I was at Ciot yesterday, and happened by some new marble look-alike porcelain tiles. I’ve been using real marble for years in my renovation projects. Natural marble is absolutely beautiful, but it can also be very expensive ($20/sf and up for something nice), very sensitive to cleaning products and can easily stain. And frankly the marble-like ceramics and porcelain have been a very poor knock off of the real thing…until now.
Here’s a brand new line that Ciot carries by Emil Ceramic, for around $7/sf. They come in 12 x 24″, 24 x 24″ as well as mosaics, both in matte and gloss finishes. If you look really, really close you can see a slight pixelation of the marble image. But it’s by far the best replica I’ve seen to date. I’m using this one in the next few weeks, in a condo renovation I’m doing for a friend of mine. I’ll update with some installation photos once they’re in.