The subway tile today is ever popular, although in essence has transformed from the original white gloss with a length two times its height. Ceramic tile manufacturers often refer to any small, rectangular tile as ‘subway tiles’ even though the proportions are not always the same, now the length of the tile will be anything from 2 to 6 times its height.
The evolution of the subway continues with each fashion trend producing new colours and finishes, in addition, the sequence of the installation is also continually changing. The original brick bond arrangement is still a favourite, especially with the 2:1 sized classic white, however the longer shaped subways are allowing for more intricate designs such as herringbone and basket weave. To highlight the patterns, coloured grouts are also making a defined statement.
An enduring ceramic design for over a century, the humble subway tile is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, although some would say this classic tile had never really disappeared either.
Observed for their use in covering the walls and ceilings in the New York subway stations in 1904, they were an impressive
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Architecturally and aesthetically it was a marvel, the small rectangular shape accommodating the curvature in ceiling arches and the white gloss reflected light, illuminating the
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