Coverings Announces Best Booths of 2018

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, has announced the winners of its 2018 Best Booth Awards. The program recognizes the standout booths based on their design, creativity, display of product, use of space and overall presentation. This year, an esteemed panel of judges selected five to win the coveted honor from more than 1,100 exhibitors, many of which showcase remarkable booth exhibits.

Winners include:

  • Overall Best in Show – Florim Ceramiche (Booth #1642)
  • Open Concept – Ornamenta (Booth #2717)
  • Use of Storytelling – Fiandre (Booth #7646)
  • On Trend – Inalco (Booth #3331)
  • Best Ambiance – Anatolia Tile & Stone Inc. (Booth #1019)

“The booth displays feature an array of beautifully designed spaces that incorporate tile and stone on a variety of innovative displays,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We congratulate this year’s winners, who all contributed to making Coverings one of the most beautiful expositions in the country.”

The Overall Best in Showhonor was presented to Florim Ceramiche (#1642), which earned praise for its distinctive design and use of space. The multi-level footprint of the booth showcases a unique portfolio of tile products. Judges noted the attention to detail throughout and architectural elements on both floors of the booth display. 

Ornamenta(#2717) was honored for best “Open Concept,”as the booth exterior features open sides, allowing visitors view the tile products from multiple angles. The trendy fashion-forward pink hue of the booth complements the open design.

The best “Use of Storytelling” award went to Fiandre(#7646), as the booth features a Sophisticated and Sustainable Hub of Design Trends theme. Inside, the multidimensional booth shows how the beautiful product translates throughout a fitness space from the lockers, to the showers, to the workout area.

Inalco(#3331) earned the top spot in the “On Trend” category. The eye-catching booth displays a more contemporary statement with an electronic board displaying a stunning video about the brand. Judges complimented the use of linear walls that included three-dimensional samples of the product in front of each respective wall.

The “Best Ambiance” honor went to Anatolia Tile & Stone Inc.(#1019). The booth blends a wide range of materials that ties the space together with integrated lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Tile of Spain Showcases Tile Innovations from over 85 Manufacturers at Coverings 2018

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), exhibits a wide variety of new product innovations and trends from Spanish tile manufacturers at Coverings 2018: The Global Tile & Stone Experience.

During the 4-day tile and stone exhibition, 85 Spanish ceramic and stone manufacturers showcase some of the most advanced ceramic tile technology and breathtaking design choices the world has to offer.

Highlights of the Spain Pavilion at Coverings include:
Gorgeous porcelain tiles and mosaics offer a world of choices in the new Floor Collection by Adex (#3115). On-trend geometric shapes in Solid White, Bone or Black are complemented with ceramic dots available in six coordinating shades. The mix and match shapes and colors offer ease in creating a customized look.
As part of its innovation, Argenta (#3107) has added the Powder series to its product line. The new series combines materials, designs and formats to produce novel effects and a highly attractive look that comes in a wide range of floor and wall size formats.
ThinCK is the new thin format coating technology from Colorker Group (#3147). Thanks to the versatility of its format and lightness of its thickness (6.5mm), ThinCK provides captivating beauty and a unique style to any space.
Dune (#3501) encompasses a certain soul and symbolism with its newest collection, Minimal Chic. Composed of two series: Emporio, stone finish, and Factory, cement finish, each design in the collection is inspired by the work of minimalist style artists.
Equipe Cerámicas (#3547) presents Artisan, a wall tile inspired by Arabic zellige. Artisan is available in two sizes (5×5″ and 2 ½x 8″) and a range of ten colors to accommodate individual design preferences.
Chic is an exquisitely sophisticated modern collection from Keraben Grupo (#3531). Based on a combination of Victorian aesthetics and functional design, Keraben Grupo’s design team was inspired by Victorian wallpaper, creating wall tiles with a skillful combination of color and texture.
Chrono, a new collection from Rocersa (#3621), is suitable for both interior and exterior floors and walls, offering the possibility to create attractive and elegant solutions in any setting. Based on two cold shades (white and grey) and a notably warmer shade (cream), this stoneware tile lends a wide range of composition and sensory options.
Saloni (#3451) presents Bernini, a collection inspired by travertine marble with natural finishes. With a careful reproduction of calcium carbonate deposits, this collection is designed to highlight the material properties of sedimentary rock. The play of both gloss and matte finishes gives these ceramics a natural look resulting in a perfectly balanced design structure.
Tau Ceramica (#3831) introduces new formats, textures and applications to add to its already extensive offerings. These new additions are available in two new collections by TAU, Insignia and Evolution, along with the well-known Ascale range, which has been revamped and extended with new products.
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For a booth directory of Tile of Spain’s 85 exhibiting manufacturers’ visit:
The 2018 Spanish Pavilion is organized and sponsored by ASCER, the Professional Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers from Spain, and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit
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Coverings, the largest global tile & stone exhibition in North America, made its highly-anticipated return to the Georgia World Congress Center yesterday. Representatives from the Ceramics of Italy, Tile of Spain, Tile Council of North America, Ceramic Tile Distributor Association, and National Tile Contractor Association gathered Tuesday, May 8 for the official 2018 ribbon cutting ceremony. The show, which runs through Friday, May 11, showcases hundreds of new products with more than nine miles of tile from 1,100 exhibitors, and offers more than 45 accredited and free seminars and live demonstration sessions.

“Coverings has truly enhanced the show experience this year with the addition of several very exciting opportunities for attendees,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “Some of this year’s highlights include the new interactive installation experience, an incredible array of community give-back programs and the show’s new after-hours networking event, not to mention the most spectacular display of tile & stone in North America.”

Returning to Atlanta after five years, Coverings 2018 opened with enthusiasm that mirrored the nation’s booming construction industry. Tuesday unveiled an array of new show features designed to enhance the overall experience, including first-day extended hours with an “Around the World of Tile & Stone” happy hour networking event, and the Coverings Orientation Theatre, which allowed first-time show goers looking for advice and strategies on the best way to tackle such a massive exposition. Also receiving commanding attention was the new The Installation Experience, where attendees can observe in-progress installations depicting common residential design challenges.

Attendees on Tuesday were also encouraged to become part of Coverings’ history at the Tile Heritage Foundation’s Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural. With a $25 tax-deductible donation, attendees at Coverings can press their names, hands, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile to become part of the mural, which will be installed at TCNA Headquarters in Anderson, SC. This is one of several community give-back programs at Coverings 2018. Other initiatives taking place this year will benefit Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, and The Homeless Pets Foundation.

Rounding out the exciting line up of activities was the return of the Installation Design Showcase, tiny home edition. For the second year, the homes were outfitted to showcase three unique themes using beautiful tile installations. Jeffery Bruce Baker Designs(JBB) took a Smart Modern Living approach, while The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carrydesigned a Luxe Cottage and designers Carson Guestcreated a contemporary villa, utilizing materials from generous sponsors Ceramics of Italy, Crossville USA, ESTIMA Ceramica, ARDEX, Laticrete, MAPEI, Schluter Systems, Wedi, QEP and Rubi Tools.

USG Corporation Unveils Advanced Water-Durable Cement Board

New proprietary edge performance reduces screw spinout and crumbling during installation, saves construction time and costs

USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, is unveiling the newest innovation of its trusted USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with the redesigned USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™.

USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ features wrapped edges which are formed smooth with a proprietary poly-propylene fabric and are square cut. The cement backerboard’s reinforced proprietary edge reduces screw spinout and crumbling during installation, and offers architects, builders and tile contractors an improved, water-durable tile base for use in tub and shower area construction.

“The reinforced edge on our new cement board helps reduce blowouts during fastening; protects from edge damage; and creates less dust during installation, making wet-area jobs easier and safer,” said Amy Klawitter, product manager, USG.

USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ exceeds ANSI A118.9 standards for cementitious backer units (CBU) and specifications for CBU and ANSI A109.11 for interior installation, making it an ideal choice for tile and flooring in baths, kitchens and laundry rooms or as an underlayment for tile on floors and countertops in new construction and remodeling.

USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ also exceeds ASTM C1325 standards for fiber-mat reinforced cementitious backer units and is also preferred by many applicators as a base for directly applied finishes, tile, stone and thin brick used in building exteriors.

Additionally, the five-eighths inch (15.9 mm) panels are Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Classified for fire resistance, and can be used in any UL Design where Type DCB panels are listed.

Benefits of USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ include:

  • Enhanced proprietary edge performance reduces screw spinout and crumbling
  • Easy to cut and fasten
  • Water-durable and mold-resistant
  • Warranted for interior and exterior applications
  • Exceptional tile bond
  • Noncombustible

USG Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ is available nationwide. For additional information about the product, please visit


Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, has announced its new honorees for the annual “Rock Stars” Emerging Leaders Program. Now in its fourth year, the program underscores Coverings’ mission of supporting the continued growth and success of the industry through meaningful connections. Honorees were recognized for their achievements within the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon on Tuesday, May 8 on the opening day of Coverings 2018.

“Coverings is thrilled to welcome this group of impressive industry professionals into the Rock Stars Program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “We look forward to continued success for this exceptional group of talent, and to witness the impactful contributions they will continue to offer the tile and stone industry.”

A committee of industry leaders reviewed an impressive field of candidate submissions shared by veteran colleagues to identify 12 outstanding inductees for the fourth class of Coverings Rock Stars. Representing a diverse array of industry professions, the 2018 honorees are:

  • Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects, Executive Director, Kitchen & Bath Division
  • David Benson, Architectural Ceramics, Principal & Vice President of Sales
  • Kelly Bowen, Ceramic Technics, Sales Consultant
  • Amber Clore, Clore Interiors, Principal & Owner
  • John Kilfoyle, United Marble Fabricators, Owner
  • Joe LaFauci, La Fauci Tile, Showroom Manager
  • Cari May, Coldspring, Marketing Manager
  • Jason McDaniel, StoneMan Construction, Owner & Regional Evaluator
  • Nakul Patel, MSI, Sales Representative
  • Cameron Proctor, David Allen Company, Inc., Senior Project Manager
  • Amy Oakley, Natural Stone Institute, Communications Manager
  • Triniti Vigil CTI, ACT, J&R Tile, Inc., Director of Evaluation and Training

This distinguished group will be recognized at Coverings by a special Rock Star ribbon on their badges. To learn more about Coverings, and the 2018 Rock Stars, please visit

The Tile Shop and Laura Ashley Partner to Launch Unique Splashback and Tile Collection

New Collection Is Exclusively Available at The Tile Shop in U.S.

The Tile Shop (NASDAQ:TTS), a specialty retailer of natural stone and man-made tiles, today announced it has partnered with Laura Ashley, the British lifestyle company and one of the world’s leading brands, to become the exclusive retailer for the Laura Ashley tile and splashback collection in the U.S. market.

Bringing modern English design to the kitchen, bathroom, mudroom, and more, the Laura Ashley line at The Tile Shop is the newest addition to the ever-expanding Laura Ashley fashion and home furnishings collections.

The oversized, tempered glass splashbacks, a very British term, are expertly designed to fit the space between stovetops and cabinetry in the kitchen as well as behind the sink. The splashbacks feature statement prints taken directly from the Laura Ashley archives in a variety of colors, which can be styled as a design centerpiece or made to blend with existing décor. Complementary ceramic floor and wall tiles in graphic Laura Ashley heritage prints offer a multitude of designs that bring the entire look together with ease.

Imported from Great Britain and manufactured by UK tile specialist British Ceramic Tile, the Laura Ashley tiles and splashbacks are now available for order at any of The Tile Shop’s 140 stores and online at

“We are thrilled to partner with Laura Ashley to offer this exclusive new collection, which introduces familiar floral patterns and muted tones synonymous with the Laura Ashley brand to customers who are seeking simplicity and elegance,” said Kevin McDaniel, vice president of merchandising, The Tile Shop.

McDaniel added, “The Tile Shop continuously looks to source new and innovative products and designs that meet our customers’ changing tastes and preferences. These are the only large-format glass accents of their kind available on the market today.”

“The Tile Shop shares our passion for quality, vision for success and has a trusted history of introducing designer lines to the U.S. market,” said Penne Cairoli, Laura Ashley USA president. “With our 65-year history, Laura Ashley has amazing design archives that are brought to life in a fresh and modern way with the new tile and splashback collection.”

The Laura Ashley line offered by The Tile Shop includes:

  • Splashbacks: Made of tempered glass to capture and reflect light and withstand high cooking temperatures, the splashbacks visually open up the space, are easy to install and can be wiped clean with a cloth. The splashbacks are available in a variety of colorways and prints including:
  • Statement Prints – the collection of timeless patterns takes inspiration from the Laura Ashley Archive and Home Collection, ideal for creating an elegant look that commands attention. Available in: Lisette, Mr Jones, Oriental Garden and Wicker.
  • Floor and Wall Tiles: From natural textures to striking prints, the Laura Ashley tile line offers a multitude of designs that bring the whole room together. The floor tile selection has been chosen to complement the splashback collection. Available styles include Wicker and Mr Jones.

For more information, please visit


The Installation Experience, booth 8401, allows Coverings 2018 attendees to experience firsthand numerous types of tile installations implemented by qualified, trained and certified tile installers. These interactive sessions will showcase today’s best practices relative to a multitude of different tile installations.

Live, interactive installations will be taking place in a fully functioning kitchen; a bathroom with heated tile floor, vintage fireplace upgrade and grand installation of a contemporary shower system. These state-of-the-art projects will involve glass tile, porcelain, gauged porcelain panels, natural stone and other cutting edge tile products and breakthrough technology installation systems.

Entering via a self-guided, designated pathway, attendees will journey through room-after-room of fully interactive installations with top representatives posted along the way to answer any and all questions.  They’ll have the opportunity to speak with industry experts regarding key processes, learning new strategies and experiencing hands-on demonstrations of the most modern of technologies.

Other highlights include “photographic retrospectives”… the Hall of Failures & the Hall of Excellence.  Here, attendees will see firsthand the difference between the right and wrong way to perform a tile installation, and in the Hall of Excellence installers who have mastered the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installation (ACT) courses will be available to discuss the program.

Don’t forget about the Construction Zone, where visitors can return throughout the week to experience the progression of the CTI Challenge. The CTI Challenge is an exciting, live event slated to take place between rival teams of NTCA members and qualified labor contractors. It has been designed and will be judged by CTEF Director, Scott Carothers. Clearly, this will be the tile industry’s “Fight of the Century!”

And, as part of the Installation Experience, all attendees will garner new insights on how to become a Certified Tile Installer (CTI). Advanced CTI officials will be onsite to define, discuss and demonstrate just what it takes to be a member of this elite tile contractor organization.

The first-time Installation Experience will come to a conclusion with “At Home, With Tile.” It will be the final installation area… complete with an expansive seating area and large TV screen offering viewers a time-lapsed progress video, highlighting the various construction stages of the various projects slated to take place.

Get Ready… The Ceramic Tile Installer Challenge is ON!

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, in partnership with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, has announced details on new interactive events taking place at Coverings 2018 in Atlanta.

One in particular, the “CTI Challenge,” is a live event designed by Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) director Scott Carothers, slated to take place between rival teams, both consisting of NTCA members and Certified Tile Installers. The Challenge will begin Tuesday, May 8th and conclude on Wednesday, May 9th. Upon completion, not only will attendees be able to view this excellent workmanship, but winners will be chosen, as well.

“This is a new event at Coverings,” stated Carothers. “In the past, CTI Certification testing was conducted on the show floor. This year, we opted to showcase the skills our CTIs possess and emphasize the importance of standards and methods. Our challengers will be judged on how well they stayed within installation guidelines, their practice of standards/methods and finally, the overall quality of their work.  Each team has the exact same project to create (wall and floor) and each will be segregated, unable to see what each other is doing. Neither team will know what they will be creating until Tuesday morning.”

The CTI Challenge Competitors, who have light-heartedly dubbed this event “East versus West”, are:

  • Jason McDaniel, Stoneman Construction LLC (Portland, OR) and Shon Parker, Hawthorne Tile (Portland, OR)
  • John Martin, Martin’s Custom Tile (Decatur, IL) and Greg Twarog, Surfaces 15 (Chicago, IL)

Shon Parker commented, “This is a great opportunity for us to build industry awareness… and, have fun while doing so. The CTI Program and this Challenge are all about education. Via my role as an inspector, I’ve learned there are more installation failures out there than there are tile failures.  It’s so important for installers to follow methods and standards.  Having a Certified Tile Installer perform the work ensures a properly installed tile project which in turn, creates a positive overall image for tile installations.”

His teammate, Jason McDaniel added, “This Challenge affords an opportunity to show others how things are done “by the book.” Frankly, most installers don’t even know there is “a book.”  Installers need to know these methods, work with the correct tools and understand the standards. Many do not know about the associations which are fighting for us and our industry. Over the years, I’d love to see this Challenge evolve and become an industry event which people greatly anticipate… aspiring to be reigning champions!”

Greg Twarog and John Martin of the opposing team were in complete agreement. Twarog stated, “Being a Certified Tile Installer gets you involved. You are investing in yourself and your company. With less labor entering this industry, it’s even more important that installations are being done correctly the first time… without failure.Everyone participating in the CTI Challenge has great skills. We will be showcasing these skills to all the attendees and will welcome questions and dialog. We want people to get excited again about tile… make it cool, make it fun and make it even more appealing to younger installers.”

“When Greg asked me to participate in the CTI challenge, I was excited!” stated Martin. “Any chance I get to challenge myself, I do it. Being a Certified Tile Installer means that I must continue to push myself to be the best I can be, practice the methods and know the standards.  I’m not only looking forward to the Challenge and showcasing our skills… but also, to meeting all the great people behind the scenes… especially those involved in the social media industry chat groups. It will be quite a learning experience. Not just for the CTIs, but for all the attendees as well.”

The Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is a comprehensive testing of the skills and knowledge of experienced tile installers, which includes a multiple-choice exam and a hands-on test. Both are based on current industry standards and best practices for producing a sound installation that exhibits good workmanship. The tests, therefore, require that both the observable and non-observable characteristics of a finished installation are executed properly.

“The CTI Program and this Challenge were created to give back to our industry,” concluded Bart Bettiga, NTCA’s executive director. “Developing the next generation of skilled installers and promoting quality craftsmanship remains the top priority of the NTCA and the CTEF. The energy and excitement driving this new event makes it the perfect workforce development initiative for recruiting new bodies to the profession, while motivating experienced installers to reach higher levels of performance.”

Elegant, Fine Profile Specifically for Glass Mosaic

The continued growth in popularity of glass mosaic tiles has created a need for new tile profiles made to complement the design elements of these installations.  Schluter®-FINEC is a finishing and edge protection profile for the external edges of delicate tile coverings and glass mosaics. The finishing leg of the profile protects the covering edges from mechanical damage, and features a very slim, elegant reveal. FINEC is ideal for protecting mitered edges, while creating a discreet trim for a minimalist design.

Its anchoring leg with a forward fold of 45 degrees effectively protects the edge of the covering from mechanical impacts.  The result is an elegant, slim corner formation.  High-quality material combines with minimalist design in stainless steel, anodized aluminum and textured matte color-coated aluminum.  A total of 12 different textured matte colors are available so there is a profile to suit every design and décor.

FINEC is available in six different heights from 3/32” (2.5 mm) to ½” (12.5 mm).



Federica Minozzi CEO of Stonepeak Ceramics, a subsidiary of the Italian holding group Iris Ceramica, is proud to announce the launch of the first production line in the United States dedicated to 120″x60″ large format panels, also known as ‘gauged’ panels.

The production plant, located in the hills of Tennessee, is the first and only American tile manufacturer to produce large format porcelain panels that are from 6 mm to 2 cm thick, in the United States.
The strategic choice to build a production line for large panels in the US results from the desire to mature as a global supplier and promptly meet the needs of this new, rapidly growing market segment. By offering large format porcelain panels made in the USA, Stonepeak is guaranteeing shorter delivery times, overall increased logistic efficiency and much greater product sustainability.

Click the image below and witness the moment the first slab exits Stonepeak’s new Crossville line

These beauties are the latest Tennessee born marvels

Statuarietto and Calacatta Oro, together with 6 more, amazing new colors, will be shown for the first time at


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