Tables of mosaic tile work were instantly in demnad after World War II because they are both handsome and liquorproof. But they were mostly imported from Italy and were expensive, running into hundreds of dollars. By the mid 1950s, Puerto Rico began exporting inexpensive ceramic tiles to the U.S., and one New York shop, the Palazzo Trading Company, has assembled a kit out of which a complete mosaic table can be made by the amateur. The kit contains a round or rectangular slab of plywood, enough tiles to cover it and the tools and cement to make it. The cost is $44.50. The tiles come in 20 colors and can be arranged in many patterns, some of which are shown above in tables all made from the kit. 


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