Why Is Subway Tile Called Subway Tile?
The first application of the glazed ceramic 3 x 6 white tile was in the subway stations beneath New York City in 1904. Their popularity quickly spread into businesses and homes in the years that followed.
What Size Are Subway Tiles?
Traditionally, subway tile is 3 x 6 inches. However, sizes for subway tile have expanded to include many other sizes. The general rule is any wall tile with a 1 to 2 size can be styled as a subway tile: 2 x 4, 4 x 8, 6 x 12. Sometimes tiles that are not 1:2 but still have a smaller rectangular shape are considered subway tile as well, like a 4 x 10.