Even in the rolling hills north of Mexico City, America has found Tequisquiapan. Last October I had the opportunity to visit this small town, central in the region of Huichapan. It's a beautiful place. The cobblestone streets are quiet in the afternoons while the bougainvilla drapes across street signs and wrought iron window surrounds. We're [...]

January 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Tequis

Middle Schooler’s Carving Out New Designs

Over the past 11 weeks, 30 eighth grade students have immersed themselves into the fundamentals of classical architecture. This program, New Heights, was initiated by the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The combined involvement of the ICAA, Michael G Imber Architects, Alamo Heights Junior High School teacher Casey Fallis, and Materials Marketing's own [...]

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Middle Schooler’s Carving Out New Designs

Autunno in Italia

Words & Images by Tim Roberts, VP   After 43 years in the tile and stone industry, my annual trip to Italy for two of the world's biggest industry conventions is necessary to keep pace with materials, new products, and the very latest in technology. The industry tends to "release" whatever is new there. For [...]

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Autunno in Italia


There's a moment, when you sit down to eat the lardo di colonnata, that history becomes very present. There might not be a better symbol that encapsulates Colonnata and the surrounding region of Carrara. Cured meat is nothing new in Italy, however this lardo is deserving of attention. Slaves from the Roman era to the anarchist quarry workers [...]

June 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Colonnata