For 50s style flooring, my favorite choice is Azrock Cortina #423

Azrock Cortina Autumn Haze retro flooring

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.

I also think that Flex-Tile is worth a look:

– Flex-thru tiles, Architectural series — http://www.flextile.net/

Here is the url for Azrock Cortina.

Note: The Azrock people were great about getting me samples. Give them your business!

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