Porcelain bathroom tile in a rainbow of colors & styles from American Universal


EXCITING NEWS: We have a newly discovered resource for porcelain ceramic floor and wall tiles: American Universal Corp. I love their website — it’s easy to make your own octagon-and-dot combinations, for example. Like my peach, raspberry and grey floor tile combination above — what do you think? American Universal imports these porcelain tiles from Japan. There are many colors, many sizes and styles, and the prices don’t look bad at all. Not for porcelain ceramic. Note, I have been advised that for flooring, plain ceramic is not recommended – it’s not durable enough for the wear and tear of a bathroom floor. I am not an expert, though…does this make sense to those of you more experienced than me in specifying tile. Anyway — this stuff looks really promising. There are 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s options galore. Have fun at American Universal’s website ogling the whole lineup, or meanwhile, check out my 14-image slide show become for a smattering of choices available for your retro renovation bathroom.


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  1. Natschultz says

    Porcelain vs Ceramic – Porcelain is MUCH more durable than ceramic (stoneware). Porcelain is a finer (less porous) clay fired at a much higher temperature, therefore is less likely to break, it resists scuffs and nicks better and it is resistant to water. In a bathroom glazed (glossy) tiles are slippery on a floor, that is why retro (spiral, hex) floor tiles are unglazed porcelain. If they were ceramic they would soak up water like a sponge. In a kitchen the porcelain is better for wear resistance.

    Ceramic floor tiles are sold, but they are glazed in a matte or satin finish, often textured. The problem is that the edges are not glazed and the water gets soaked into the tile through the grout. This is a real problem where the tile meets the tub if it not caulked well and water drips. Definitely seal your grout!

    Terracotta tiles (authentic ones, anyway) are low-fired stoneware – they soak up water. They were only used in warm weather areas originally with dry climates – they should never be used in humid or temperate (cold winter) areas as they are guaranteed to be destroyed in no time.

  2. Brenda says

    I’m looking for matt (harvet gold?) octagon 4 x 4 floor tiles and the dots in the same color for a bathroom repair — 70’s flooring?

    Any sugguestions?/


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