Nikea Sephia mixed pattern grey tile set 10x10cm by Yurtbay Seramik (Turkey).
A glazed porcelain tile with a matt frost-proof finish. The Nikea Sephia is a collection of 14 different digitally printed designs which reproduce Victorian grey floor tiles. Each box contains 50 tiles and is randomly mixed. Influenced by intricate hand-painted prints, it is a perfect floor tile for conservatories, kitchens and hallways in older homes but its grey neutral tones also make it suitable as a kitchen splashback or bathroom feature wall. Part of the Nikea range of patterned tiles.
Although produced using modern manufacturing methods, the Nikea Sephia is sometimes referred to as an encaustic tile. Before the advent of screen printing (and more recently digital printing) one technique of applying different colours to tiles was to use different coloured clays. The Victorians called these encaustic tiles which were originally known as inlaid tiles. It is common for patterned tiles to be conflated with encaustic tiles because they share many similar features including repeating print patterns and are often considered rustic.
Frost-proof tiles like this are an important consideration for rooms where the temperature may drop below zero such as utility rooms and conservatories. Tiles with a frost-proof glaze have a water absorption rate of less than 0.5% meaning they are ideal for such conditions. Tiles which are not frost-proof may absorb water which would freeze at zero and below, causing the tile to crack.
Yurtbay Seramik was founded by Zeki Yurtbay over 50 years ago as a brick and roof tile manufacturer before turning to ceramics in 1995. Yurtbay manufactures and distributes tiles under a single brand name and now exports tiles to over 50 countries.
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