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Cersaie 2012: All About Wood, Concrete and Natural Stone!
Cersaie, the ceramic industry’s largest trade show, is held annually in September in Bologna, Italy.

With nearly 1 000 exhibitors and 83 000 visitors, the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of ceramic tile and bathroom supplies, the exhibition is an opportunity to witness the latest trends in design and decorating.

Wood, Wood, and More Wood!

Rustic or contemporary styles, small or large sizes, square or rectangular shapes, light or dark colors, subtle patterns or intense graphics, Cersaie offers a variety of tiles inspired by wood. These products, which almost perfectly mimic the genuine material, also offer advantages in terms of maintenance and durability.

Cement is Making its Way into Homes

Many manufacturers at the show offer a wide variety of tiles inspired by cement in all its forms. Ideal in both rustic and contemporary designs, they offer advantages over the original product, particularly in terms of softness and ease of maintenance.

Natural Stone Imitations are Coming Back Strong

Presented in various forms in recent years, natural stone imitations are, again, very much present at Cersaie. Marble, Rapolano stone, travertine - all materials are represented. Offered in a variety of finishes, they are ideal for more classic decors, and they too offer certain advantages compared to natural stone, since they require minimal maintenance.

Vibrant Colors, Fragmented Shapes, and Floral Patterns Galore

Even if tone-on-tone and pastel colors are still in vogue, more vibrant colors can be seen, usually in the form of decorative accents or listellos. The new colors are saturated, and there is also an interesting mix of materials and finishes. The return to the 60’s is also easy to see, with floral and geometric designs found on many decorative pieces, with tones and colors of that time.

Tiles with Structure

Finally, structured tiles are making another comeback this year. Thus, we were able to see tiles with varying structure: square patterns, natural relief, curves, etc.  There is really no limit to the imagination of ceramic tile designers!

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