Retail space with clothes on hangers and walls and floor clad in beige ceramic tile.
Courtesy of Ceramiche Coem

9 Highlights from Italy’s Tile Trade Show

Biophilic patterns and natural hues upstaged edgier patterns at this year’s Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings in Bologna, Italy.

Every fall Bologna, Italy, becomes the center of the ceramic tile universe. It is here that Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, happens. It is here that tile manufacturers unveil the drip that architects, designers, and consumers will soon see in showrooms and specify for the foreseeable future.

The 39th edition of Cersaie ran from September 26th through the 30th, and manufacturers were eager to shrug off the gloom of a persistent pandemic, inflation, and rising energy prices. Therefore, as in pre-pandemic times, manufacturers brought the swag.

“Companies are improving patterns and colors and creating stone patterns that do not exist in nature.”

Cristina Faedi, Ceramics of Italy spokesperson

Regular attendees to the annual show were treated to the standard product updates from tile manufacturers: large-format tiles, innovative textures, and specialty glazes. Popular for years, these trends appear to be evolving, not going away.

Nature-inspired tiles were ubiquitous this year, showcasing wallpaper-like floral prints, but also leaves, grass, and other biophilic patterns that allow designers to bring some benefits of the natural world indoors. Some tile makers — Cotto d’Este, ABK, and Gigacer — also used color to channel nature, and booth after booth offered earth-tones from warm reds to burgundies, violets, terracottas, ochres and greens. It was also clear that a Scandinavian influence is still strong; this was evident in the many taupe-y hues being released. They seemed lightly tinged with daylight or bleached by the sun.

Those familiar with the virtues of porcelain tiles, know that one of its strengths is the ability to mimic other materials, with the help of digital printing technology that underpins this trend. The result of that technology this year is a string of new tiles that are dead-ringers for cement, stone and as in years past all manner of wood.

Almost every manufacturer showed new and improved wood-look tiles so convincing that only touch reveals they’re not the real version. The faux planks ranged from stained or raw wood to sun-bleached barn siding and exotic species typically found in boat building.

The dominant trend, though, was a hyper-realistic imitation of natural stone, including exact replicas for slate, sandstone, onyx, marble, soapstone, and travertine. Manufacturers have perfected the depth, patterns, and movement of real stones and even managed to develop some new stone options.

“Ceramic stone is back,” according to a trend briefing at the show by Cristina Faedi, manager of promotional activities at Ceramics of Italy. “Companies are improving patterns and colors and creating stone patterns that do not exist in nature.”

This year’s show was also notable for what was absent compared with previous years: Unlike in the past, few manufacturers, such as Ceramica Bardelli, showcased deeply textured tiles with three-dimensional surfaces. Instead, subtler looks and restrained textures ruled. The following samples provide a quick overview.

Ceramic floor with shoes and small round ottoman.
Feel Courtesy of Ceramiche Refin


Feel is a new line that reinterprets familiar material like concrete, including the unexpected texture of the material. It offers a slightly mottled appearance that looks like it’s been troweled as well as the depth of stone aggregates. It comes in five color variants, five sizes, and three finishes. Ceramiche Refin,

Bedroom with green glass table, hanging clothes and walls and floor covered in greenish porcelain tile.
Pura Courtesy of Cotto D’este


Inspired by natural limestone, Pura is a new collection that offers the background texture, movement, and shading of the real thing. The series includes 14mm thick stoneware, 20mm outdoor pavers, and Kerlite large, ultra-thin slabs. It comes in four shades: Ivory, Sand; Pearl, and Grey. Cotto D’este,

Overhead view of a beige floor made of large format ceramic tile with small table holding a lamp.
Courtesy Atlas Concorde


Marvel Travertine is a new porcelain tile collection with a travertine marble effect. The brand says the line interprets natural materials in a contemporary way. The line comes in interior and exterior tiles in six colors. Sizes range from 23⅝ by 23⅝ up to 47¼ by 109½. Atlas Concorde,

Living room with marble-patterend walls and floor and two small round tables, chairs and a black floor lamp.
Courtesy Lea Ceramiche


This line of large 6 mm Slimtech slabs draws inspiration from marble and stone, and addresses the latest interior design trend toward a contemporary reinterpretation of natural materials. Offered in slabs measuring 120×120 and 120×278 centimeters, the line comes in five colors and three surfaces. Lea Ceramiche,

Blue wall with artwork and blue radiator in background and a potted houseplant in the foreground.
Courtesy Ceramica Sant’Agostino


Ceramica Sant’ Agostino’s new INSIDEART COLOR is a collection of ceramic tiles that offer subtle hues with a hint of three-dimensionality and colored-resin effect. Ideal for metropolitan and minimalist architecture, it comes in five soft colors. Four sizes are available. Ceramica Sant’ Agostino,

White-topped console in mounted to wall covered in green floral print ceramic tile.
Courtesy Ceramica Sant’Agostino


Breaking hard for the nature-inspired trend, the Sunwood Jardin porcelain collection offers six decorative options that are reminiscent of lush, flourishing nature. It comes in three different graphics in two colors, special pieces, and six colors. Ceramica Sant’ Agostino,

Silver spoon holding turmeric powder resting on white ceramic tile surface.
Courtesy ABKStone


This new collection of large-size slabs offers improved realism of its marble-effect ceramic surfaces. Using digitally controlled mixing of different colored raw materials prior to pressing allows for the production of through-vein slabs. ABKStone,

Yellow table holding pears in a bowl and a blue chair with silver pendant light in front of mustard yellow ceramic tile-clad wall.
Courtesy Naxos


This line of porcelain stoneware includes a cement effect and a variety of muted solid colors for contemporary interiors. Measuring 7 millimeters thick, the collection comes in slabs, mosaics and field tiles in 12 colors. Naxos,

Taupe-colored bathroom with a black wall sconce, mirrors on walls and a round tub in front of a window wall across from two square vanities.
Courtesy Ceramiche Coem


An updated interpretation of natural stone, SASSIEPIETRE comes in a new and unusual finish that offers dynamic light effects. The collection includes looks that evoke the look of  limestone with added depth. It comes in five colors and five sizes. Ceramiche Coem,

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