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Copy Cats

Tile manufacturers are playing with our minds—and we’re loving it. Materials as varied in their original states as sisal, leather, wood, and fabric are being mimicked to perfection in ceramic and stone. These examples had us looking twice.


 

1 LOOKS LIKE: WOOD
Bellarita marble tile, 8-inch square, available honed (shown here) and polished, $36 per square foot, at Ann Sacks, Merchandise Mart, 312-923-0919; annsacks.com

2 LOOKS LIKE: BAMBOO
Bamboo Marron ceramic tile, about 13 by 20 inches, $5 per square foot, at The Tile Shop (tileshop.com for locations)

3 LOOKS LIKE: BEADBOARD
Handmade ceramic tile, 6 by 12 inches, available in five colors, $7.50 per tile, at The Tile Gallery, 225 W. Ohio St., 312-467-9590; tilegallerychicago.com

4 LOOKS LIKE: LINEN
Melange porcelain tile, 24-inch square, available in Panama (sample shown here), Abysse, Blanc Noir, and Praline, $14 per square foot, at Artistic Tile

5 LOOKS LIKE: SISAL
Sisal porcelain tile, 12 by 24 inches, available in Cocos Beige (sample shown here), Cocos Tortora, and Cocos Café, $12 per square foot, at Artistic Tile, Merchandise Mart, 312-670-0612; artistictile.com

6 LOOKS LIKE: PRESSED TIN
Etched Tin Ceiling gold-leafed antique Jerusalem limestone,
6-inch square, available in gold, silver, and copper, $35 per tile, at The Tile Gallery

 

Photography: Leonard Gertz

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