Bits & pieces
– All natural: Ceramic tile is made from clay, water and other earth products, converted with intense heat into rock-hard objects.
– As old as dirt: As a paving and cladding material, ceramic tile predates recorded history. Examples of early glazed tile work, such as the Ishtar Gate at Babylon, survive from the 6th century B.C. As far back as 6,000 years ago, Egyptians were making glazed tile by fusing glass coatings and pigments to clay bodies. Archaeologists have found tile bits along the Nile river dating back 12,000 to 18,000 years.
– Safe and sound: Tile’s natural composition does not promote bacterial or viral growth or capture airborne allergens. It’s also fire resistant; ceramic tile is essentially burnt clay, which doesn’t burn or give off toxic fumes if engulfed in a fire. A ceramic tile countertop will not scorch or melt if a hot skillet is accidentally placed on its surface. Sparks do not damage ceramic tile placed around a fireplace or wood stove hearth.
Source: “The Lifestyle is Tile,” a booklet from the Tile Promotion Board.