Is It Wallpaper? Is It Wood? 15 Reasons to Look Twice at Tile

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The Romans, who introduced Mosaic tile in 400 BC, had a better understanding of tile's allure as a building material. This mosaic--believed to be from the bottom of a pool..or possibly the floor of a living room--shows a pitchfork-packing Poseidon with fellow water-related gods Tethys and Oceanus.

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