THANK YOU – YOUR FEEDBACK IS IMPORTANT

Annette Callari | floortalk.wfca.orgI have had the privilege of writing for the World Floor Covering Association for many years now (and hopefully for many more.) What an incredible organization. They are all about education—for floor covering specialists, for their skilled installers, and especially for YOU, the professional designer and the public. I am aware that professionals from a cross-section of specialties read Designer’s Corner and FloorTalk. With that in mind, my goal is to present relevant, timely topics in the months to come to help you make important flooring choices in sync with current design trends.

Some of the readers’ comments have fueled my excitement for doing what I do, and I wanted to share that. A recent column featuring important “must-haves” for aging in place elicited quite a few comments. One reader commented that they are downsizing to a new home for retirement, and this article opened their eyes as to exactly what they should be looking for, especially in flooring.

Floor covering is a big investment, and my features on porcelain, luxury vinyl planks, hardwood choices and carpet seem to earn numerous comments. That tells me that this information is helpful in guiding readers through the selection process. It’s the first step in leading you to the right choices for your home.

The fact that through this website you can find quality WFCA members—professional retailers who you can trust to continue the learning curve and help you find the right floor coverings, is invaluable. Be assured these retailers are among the best in the nation.

So to that purpose, I want to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the first-name readers who leave their comments for me. It is more than gratifying to know you are out there—and looking for more solid information to come your way in the future.

Best to all of you,

Annette

WORLD-CLASS TURKISH TILE

By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Global influences continue to flavor interior designs in the U.S. With that in mind, I wanted to share a new “find” with you. Headquartered in Turkey is a renowned manufacturer with over four decades of tile design and production. And yes, they do distribute here in the United States. Ege Seramik is seasoned in the production of porcelain and ceramic tile, with over 40% of their production actually exported to the US and Canada! The demand here for vivid colors and authentic styles is high, and Ege Seramik continues to contribute remarkable tiles to our hard surface market. Let’s take a look at just a few of their newer introductions.

ALTAVILLA –

Turkish Tile Showcased | floortalk.wfca.orgThis collection replicates the look of fine Carrara marble, but also offers coordinates you can use to contemporize it to your tastes. “Platinum Parigi” is a glittering metallic 1.2” x 24” liner that brings the right amount of glitz to your room design. Pair that with the “Dressy Relief” tiles, and you add dimensionality to the design as well. Ege Seramik’s marble-look ivory and white tiles, graced with a sparing touch of metallic, are destined to create a memorable interior (as seen here). For more information, please visit egeseramik-usa.com

URBAN –

Turkish Tile Showcased | floortalk.wfca.orgThis beautiful wall tile captured my attention and was an absolute must- mention in this article. Walking a more traditional line, Urban Maison New Beige can carry an entire wall or, if used as an accent tile, become a deserving focal point. This is a light-reflective tile that brings soft hues of gold and silver to the design.

NORDICWOOD -

World Class Turkish Tile | floortalk.wfca.orgA brand new introduction has just been announced, according to Terri Sparks, a representative from Communications International, who promotes Ege Seramik here in the U.S. According to her, Ege Seramik is excited to introduce NORDICWOOD, a glazed porcelain plank tile with the look of natural wood. This style has a Scandinavian influence and just happens to parallel the huge trend in design to replicate real hardwoods in different (durable) materials.

ANTIQUE –

This series gives the end-user mix and match capabilities that bring the best of Turkish design to your interior. Below is an excellent application of the various designs offered in “Antique”. In addition to the soft mocha hues featured here, Antique also offers a Kyebel Blue mix.

World Class Turkish Tile | floortalk.wfca.org

Needless to say, I have just touched the surface of what this incredible line of tile has to offer. Designers are always on the lookout for something fresh and artistic. This line certainly delivers. Explore more to see for yourself just what awaits you from Ege Seramik and their very artistic Turkish craftsmen.