Historically, man has desired to create living spaces which were beautiful, durable, and user friendly. With that in mind, ceramic tile has been made by man for 4000 years. Some might argue that the period may extend back considerably longer. Without a doubt, it has been a long time.
Tile however, has not always been a product designed and made for the common man. Early in its history, tile was only for the affluent. Kings, Queens, Princes, and the Churches were normally the only users.
Archeologists have uncovered tile in
many ancient places built and occupied
well before the time of Christ. Beautiful
tiled surfaces have been found in the
oldest pyramids, the ruins of Babylon,
and ancient ruins of Greek cities. Actually,
it is believed that tile was first manufactured
in ancient Egypt
Eventually, tile making spread throughout the world and became more affordable and more commonly used. While some of today's manufacturers still make tile by hand, most use some form of automation. This has resulted in tile made faster and more economically.
Since ceramic tile can be a beautiful,
durable, easily cleaned, and affordable
surface. It became a widely used product
on almost every continent of the modern