Tile flooring is a popular choice in many homes today. It may seem like a relatively modern invention, but did you know that this type of floor dates back thousands of years? Today, we’ll take a look at some of the ancient roots of tile flooring.
As evidenced by the iconic pyramids, Egyptians were skilled with using stone in construction. Ancient Egyptians would create earthen tiles and bake them in the sun or in kilns – some scholars believe they may have been the first to develop this method. The pyramids at Giza still have some of the original stone flooring, a testament to the longevity and strength of the material. The glazed tiles developed by the Egyptians spread through Persia and beyond, influencing many cultures after it.
Greeks and Romans
The Greeks created mosaic floors, using small stones to create patterns or art pieces. Eventually they moved towards more efficient larger tiles. Greek architects often used marble in construction, as its lighter shade made buildings seem brighter and more prestigious. The Romans invented a form of concrete mortar, allowing for more advanced construction projects.
Tile is closely connected to pottery. Just as China is well known for porcelain creations, they developed tiles using a similar method. Based on white clay, these ceramic tiles were also decorated with beautiful images. Similarly to the tiles of Egypt, these decorative tiles were also spread throughout the ancient world by Persian ceramicists and traders.
The development of tile was an important development for the world of architecture. Beyond affecting flooring, these stone crafting methods were instrumental in building larger and stronger buildings as well as striking art pieces. If you think tile has a place in the future of your home, give Floor Coverings International of Monmouth County a call today for a free in-home consultation!