Twin Cities Tile Spotlight: Porcelain Inspired by Ancient Architectural Traditions

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Twin Cities Tile Spotlight: Porcelain Inspired by Ancient Architectural Traditions

We often find inspiration from the architecture and design of past eras and civilizations.  With that in mind, Mediterranea has designed two porcelain tile collections that evoke the timeworn stone look of ancient Egypt and ancient Babylon.  These collections, Giza and Babylon, portray the uniquely weathered aesthetics of these two architectural traditions.



Giza 12×12 – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea


Mediterranea’s Giza at Rubble Tile in St. Louis Park

There are some architectural traditions that have withstood more than the test of time — they have endured through millennia to become the wonders of the modern world.   In Mediterranea’s latest porcelain tile series, the extraordinary lands and monuments of ancient Egypt are honored in Giza – a series that draws upon thousands of years of history to deliver a unique offering to today’s designers.


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Giza – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea


In creating Giza, Mediterranea’s design team visited historic lands in North Africa to gain inspiration for this unique concept.  Stones, weathered by centuries of sandstorms and blazing heat were carefully selected and replicated to create a perfect blend of colors and patterns. The finished look is worthy of the treasures unearthed in the pyramids of the pharaohs.


Giza – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea

Giza is manufactured in the USA in the easy-to-install 12”x12” format, sized perfectly for these uniquely-weathered graphics.  Now you can affordably bring the treasures of ancient Egypt into your personal decorating concept with GIZA – designed exclusively by Mediterranea.


Timeworn Porcelain Tile with the Look of Ancient Babylon

By any measure, the ancient city of Babylon was one of the most consequential in recorded history.  Founded over 4,000 years ago on the Euphrates river in present-day Iraq, Babylon was once believed to be the world’s largest city, filled with architectural and design wonders, including the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Babylon – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea

Today, Mediterranea brings this architectural tradition to life in its latest porcelain tile series, Babylon.  Manufactured in the USA with exacting standards for color and tone, this series perfectly captures the colors and Middle Eastern heritage of this legendary tradition.


Babylon – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea

Mediterranea’s exclusive Dynamic HD Imaging technology brings to life the unique stones of the region, which blend together in a 12”x12” tile format to create a superb design concept that looks great in commercial and residential applications.

Advantages of Stone-Look Porcelain

The 12×12 porcelain tiles in the Giza and Babylon collections have a highly realistic look, and are a smart option if natural stone isn’t right for your project. Like stone, these tiles have shade variation which adds to their natural look and their beauty.

An added plus? The tiles in both collections contain up to 40% recycled content, and they are made in the USA.

In addition to the fact that these stone-look porcelain tiles are really budget-friendly, they are also extremely durable. They require much less maintenance and care than stone, so they are better suited for use in light – medium traffic public and commercial spaces like hotels, building lobbies, and bathrooms.

Giza – Photo Courtesy of Mediterranea

Babylon and Giza look great in residential kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces as well. Contact Rubble Tile, and stop by our showroom to see these history-inspired tiles for yourself!

Please note that our warehouse/customer service and showroom/offices are at two separate locations, with different hours.