Reign In Spain

Enter to win a free trip to Spain! 

Tile of Spain (the Spanish Tile Association) is looking for FOUR architects and/or interior designers to participate in a FREE architectural junket from February 4-12, 2011.

The trip includes exploring local culture, sampling Spain’s famous culinary arts, seeing architecturally significant sites and attending Cevisama, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishings Show in Valencia.

This contest is open to architects and interior designers.  Entries can be submitted starting November 1 at  The deadline for entry is December 1, 2010.  Winners will be notified by December 10, 2010.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, visit, or contact your local United Tile representative.  BUENA SUERTE!!

The Code of Hammurabi

On a recent trip to Paris, I visited the Louvre to see (among other works of art) their famous carving of The Code Of Hammurabi, a well-preserved ancient Babylonian law code dating back to 1792 BC.  It was enacted by King Hammurabi, who ruled Babylon from 1796 to 1750 BC.

Today, partial copies exist on various clay tablets.  The Louvre has the only nearly complete copy of the Code, on a diorite stele, in the shape of a huge (7.4 feet) index finger.  It is inscribed in the Akkadian language of the common people, using cuneiform script carved into the stele.

The Code consists of 282 laws, covering a wide range of activities.  Punishments were scaled, adjusting “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” depending on the nature of the offense and the status of the individuals involved.  You may find the part of the Code dealing with construction particularly interesting:

“If a builder builds a house for a man and does not make its construction firm and the house collapses and causes the death of the owner of the house – that builder shall be put to death.  If it causes the death of a son of the owners – they shall put to death a son of the builder.  If it causes the death of a slave of the owner – he shall give to the owner a slave of equal value.  If it destroys property – he shall restore whatever it destroyed and because he did not make the house firm he shall rebuild the house which collapsed at his own expense.  If a builder builds a house and does not make its construction meet the requirements and a wall falls in – that builder shall strengthen the wall at his own expense.”

The laws may have discouraged early aspiring contractors from entering the business!

– contributed by Ken Wiedemann, President of United Tile

Sonoma updates

Sonoma’s VIHARA GLASS line has bene hugely popular since they introduced it 2 years ago.  We are thrilled to announce that they have expanded their offering by introducing a fantastic new size:  1 x 4.  This size is available in all the same colors as the 1/2 x 1/2 and the 1/2 x 1-1/4 (8 silk and 12 iridescent colors).  In our opinion, the colors look even better in this new size!

In other Sonoma news, they have added all sizes and layouts to their internet blend simulator for their custom MOSUPREMA BLENDS.  This includes off-sets, herringbone, bricks, and even arches.  This addition to their wonderful tool will make it even easier for customers to visualize their one-of-a-kind blends.  Check it out at:

Wedding bells

The United Tile Renton showroom ladies celebrated the wedding of our own Dana Early at her August 21st reception.  Pictured in the photo (from left to right): Gloria Melchoir from Rich Design Group LLC, Dana Early (bride), Damithia Nieves (bridesmaid), and Kate Jessup.

Congratulations to Dana and her husband Dan!!

Wedi Shower Systems

United Tile has just completed certification classes and product demonstrations in our locations in Portland, Renton and Everett for the Wedi Shower Systems.  Over 85 participants attended the seminars, including installers, dealers, contractors and designers.  The Wedi shower demonstration included the recommended steps for installing a complete shower system.

Wedi is a water and mold proof system.  It saves labor and reduces the time for shower installations, is fully customizable, and is ideal for most all remodel shower applications.

United Tile is now stocking the Wedi product line in Portland, Renton & Everett.  Contact your United Tile representative for more information on how Wedi may be perfect for your next project!