Several tile flooring consumers have asked us about the history of porcelain and ceramic tiles. I recently wrote an article about ceramic tiles, but today I will expand on the history of porcelain tiles.
Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile made by firing clay and other materials in a kiln in
temperatures in excess of 2000°F. Porcelain is believed to have been produced solely by China until the 17th century. It is
said that the Eastern Han Dynasty in 100-200 CE was the first to successfully make what is known as porcelain. During the
Tang Dynasty period (618-906), China began exporting their porcelain tiles to the Islamic world where they quickly gained
popularity. Several attempts at copying China’s recipe for porcelain tiles led to the invention of several other variations
of ceramic tiles throughout the ages, none as highly prized as China’s porcelain tiles. Finally, in 1708 Europeans were able
to produce hard, white porcelain tiles that were comparable to the porcelain made in China and the secret was out.
Today, porcelain is renowned for its impervious quality meaning that it has a moisture absorption rate less than .5%.
Porcelain tiles are an excellent choice to install both indoors and outdoors and can even resist freeze/thaw conditions. In
addition, porcelain tiles create floors that are very stain resistant and easy to clean. There is a wide range of colors,
textures, and designs available, making for limitless options when installing porcelain tile flooring. To learn more about
the history of ceramic tiles in general, visit FindAnyFloor’s section on the history of tile.