With its bright colors and rich use of natural stone, European tile creation has a long and storied history. Thankfully, advancements in production and a thriving global economy have allowed many European tile manufacturers to either set up shop in the U.S., or partner with distributors on this side of the Atlantic. Here are six new tile introductions from near and far that can let your next project feel just like home - and a little bit like someplace else.

Italian Stone
Though solid and weighty in appearance, the name of Caesar porcelain tile's Trace collection's calls the eye to hints of burnished metal and matte cement often found in Italy's historic architecture. Available colors include vitro (white), alumina, bronze, corten (copper), iron, and mint (shown). Large-format square, rectangular, and plank-style field tiles are available in a range of sizes, which are complemented by mosaic-style décor options, as shown in this bathroom backsplash, as well as trim pieces. caesar.it

International Applications
If the Consulate name suggests an international flavor, perhaps it's because this collection from Daltile can go just about anywhere. Available in antique and quartzite finishes with the look of natural stone, Consulate works in residential or commercial settings, and can be installed as flooring, wall covering, or even used as exterior pathway or paver-style tiles. The large-format tiles measure 12-by-24 inches or 24-by-48 inches, offering plenty of real estate to showcase natural stone patterns. To complement the rectangular ColorBody porcelain tiles, the Antique series features a linear design, and Quartzite offers a square mosaic with a high degree of color variation. Look for Consulate coming in November 2015. daltile.com

Turkish Delight
Turkish export Ege Seramika brings its unique Magma collection of glazed porcelain tile to North America. Cutting-edge manufacturing gives the tile a realistic look of solidified molten lava. Suitable for indoor or outdoor installation, the tiles come in sand, copper, and charcoal earthtones and four large format sizes: 13- and 18-inch squares, and 12-by-24-inch and 18-by-36-inch rectangles. The brand distributes to North American customers from its U.S. headquarters in Georgia. egeseramik.com

Asian Inspiration
Japanese inspiration comes to Lunada Bay Tile's Agate collection. The Taiko series of tiles is available in 10 colorways each in three finishes, offering numerous possibilities for customization. Like other tiles in the collection, handmade Taiko tiles incorporate creases, wrinkles, waves, and bubbles, so each combination of color and finish takes on its own light-reflecting style. Suitable for a variety of installations, Taiko tiles comprise up to 70% post-consumer recycled glass, and measure approximately 5-by-1 1/4 inches. lunadabaytile.com

Italy, Via Texas
Marazzi has deep roots in Italy, but the brand's domestic production comes from deep in the heart of Texas. So, from an Italian kitchen to a backyard Texas swimming pool, the Midpark Mosaics collection works in a variety of settings with it's unique geometric design. Patterns comprise trapezoid, square, and rectangular shapes; five different natural stones; and metallic, crackle, and pearlized finishes. Colors ranges from white to charcoal, all in fresh gradations and formats that encourage customization. Use the mesh-mounted tiles in full sheets or cut into accent strips for backsplashes, showers, and tub surrounds, fireplaces, and statement walls. Three sizes are available within each color range, and can be used indoors or out. marazziusa.com

Soon From Spain
With more than 150 designs available across 40 brands, Tile of Spain's Quick Ship Collection lets designers incorporate authentic Spanish tile with more convenience. The Quick Ship Collection represents a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. and are in stock and available for delivery within 4 to 8 weeks. The collection is updated annually to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to purchasers. The Quick Ship Collection meets a variety of design needs with available floor, wall, and mosaic tiles, and interior and exterior products. Designers can search the interactive online catalog by product category, design style, and company name. Each entry includes details on the tile series name, color image, pattern description, available sizes and uses, and contact information for purchase. tileofspainusa.com/quickship

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