In ancient Egypt, Assyria and Babylon, civilizations were making tiles from mud and clay as long as 6000 or 7000 years ago and since then, tiles have continued to be made in places as far away as India and China in the East and Greece, Rome and Tunisia in the West but in all those locations, they were only used as decoration in important buildings or the houses and villas of the rich. Around the start of the early 1900s though, that all changed and they started to be made from a variety of materials and be used for a wide variety of purposes, not just in the buildings of the rich but also in the homes of the masses.
Tiles became a regular sight as roofing on homes and for the lining of swimming pools or on patios and hotel lobbies. Although evidence would indicate that the ancients only made tiles from mud or clay, today they are made from a far wider range of materials including ceramics, metal, stone and glass as well as mud and clay. Limestone is one natural stone that is becoming increasingly popular for tiles to be made of and those, along with tiles made from travertine and marble are becoming popular for use in the UK. The limestone tiles london and also the travertine and marble tiles in London and the rest of the UK can easily be ordered and quickly delivered as some of the tile manufacturers have their own quarries allowing them to cater to the rowing need.
One of the beauties of tiles made from natural stone is that they are can be cut in a different number of ways but even if cut just in one way, each tile will have its own unique design, ensuring that no two places where they are used will be identical, they will each have their own sense of character and perhaps charm. Natural stone is of course very durable, lasting for hundreds of years and is also impervious to the weather.
Travertine, one type of limestone though, is somewhat porous and so if travertine tiles are to be used, they must be treated before placement. Marble is perhaps the most famous of stone to be used as tiles as the magnificent and famous Taj Mahal was made completely of marble and although durable and weather proof, marble tiles are prone to being stained and so if they are planning to be used in a kitchen, steps should be taken to avoid spills of alcohol, vinegar, coffee, tomato and butter products as these may stain the tiles.
With the growing popularity of natural stone tiles come different ways in which they can be used and some people, apart from using just one of them on patios, bathrooms and kitchens, are opting to use mainly one but then bordering those tiles with a mosaic made up from an assortment of different natural stone tiles, creating not just a unique design but also a very impressive one.