These 15 designs are manufactured using the same process
as vintage designs in place for at least 34 years,
Breaking news: Azrock — the same company that manufactured the beloved Azrock Cortina Autumn Haze VCT flooring, the classic 1950s-style streaking vinyl composite tile that I put into my kitchen — has created a new line of flooring using the exact same process that includes a whopping 15 designs. The new line is called Azrock TexTile. Colors are a low chroma greyed out (no pastels), but, hey, I am not complaining: 15 colors = fantastic. I spoke to the Azrock brand manager for this flooring line on Friday, and interestingly, she told me that Azrock Cortina Autumn Haze has been in the lineup for at least 34 years — as long as she’s been at the company. Yes: This is a classic, classic floor for 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s homes — and beyond. And now: It’s coming back full force into the lineup again — hurray!
For this story, snaps to Sarah, who alerted me a few weeks ago that her flooring salesperson told her that Azrock Cortina Autumn Haze was going to be discontinued later this year. When I finally connected with the right person at the company, I was able to clarify: Autumn Haze [<-website link] is not going to be discontinued. The real story is: Azrock Cortina Autumn Haze will no longer be marketed to residential customers, but it will still be available to commercial customers. That means: If want it, you can still get it. Sarah, your salesperson wasn’t wrong per se — retailers have been told to start removing it from their displays, etc. — they will say it’s discontinued; but it’s not. In any case: See the TexTiles. Same process, same look, many more colors!
Thank you, Sarah, your tip led me to this discovery of the new TexTile lineup.
Remember: If you get this floor, you must strip, polish and buff it regularly. I think that it’s most aesthetically pleasing if you install it in quarter-turns, tesselated. And one downside: The floor will last forever — that is, you will be sick of it well before you ever need to replace it.
The company sent me full-sized samples of each of the tiles — they exceeded my expectations. They are way more beautiful than shown in these images. This is a great lineup!