italy by the Islamic and Moresque cultures,
however, the actual use of tile predates history and examples can
be found that are believed to be 16,000 years old. As with many other
products, in the history of Italian design, the Italians borrowed
from other cultures and then improved upon the products using Italian
ingenuity and artistic creativity.
We encourage you to come and visit the showroom at Bellano Tile and
experience Italian tile. Whether you are looking for a hand made Tuscan
cotto, which goes back to the traditional roots of Italy or a product
to use on the floor of a busy international airport--Italy can provide.
Italians have been perfecting their ingenuity and design since before
the Etruscans, so it is no wonder that they have so many products
to offer the world.
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