Forced to make final decisions about my kitchen reno, I have settled on this Azrock Cortina tile – #423 Autumn Haze. I haven’t installed it yet, but the sample looks FABULOUS. Very streaky — rather than “blotchy” like so many of the other VCT tiles today. I am going to install the tile at a 90-degree angle to each other.
In my research – looking through many old 50s kitchen catalogs – I think this particular tile is a great replica. My biggest regret is that I must buy it in 12″ squares. All tiles today seem to be in this size, at minimum, it seems. In the ’50s, from what I can tell, 9″ tiles proliferated. In my home, all the tiles (under carpet in the basement, the original kitchen flooring) were 9″ square — as is the parquet in the dining room and the cork tiles in the foyer and bedrooms. In my back hall, the beige/white/black/coral streaked linoleum (fabulous) is 6″ square. Fabulous! Oh well.
UPDATE: Tarkett apparently acquired Azrock, see this page for the VCT collections that kinda sorta looks like the old Cortina.
Note: The Azrock people were great about getting me samples. Give them your business!