More than 50 ceramic companies from the Spanish delegation showcased their latest collections and cutting-edge products at Coverings 2024, North America’s premier international tile and stone exhibition and conference. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from April 22 – 25, 2024, this year’s fair emphasized Spain’s position at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

During the exhibition, Tile of Spain manufacturers presented a captivating array of novelties, featuring new surface materials that embody advancements in technology, the integration of sustainable solutions, and state-of-the-art graphics. With each new offering meticulously designed to meet the needs of modern installers, architects, designers, and end-users.

Below is a highlight of key trends from Spain that underscore the macro-diversity of new and emerging ceramics:


Spanish manufacturers are adopting a new approach to ceramic design by honoring its origins as a hand-made material. Novel collections celebrate the craftsmanship and artisanal appeal of traditional tiles, as subtle variations of Earth-tones, natural textures and softer forms become protagonists among new pieces. The infusion of inspiration from various eras seamlessly blends motifs and styles from different decades, telling the story of evolving techniques that bridge human skill, artistry and modern production.


The biophilic movement has evolved beyond the superficial representation of organic matter, opting for a deeper exploration of the outside world. This thematic shift sees interior details drawing inspiration from the overarching essence of geographical terrains as opposed to the mere imitation of nature. Spanish companies have taken note, curating full-field ceramics and individual tiles with profound visual variance that depict cyclical environmental changes, playing on light, shadow, structure and movement. This holistic tactic aims to transform built settings into spaces that resonate with an unrelenting sense of calm and tranquility amidst modern life.


Diversity and versatility in architecture and design have never been more celebrated than they are today. The once-taboo practice of mixing colors, metals and materials within a room is now embraced with enthusiasm. As digital augmentation in the ceramic realm continues to advance, Spanish manufacturers delve deeper into the harmonious interplay of diverging motifs. The desire to incorporate multiple contrasting elements within a single piece of tile signifies a departure from traditional design norms, encouraging creativity and individuality. This stylistic method offers designers and homeowners a new palette to work with, enabling them to create dynamic and visually stimulating settings.


Achieving equilibrium between aesthetics and ergonomics in design is a delicate task, but the metamorphosis of ceramic slabs and larger formats, particularly from pioneering Spanish brands, is simplifying the process, while maintaining visual integrity. Porcelain tiles have become more than just a surface covering for walls and floors; they are a flexible element that can be applied across countertops, exterior facades, staircases, retail displays, water features and more. The inherent properties of these substantial tiles such as ease of maintenance, durability, resistance to stains, scratches and fire and its ability to withstand extreme changes in weather, enhance the functionality and quality of a space as well as the well-being of its occupants.


Like any facet of ceramic design, in-vogue colorways emerge and develop based on input from multiple industries. Be it fashion, art, cosmetics or food and beverage, there seems to be a unified understanding on color-theory and prevailing hues. With many institutions offering their own take on leading “it” colors, it’s clear that neutrals continue to reign with a slight spectrum shift towards warm flesh-tones. Ceramic manufacturers follow suit with new lines that utilize a range of nudes, symbolizing a deeper understanding of color psychology and its impact on mood and perception. By incorporating these hues into their products, Spanish tile makers are creating new ceramics that resonate with people on a visceral level, enhancing the overall sensory experience of a space.

Sustainability in the spotlight at Coverings 2024

This year, the Coverings ceramic tile and natural stone exhibition and conference held in April, in US, centered around four key tenets — Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Outdoor Spaces, and Timeless Luxury. The show opened on Earth Day, setting the stage for sustainability topics and activities to reign large

Text: Tiles of Spain