Inspiration

Grand Opening Celebration

After a year of planning, months of construction, and days of moving, it was time to celebrate. The Old Port Specialty Tile Team welcomed designers, architects, trades, customers and fellow team members to our new showroom in the Mason Block building at 62 India St. The evening was filled with laughs, stories, friendly faces and fantastic food.

 

We have so many people to thank for making all of this possible. A heartfelt thank you to all who helped make our dream a vision and all who turned out to support us on our special evening. Thank you to Bill Lee for story telling the event through his lenses. And a special thank you to our wonderful India Street Neighborhood! Micucci Grocery, Two Fat Cats, Foodworks, and Coffee By Design, your goods and beautiful displays, they were the perfect pairings for our event.

 

Now it’s your turn! Come in and experience our new expanded gallery style space for yourself.
You’ll find inspiration in the many beautiful products that surround you. This space was created by the joint efforts of our entire company.
In addition to the beautiful tile inspirations installed throughout the space by our talented installers, you will also see the stunning marble look epoxy floors created by Capozza Concrete Services, as well as some chic plaid style carpet in our workspaces from Capozza Tile & Floor Covering Center. We worked hard to create a beautiful environment that is collaborative, unique and inspirational for clients and staff members alike. We can’t wait for your visit and hope you will enjoy our new showroom as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.

 

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-The Team at Old Port Specialty Tile

HERE ARE SOME PICTURES FROM THE EVENT
simplifying tile selection akdo tile

Selecting the Perfect Tile

Let’s face it, as you search for the perfect material for your home projects the choices can be overwhelming, especially tile options. First you have to look at different types of material; natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, glass or metal. Then choose a color from endless tones and finishes and after that look through all the shapes that are available! The days of tiles being available in only squares are over! Ok decision overload!

AKDO, one of Old Port Specialty Tile’s exclusive lines, has given us a way to solve this overwhelming issue by creating series of tile that all work together! AKDO offers a large variety of beautiful natural stones, ceramics, porcelains and glass series that are interchangeable within their line. Their colors are consistent throughout each series of tile. They have blended their glass and stone series together to create stunning mosaics for their Eternity line. Essentials, a simple subway series color palette inspired Impressions, a brand new line that introduced textures, a huge and ever growing part of our industry.

Are you ready to see how simple the process can be? Set up an appointment with one of our sales team members today!

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AKDO Wall Straight On

tile from the titanic

Tile Inspiration From The Titanic

The Portland Science Center is hosting the Titanic Artifact Exhibit until the fall of 2016. A featured artifact recovered from the wreck in 1987, 75 years after the tragic sinking, are tiles from the 1st class bathrooms and swimming pool.

Tile tiles were manufactured by Villeroy & Boch, a company still in business today. The octagon with square dot pattern was produced from 1886 to the early 1920’s. The back stamp on each tile indicates that they were produced around 1910, perfect timing for a ship that was completed in May 1911. Because the tile was being used in wet areas the mosaic pattern on the surface was to provide slip resistance.  Similar to encaustic tile (concrete) they were approximately 1” thick, whereas modern day tile is 3/8”

Villeroy & Boch 7” Octagon 3” Dot white with blue outline Titanic tile

Villeroy & Boch 7” Octagon 3” Dot white with blue outline Titanic tile

A 1st class bathroom on Titanic

titanic-bathroom tile

The floor is slightly visible. Notice the number of sinks in the vanity. It was very rare to have a double sink, only the finest luxuries aboard Titanic.

bathroom claw foot tub titatnic

The luxury ship offered its 1st class passengers with tubs in their bathrooms. Notice the W.S.L. bathmat standing for “White Star Line”, the British shipping company who owned the famous RMS Titantic. The floor is very visible in this photograph and is just stunning.

Picture of Titanic’s full size pool.

tianic-swimming-pool

Same tiles used as in the bathrooms. The mosaic pattern to help with wet feet as the passengers enjoyed a dip.

A modern day rendering of Titantic II

A near perfect replica of the original White Star Line masterpiece, gives us the opportunity to see how the ship’s interior would have looked in color!

I’m dreaming of a white bathroom!

Clean, simplistic, elegant, bright, these are only a few ways you could describe a white bathroom. If you are considering a white design you will have plenty of options at Old Port Specialty Tile. READ MORE

Think Outside the Box

When you think of tile most envision square pieces in various colors and textures but nowadays tile is much more interesting! Think of any shape…go ahead I will wait…okay what did you come up with? Was it circular, rectangle, geometric, diamond, rhomboid, the list is endless!! Visit Old Port Specialty Tile to whip your space into shape!

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