Tiles are pieces of ceramic, stone, metal and sometimes even glass that are used for a covering for floors, walls and roofs and even sometimes table tops. They are durable and can provide covers which are unique as each tile may have its own design, such as when made from stone. Although the first evidence of tiles being used dates back to 4000BC when the Egyptians used tiles made from mud and clay for decorative purposes, there is also evidence that the Assyrians and Babylonians also used them for architectural purposes. Since those times tiles have been used all around the world, being used by Persians, Chinese, Turks, Tunisians, Romans, Greeks and Indians. Prior to the 1900s, tiles were only used either in important buildings or in the houses of the rich but today, as tiles are now affordable, they are used where ever it is thought that they would look good, including hotels, businesses and private homes. In more recent times, in the UK, tiles made from natural stone are becoming very popular. The fact that these tiles are made from natural stone means that they are weather proof and long lasting and their unique individual patterns on each tile make them especially good for use in gardens, on patios or in bathrooms. There are several types of stone tiles now available and if used in combinations, can make for some good mosaic. These mosaic tiles london are becoming particularly popular in recent years and their popularity seems to be expanding to the rest of the country. Of the different stone tiles in demand today, it is the tiles made from travertine, marble and limestone which are in the greatest demand. Although with many products, when there is an increase in popularity, the manufacturing of them seems to slow down but thankfully, in the UK, as some of the larger suppliers of stone tiles own their own quarries, no delays are experienced and deliveries throughout the country can be made one day after ordering.
There are though one or two thing that should be kept in mind when using natural stone tiles and where they are to be used. Travertine tiles for example are porous; this means that before they can be used in most locations, they need to be sealed. Another example is the use of marble tiles and in this instance, although marble tiles are durable and completely weather proof, they can stain more easily than some other types of tile and so if used in kitchens, alcohol, vinegar, tomato and butter products should be avoided from spilling on them in order for them to keep their new, pristine and unique appearance. A growing trend among the users of natural stone tiles is to use one particular type as the main one but them surround those with a mosaic border made up from different natural stone tiles, presenting a look that is not just unique but also practical and long lasting either inside or outside of a house.