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        Top 10 Uses for Cement Tiles in Restaurants
        July 13th, 2015

        If you’re looking for something special for your restaurant’s walls and flooring that can stand up to high traffic while also being resistant to water, food and drink spills, and environmental damage, take a look at beautiful cement tile. Reminiscent of century-old Encaustic Tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring.

        At Rustico Tile and Stone, our tiles are made from mineral pigmented Portland cement, are completely customizable, and are perfect for restaurant floors, walls, bars, bathrooms, backsplashes, and even outdoors. Want to learn more? Below are some of our top uses for cement tiles in restaurants!

        1. Open up a room. Much like well-placed mirrors give the illusion of space, decorative cement tiles create the illusion of openness in small areas of a restaurant. Try placing our beautiful tile on angled walls and backsplashes to give the perception of more space. You’ll add instant height to the room along with an aesthetically pleasing décor.


        2. Create beautiful backsplashes. With cement tile you can create a striking pattern that is unique to your restaurant’s personality. Try a Mayan-inspired mosaic, a deeply vibrant color mix, or maybe a monochromatic tile scheme. Transform boring walls into beautiful artwork with a design that’s all your own!

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        3. Generate a mood. Every color and shape creates a specific feeling. If you’re going for modern style with clean lines in an upscale coffee shop or bar, try installing neutral tiles in a geometric pattern. For a European feel at a bistro or Mediterranean restaurant, add some hexagonal tiles with a more antiquated color story. For a fancy and polished look, try a Japanese wave pattern or even combine pristine white and light tan for a polished finish.

        4. Make it yours. Customize your own tile. Pick a design. Pick your colors and voila – it’s customized. Experiment with different colors and shapes to create the ambiance you want for your restaurant. Cement tiles come in almost every color in the spectrum, in different kinds of patterns, and in all types of shapes. You’re sure to find the right one for you!

        5. Craft a focal point. When you install a gorgeous mosaic pattern or a richly colorful tile, it can become a beautiful focal point in your restaurant. Rather than hanging a picture on the wall, why not think about adding tile instead? Or create a striking fireplace element by outlining it in customizable tiles that nobody else will be able to replicate. Try decorating a niche with tiles on the interior side to create an artistic space.

        6. Take it outside. Exterior design is just as important as interior design, and cement tiles are perfect for outdoor eating and waiting areas. The tiles can be sealed which gives them UV protection, water-resistance, and scratch-resistance, and are much more beautiful than concrete.

        7. Match your tiles to your menu. Create a unified theme by matching your tiles to your menus! Geometric patterns and sleek, sharp lines speak to Modernism. Rustic terra cotta tiles invite a cultured, world-traveled diner. Spanish-style cement tiles compliment Mexican food restaurants, adding an authentic feel to the space. Bright colors of Moroccan tile designs accentuate the ambiance of many ethnic food restaurants.

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        8. Build a sexy bathroom. Continue the visual story of your restaurant into its bathrooms by installing matching tile on the walls or floors. Your customers can wash up in a luxurious environment with a crimson colored tile, or step into a beautiful resort-like setting with light blues and greens.

        9. Create an otherworldly experience. Take your guests back in time or instantly transport them to the other side of the globe with thoughtfully installed tile. Victorian designs can bring a long forgotten era back to life, while Moroccan designs can create a Spanish or Bohemian flare that offers customers a glimpse of another place and culture.

        10. Inspire your design. The right tile design and color palette can add the perfect finishing touch to your overall restaurant style. You can pick the color and shape that matches your furniture and color scheme, or you can even use the tile as a basis for your overall design and go from there.

        While cuisine may be the primary reason for guests to visit an establishment, it is the subtle design elements that entice them to continue their restaurant dining experiences. At Rustico Tile and Stone, our eco-friendly and sealable cement tiles are a unique way for restaurant owners to communicate visually with their customers.

        Portland cement tiles and UV protecting/water-resistant sealers are available for purchase at Rustico Tile & Stone in Austin, TX.

        Rustico Tile and Stone is the leading distributor of authentic Mexican tile and stone products for consumers around the world, with a customer base encompassing national floor retail stores, architects, designers, builders, and residential and commercial buyers. For more information about product offerings, price and shipping details, or general inquiries, visit http://www.saltillotileconnection.com. Rustico Tile and Stone is offering generous price discounts throughout the summer in celebration of its 10th year anniversary in business.

        Member Blogs-Sylvie Atanasio
        July 7th, 2015

        Sylvie Atanasio, Head Designer and CEO of Studio S has traveled around the world to visit factories and build relationships. She is a long-time CTDA member and serves on the Board of Directors. Sylvie recently traveled to Turkey for the CTDA Trade Mission as well as China. Read about her travels below.

        TURKEY: JUNE 2015

        I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of the CTDA delegation that went to Istanbul to learn more about Turkey’s ceramic tile industry, as well as their culture. It was a learning experience not only about what advances the Turkish Ceramic industry has made in the last few years, but also how they see their roll in the future of ceramic tile. Turkey’s history of ceramic production reaches back thousands of years from the primitive sculpture of prehistoric Anatolia to the ornaments and crockery of the Hitites and the ornate hand-painted tiles of Iznik.
        Below is a recount of my trip to Istanbul; I hope you enjoy the reading as much as Gigi and I enjoyed the trip.

        The flight from Los Angeles to Istanbul was just over 15 hours or 5 long movies. We left Los Angeles on June 1st, but since we crossed the International Date Line we landed in Istanbul on Tuesday, June 2nd and that’s where our Turkish adventure begins:

        Tuesday, June 2nd
        My daughter and I arrived to Istanbul and after flying 15 hours, we were tired, smelly and just wanted to get to the hotel as soon as possible. While we were rushing to get through immigration and customs we forgot to get a Visa, so after standing in line for an hour and a half, the immigration officer kicked us out of line and told us we had to get a Turkish visa first. So back to the visa desk, and after another hour and a half we finally got through the customs and we were off to hotel where the TurkishCeramics Commission was hosting a welcome reception for us on the rooftop of the hotel.

        As we walked out onto rooftop, we encountered the most breathtaking view of the city and coastline, and also some familiar faces and we soon forgot about how tired we were. The reception was a great way to kick off the trip, it gave everyone an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new CTDA members, and many of the Turkish Ceramic Commission members who were hosting the event. After the reception, an intimate group of us ventured off into the city for a traditional Turkish dinner.

        Wednesday, June 3rd
        After breakfast, we started off the day with an introduction to the TurkishCeramic Commission, followed by a mini tradeshow showcasing 17 different ceramic factories.
        The TurkishCeramics was established in 1997 under the auspices of the Undersecretariat of the Ministry of Economy with the support of the Central Anatolian Exporters Union and the Turkish Ceramics Federation. The group’s main goal is to raise awareness of the quality of Turkish ceramics around the world.

        The group undertakes many activities to communicate to a global audience, from participating in trade fairs to organizing design competitions, hosting exhibitions and trade missions. These events and activities are regularly published in some of the world’s most prestigious design magazines and journals.

        Later that night, we all had the privilege of being able to experience a four hour dinner cruise on the Bosphorus /Sea of Marmara. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying their time together, and of course the topic of the night was TILE. The night was filled with laughter and creating new friendships, and Just when you thought the night couldn’t have gotten any better, they brought out a belly dancer and that’s when the party got started, just ask Mark Carlson of Century Tile or Jack Knies of Tile America. The cruise ended around 11 o’clock and a few us finished the night off with a nightcap back at the hotel on the 15th floor overlooking the city.

        Thursday, June 4th
        Day three was quite an adventure. My daughter Gigi, Betty Sullivan of Architectural Ceramics and I got an early start to visit the Grand Bazaar and to do some shopping. It was great being able to walk around and converse with some of the Turkish people and try our hand at bargaining. We bought a lot of stuff whether we got a good deal or we will never know, I think we need to stick to negotiating tile and stones prices…. We rushed back to the hotel to meet up with the rest of the group for a 5-hour tour of the city.

        Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Europe and Asia, located between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in northwestern Turkey. Istanbul was once the capital of three empires—Byzantium, Constantinople, and Ottoman and today Istanbul is one of the world’s most populous cities and ranks as world’s 5th-largest city. One of the many sites we visited was Topkapi Palace. Once home to many generations of sultans, the palace is filled with opulent gardens and courtyards, plush Turkish baths, and a secluded former harem, all overlooking the gorgeous Sea of Marmara. Afterwards, make you stop and enjoy lunch at the palace restaurant. Here are some other must see sites while in Istanbul:
        ? Aya Sofya
        ? Basilica Cistern
        ? Blue Mosque
        ? Grand Bazaar

        After a full day of sightseeing we were on the move again… or not. The traffic in Istanbul is worse than being stuck on the 405 southbound in LA on any given day!

        Once we arrived back at the hotel, we only had 30 minutes to freshen up for our black tie gala dinner at the Sultan’s summer palace. Of course, all of the women were frantically running upstairs trying to shower, do their makeup and squeeze into their cocktail dress all in less than 30 minutes. Needless to say everyone look like a million bucks! We arrived at Sultan’s summer palace, which was situated on the shoreline of the Borphorus. The view was spectacular in every direction. We enjoyed a 5 course dinner in a glass atrium ballroom looking out, over the Bosphorus, and for the evening we all felt like royalty as we ate, drank, and danced the night away. Thank you TurkishCeramics & CTDA for arranging this beautiful trip for us all.

        CHINA: JULY 2015

        Ni Hao from China,

        Well, I never thought I would be celebrating the fourth of July in China. I have to tell you that nothing says “Happy Birthday America “ like a big bowl of fish heads and braised pork inners….

        I am on the first leg of my China trip and I am currently at the Aria factory approving colors and pressuring the mold factory to finish the molds so we can start pressing the tiles to make the production samples for customer approval.

        The good news is we have approved 23 of the 28 glazes for production, and while trying to match these colors, we have stumbled across some extra cool new colors. Don’t be surprised if we come up with a few new blends when it is all said and done.

        The bad news is, we are only getting two glaze tests a day and there is a lot of down time between kiln firings. So I have been killing time by channeling my inner Andrew Zimmer, eating all sorts of weird things. I have packed on 5 pounds so far, and I am starting to look like a chubby Panda. The factory workers have re-named me “PONG”, Pong in Chinese means FAT.

        The molds will not be done for another week. So, instead of sitting around and eating, I have decided to travel to the other factories to check on the production of the Perspectives, Ikat, Old Hollywood and 51 Shades of Grey, as well as conducting quality control inspections on containers that are about to leave.

        I have included a few pictures from the factory and my food escapades.



        Signing off for now,

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