Fireplace Tiles, Hearth Tiles and more
Fireplace Tiles are our specialism. With Ceramic and Porcelain Fireplace Tiles along with Hearth Tiles and Fire Bricks, Fire Backs and specialist adhesives, FireTile is the UK’s premier manufacturer and supplier. With many years of heritage in the tile industry, FireTile have the products and experience to make sure you have a successful tiling project.
Fireplace Tiles are some of our most popular products. These tiles are intended for use in display around fireplaces due to their exceptional resistance to heat and high quality finish. This makes them very appealing from a design perspective. Fireplace tiles are frequently sold in sets are used with cast iron combination fireplaces and cast iron fireplace inserts. The tiles are designed to be displayed in columns either side of the fireplace opening. At FireTile we manufacture and supply ceramic fireplace tiles and porcelain fireplace tiles which are designed to work with most types of standard tiled fireplace inserts.
Hearth Tiles are another one of our best selling product lines. These tiles are hard wearing, heat resistant and attractive. Quarry tiles are a popular traditional choice for use as a hearth tile but increasingly with the use of wood-burners and stoves, many home owners are opting to construct distinctive modern hearths using porcelain fireplace tiles.
History of the Fireplace
Over the centuries fireplace design has evolved slowly from one of simple practicality to one of visual interest. Period living room design in particular is incomplete without the inclusion of a classic Victorian tiled fireplace. Early fireplaces were a quite different affair and were more often fire pits than modern fireplaces. They were used for warmth on cold days and nights, as well as for cooking. They also served as a gathering place within the home. Today anyone with a real fire will tell you that this still bears true and the best time of the the day is when you gather round the fire as a family and spend some quality time together.
With industrial revolution and the explosion of housing that it led to, fireplaces became standardised. Interestingly, the most rwell known fireplace designers active at this time were the Adam Brothers. They developed a style of fireplace design that was used for generations. Their fireplace was small, more brightly lit, with placed particular an emphasis on the quality of the materials used in their construction, instead of their simply overall size.
By the Nineteenth Century most new fireplaces comprised of key two parts, the surround and the insert. The surround consisted of the mantelpiece and side supports, usually in wood, marble or granite. The insert was where the fire burned, and this was made of cast iron frequently backed with decorative fireplace tiles. This formulation of fireplace not only provided heat in the Victorian era and beyond, added elegance, focus and distinctive design to period living rooms.