Rather than hording this list that I do for work, I thought I would post it so everyone could benefit! This is not a "top 10," "best of," or any other type of valuation of these tile manufacturers. I also have a list only of companies that produce porcelain tile
, which whittles down the larger list here (since not all produce porcelain) and adds a few more.
American Olean is a subsidiary of Dal-Tile. In 1995, Dal-Tile acquired American Olean. Both Dal-Tile and American Olean are owned by Mohawk Industries, a huge conglomerate that touches on many home remodeling industries, mainly flooring related.
© Ann Sacks
I'm in love with Ann Sacks. Not Ann-Sacks-the-lady, though I'm sure she's a very nice person, but Ann Sacks the "new" tile, stone, and (yes) plumbing outlet. Ann (the lady) began her design career in 1980 when she discovered "a box of Mexican Talavera tiles being sold as trivets" while shopping for a wedding dress in Portland, OR. The company remained largely Pacific Northwest for years, but then began slowly spreading its showrooms across the U.S. and now has 19 showrooms. Ann Sacks Tile is always original. If you're looking to get beyond the typical tile found at the big companies, Ann Sacks is the place to go.
(c) AZ Hot Dots Logo
Since 2000, Arizona Hot Dots has been producing one-of-a-kind accent tiles
mosaics in bronze, aluminum, pewter and stone. AZ Hot Dots is your go-to place if you want to break out of the rut of monotonous, boring tile.
Arizona Tile really has gorgeous tile, and it's the go-to place if you're looking to break out of the Home Depot-type of tile rut. John Huarte and wife Eileen began Arizona Tile in 1977 in San Diego, and now service primarily the Western U.S. from 25 locations. While Arizona Tile does have a healthy range of porcelain and glass tile, they excel with granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx slabs and tile.
Why should I say "poor Armstrong" about one of the world's largest flooring manufacturers? Because I always forget that Armstrong is more than just resilient and laminate flooring. Armstrong is also a huge supplier of ceramic tile. Not only that, they have a good site showcasing their tile products and a decent tile design tool. Worth checking out.
Both a tile manufacturer and distributor, Bedrosians has been in business for well over half a century, mainly in the West Coast (U.S.). Bedrosians has a brick-and-mortar presence, represented by 30 branches in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Florida. It also has a strong national and international customer base.
In our article about Italian tile ideas, we feature tile from Bedrosians.
More high-end tile, all mosaic. Headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, Bisazza Mosaico has 13 flagship stores across the world, with 15 dealers in the U.S. alone. Even if you're not in the market for architect-quality mosaic tile, Bisazza Mosaico's site is well worth consulting to see tile designs from knowledgeable designers.
Based in the Portland, OR area (Milwaukie), Clayhaus is a very personal, hands-on, and as they put it, "labor of love," by Jason and Megan Coleman. As is befitting a smaller tile studio, Clayhaus doesn't have a massive quantity of products, but what they do have is all interesting, unique, and well thought-out
, as opposed to some of the larger companies that seem to spew out tile lines by the thousands. I first fell in love with Clayhaus when I saw their Matte White tiles installed on stair risers
. At this time, Clayhaus is still largely a West Coast/Pacific Northwest company (12 dealers in Oregon, Washington, and California) but with a few others, too, along the Gulf Coast, Midwest, and Eastern Seaboard. Check 'em out for great ideas!
Even though we're not discussing "best," how about "biggest"? Dal-Tile fits that bill. Dal-Tile proudly manufactures tile in the United States (seven operations in the U.S.; one in Mexico). According to their website, they offer "glazed and unglazed tile, glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaics, glazed porcelain tile, unglazed quarry tile and a variety of stone products."
In terms of availability, Dal-Tile is one tile manufacturer who is there--everywhere. You'll find Dal-Tile in over 250 dedicated retails sales centers, as well as those weekend DIY favorites, Lowe's and The Home Depot. It's appropriate to begin our list of tile companies with Dal-Tile, because they are the umbrella company for two others: American Olean and Mohawk Tile.
© Del Conca
Del Conca is an Italian tile company that has placed roots in the United States in the form of a large factory in Tennessee. They have Del Conca Fast, a system for laying their porcelain stoneware plank tile without grout, adhesives, or joints. Each tile plank has grooves on both sides (not like tongue and groove, which has grooves only on one side). You place a insert in the groove as a kind of "tongue" and then use a mallet to tap the adjoining board in.