Where do you buy vitreous and/or ceramic tiles?

loribee2October 19, 2010

I thought there was a thread on this already, but when I looked, it seemed to be directed at stained glass.

I'm very disappointed because I thought I found the perfect website (Wholesalers USA) for mosaic tiles. They have a huge variety, really great prices, and even sell inexpensive sample boards. Problem is, they've screwed up my order twice!

Anyone have a website they love for buying tiles? I've seen Wits End recommended before, but they're really expensive. More than double the price I've seen on other sites. Mosaic Basics isn't bad. They've got a good selection at good prices, but I hate that when you add tiles to your "cart", they don't show you a sample of the actual tile. It's nice to be able to see what I've selected without having to copy and paste the images into a Word document or something.

I'd also love a site that gives some good information on their products, like what size and depth the tile is, how many tiles I'm getting, whether they're frost resistant. Some sites give you nothing.

And I guess my ultimate luxury would be someone who sells sample boards on their tiles, if that's not expecting too much! There's a trillion sites out there, but I've yet to find one that has EVERYTHING I'm looking for. Maybe I've just got my expectations too high or I haven't searched far enough?

Recommendations welcome!

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silvamae

We have bought lots from this company, Mosaic Mercantile. I don't know how their prices compare, but we had good service and like the product.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mosaic Mercantile

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 9:49PM
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loribee2

Thanks, Silvamae. That is one of the sites I've been looking at, though they're more expensive than some others.

Do you know what C3 means? I see it being referred to on different sites in ways that presume the viewer knows what it is.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 10:37PM
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texaswild

LORI: C3 refers to fusion/kiln work. I think the link below w/take you to a very reasonable supplier of the Vit tiles. I used to buy from them. They are not the good Italian Vit - therefore, they don't nip cleanly all the time, but if you don't do a lot of nipping these tiles, they suffice.
Vit tiles

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 9:40AM
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loribee2

Thanks for the lesson! It appears to be a thicker tile, too.

And thanks for the link! I ordered some samples from this company and hope it all works out. They seem to have everything I'm looking for as well as the best prices.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 10:36AM
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