From the moment that we introduced it, our Marseille Collection has been one of our most celebrated and popular tile designs. We have seen this versatile pattern used in kitchen backsplashes, large and small, and also scaled up for large format flooring applications. It even won the coveted Platinum Award for Design Excellence (ADEX) for 2009.
The Marseille Collection was inspired by Jacobean embroidery, using highly stylized floral designs with flowing vines and leaves. This type of embroidery was popular during the reign of King James I of England, in fabrics used for elaborate tapestries, bed hangings, curtains and even stylish jackets worn by both men and women.
Ladies, can you imagine dressing yourselves in all those layers of embroidered, lace finery every morning? And Gentlemen - how many of you could rock that terrific gold, leafy shirt like this guy is doing? (Hawaiian shirts don't count.) He owns that look.
In the past few months, our designers have been working to create different color palettes for this design. We are going with rich, deep hues that really make a statement - Burgundy, Sage Green and Deep Brown. Earthy and warm, but with enough boldness to add a stunning focal point to any room.
The colors that you see here will become a bit more muted after these designs are printed on our stone tiles. The shading of the natural stone will show through in the areas that are white in these pictures. The warm color and natural texture of the stone will add so much to the unique beauty of these designs. You will never get quite the same result on a porcelain or ceramic tile. The natural stone gives this collection a warmth and a timeless feel that maintains the connection to its historic origins.