Imported Tile

My son was very impressed with the beauty of some Moroccan tile in a specialty tile shop in San Francisco. The cost was $250 a square foot. So he did some research to see if there was a shop nearer Denver. Eventually after trying to contact a couple of US distributors with no response he tracked down a manufacturer in Tunisia. They responded immediately and sent a brochure and PDF catalog of styles and colors. There were so many to choose from! Drew designed a gorgeous steam shower with help matching tile styles from the company. The sq ft cost of the tile was less than a tenth of the cost in the specialty stores although shipping and import fees were extra costs. Tile however is not subject to additional tariffs.

Handmade sample tile a gift from Doremail
Handmade sample tile a gift from Doremail

The design consisted of three walls and the ceiling in the master bathroom steam room.

Rear wall
Rear wall
Side wall
Side wall
Plumbing wall
Plumbing wall

The Westgate remodelers made the design come to life

Tile design in steam/tub room
Tile design in steam/tub room
Tile design with shower head and niche
Tile design with shower head and niche
Blue tile on arched ceiling
Blue tile on arched ceiling

It was exciting watching the tile get installed. Picking up the tile had some interesting obstacles. It seems that imports worth more than $2000 require an import broker. There was a list of possible vendors on the import site but it took several tries and asking for referrals to find a company who did one off customs clearance. Then we hoped for a quick turnaround so that our storage fee from the receiver did not kick in. Luckily Gallagher imports came through for us and we paid them a little over $280 and the warehouse the $60 fee and retrieved the tile.

Tile loaded in the truck from the warehouse
Tile loaded in the truck from the warehouse

Then we had to take a while to inspect the tile looking for breakage. We didn’t open it all but what we did open looked ok.

White background tile
White background tile

This white tile ended up having some broken pieces and we ran a bit short but the tilers stretched cut off pieces to make it work.

Blue ceiling tile
Blue ceiling tile

Most of the smaller tiles and pattern tiles were intact.

Decorative tile selection in catalog
Decorative tile selection in catalog

I really enjoyed a hardback copy of all the types of tile selections shown in the pdf file. It’s a beautiful book.
The order included all the field tile pattern and trim tile for the kitchen backsplash too. It will look great when it’s installed. The kitchen pattern is actually inspired by Mexican tile patterns.

Patchwork Kitchen tile
Patchwork Kitchen tile

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