Porcelanosa sells elegant European-designed faucets, tile, and cabinetry such as the Basico vanity.
Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
3328 M St., NW; 202-339-0840
This Oregon-based tile company was the first in its field to market metal tiles, and it has since added bath furnishings and a plumbing collection. A more wallet-friendly AS Basics line costs $12 a square foot.
Rockville, 301-762-4140; Bethesda, 301-718-8343; Alexandria, 703-299-6200; Falls Church, 703-714-0161
A top choice among designers and architects, this company sells its own tile line, Cadence. Each showroom has more than 25,000 samples of glass, porcelain, and eco-friendly tiles.
1800 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-548-4848
This 42-year-old firm offers a large selection of laminates, ceramic tiles, and sheet vinyl along with various types of wood flooring.
Bartley Tile Concepts
6931 Arlington Rd., Suite C-2, Bethesda; 301-913-9113
This business is known for its popular Donna Marie Collection of hand-painted ceramic tiles. The showroom also features mosaic stone and glass, natural stone, and porcelain tiles.
11601 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-984-3399; 8196 Terminal Rd., Lorton, 703-550-2352
The 55-year-old family-owned company is one of the largest tile importers on the East Coast. It specializes in natural, modern, and classic styles and offers ceramic, porcelain, metal, glass, and recycled materials.
3320 M St., NW; 202-337-7700
The Georgetown showroom for this worldwide chain sells high-end Italian bath products. The staff includes an architect and an interior designer who offer consultations to customers looking to renovate bathrooms.
The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques
2311 18th St., NW; 202-332-3370
This showroom stocks antique and salvaged bathroom lighting and hardware dating from 1870 to 1940; items may range from a brass 1910 toilet-tank pull to porcelain toothbrush holders.
Classic Floor Designs
2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860
The 5,000-square-foot showroom carries lots of materials for flooring, including stone, woven vinyl, linoleum, hardwood, and recycled leather. It also offers an eco-friendly wood line and bamboo as well as installation. Classic Floor has done work for the US Capitol, the Oval Office, and various embassies.
4510 Metropolitan Ct., Frederick; 301-874-1001
Kelly Carr's 15-year-old business uses eco-friendly concrete to create custom-made vanities, tiles, shower benches, and sinks. Every material that artisans use in the shop comes from within a 500-mile radius.
8951 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring, 301-589-5321; 7950 Woodruff Ct., Springfield, 703-579-6641
Fabricates and installs granite, quartz, Silestone, and solid-surface bathroom vanities.
Davida's Kitchen & Tiles
435-A&B E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg; 240-361-9331
This showroom features more than 1,000 types of tiles, from limestone and marble to pebbled and leather. Other products include granite countertops, Wood-Mode and Brookhaven cabinetry, and plumbing and electrical fixtures. Owner Davida Rodriguez offers more than 24 years of bathroom-design experience.
8455-B Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-734-8211
This showroom is arranged by color and composition for easy browsing. A staff of interior designers is on hand to help customers choose from ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, and metal tiles.
multiple area locations
This nationwide wholesale distributor has six local showrooms where customers can browse through hundreds of decorative bath products for plumbing, lighting, and fixtures. Consultations on design, building, and budget planning are offered.
5650 General Washington Dr., Alexandria; 703-663-1190
This showroom features tiles from all over the world including Turkey, Mexico, and China. About half of the products are Italian; the store's glass-mosaic and eco-friendly lines are popular. It also sells bathroom vanities.
204-G Mill St., NE, Vienna; 703-255-5571
This 3,000-square-foot showroom, which is more than 40 years old, has a wide selection of tile, including glass, recycled, and hand-painted. Also offers installation services for ceramic, stone, and marble and has its own cabinet line.
2737 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-204-1818
This natural-stone distribution center sells granite, slate, limestone, marble, travertine, ceramic, and porcelain tiles in various surface finishes including polished, honed, flamed, thermal, and antique.
2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595
The 10,000-square-foot showroom of one of the area's oldest natural-stone importers, fabricators, and installers features granite, travertine, serpentine, sandstone, limestone, and more. Specializes in custom stonework for counters, floors, shower walls, and seats.
1125 Okie St., NE; 202-635-4292
This 22-year-old business carries such natural stones as granite, marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, and soapstone. White diamond-fused glass is popular, as are recycled glass and local quarry stone.
Mosaic Tile Company
Fairfax, 703-280-4300; Chantilly, 703-631-4848; Rockville, 301-881-2520; Lorton, 703-495-8453
One of the largest distributors in the Mid-Atlantic, this company offers tiles from countries ranging from Italy to Brazil to Mexico. Highly recommended by local designers, Mosaic Tile has traditional, contemporary, and rustic styles in ceramic, porcelain, stone, glass, metal, wood-look, and mosaic. Its Inventory Clearance Center in Fredericksburg sells tiles for as low as $1.
Noland Company Bath & Idea Center
4972 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-881-4225; 157-A Hillwood Ave., Falls Church, 703-241-2371
The showrooms feature American Standard tubs and toilets as well as sinks, shower doors, and plumbing.
725 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-294-8193
This family-owned firm's 8,000-square-foot showroom sells European custom-designed vanities, showers, faucets, toilets, tile, and accessories. Its own brand, Noken, is featured. Popular items include LED-lit showerheads and faucets that change color depending on water temperature. Porcelanosa is moving to North Bethesda in the fall.
R. Bratti Associates
403 E. Glebe Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-1135
This fourth-generation stone-contracting company offers installations for vanities and stone-slab showers. R. Bratti has done work at the Kennedy Center and the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks.
Renaissance Tile & Bath
816 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-549-7806
Customers can browse through the showroom for high-end tiles, including the natural Bali collection, inspired by the colors of the landscape. The O'Neil Ruppel Design line is exclusively sold here.
Georgetown, 202-625-2771; Alexandria, 703-299-6220; Tysons Corner Center, 703-821-9655; Columbia, 410-772-8070
This national chain offers good-quality bath fixtures, hardware, lighting, and furniture. Styles range from classic to contemporary.
1400 16th St., NW, Suite 330; 202-265-5900
This stone-and-tile company offers ceramic tile and natural stone in its 2,500-square-foot showroom. Accent glass, porcelain, and wood flooring are also available.
Thos. Somerville Co.
Full showrooms: 6535 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, 703-584-1500; 2349 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis, 410-266-1122; and 99 N. Langley Rd., Glen Burnie, 410-760-2801
The family-owned business has been around more than 140 years. Showrooms feature faucets, showerheads, and whirlpools. Other plumbing products are also available.
The Tile Shop
Springfield, 703-971-0169; Sterling, 703-444-3902; Rockville, 301-610-5070; Columbia, 443-319-8000
The Minnesota-based chain offers do-it-yourself seminars both in-store and online--from how to tile a floor to bathtub installation. Stores have everything from floor and wall tile to kits for heated floors. A Manassas location is slated to open in August.
7800 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-7810
This third-generation family firm is a favorite among local designers for its contemporary lines such as Dornbracht, Gessi, and Axor. It sells everything for bathrooms, including sinks, faucets, shower systems, toilets, vanities, medicine cabinets, and lighting.
Washington Marble & Granite Co.
10088 Tyler Ct., Ijamsville; 301-831-1323
Family-owned for 53 years, this firm custom-fabricates and installs marble, onyx, limestone, travertine, slate, and more for countertops and bath vanities.
3314 M St., NW; 202-333-7180
This national retailer sells contemporary, high-end bath products including faucets, bidets, sinks, and bath furniture. It also offers accessories including bath linens and loungewear.
W.T. Weaver & Sons
1208 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4200
This fourth-generation business is one of the area's oldest hardware firms and has done work in the White House and Ford's Theatre. Products range from hardware and plumbing to fixtures and water purifiers.
This article appears in the May 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.