If you’re seeking to infuse your home design with a touch of timeless elegance and modern practicality, Thorntree Slate is your go-to destination. Established in Houston in 1980 by the Rae family, who hails from South Africa, Thorntree has become a premier provider of top-tier porcelain, natural stone, and glass products. Their ethos? Catering to the exotic, the unusual, and the practical—a perfect match for the Texan spirit.

From Humble Beginnings to Global Excellence

Thorntree Slate’s journey started humbly in a small office with three visionary individuals—Stuart Rae, Clive Rae, and Berry Rae. They began by supplying slate roofing to forward-thinking custom home builders. Their pivot to natural slate flooring showcased their entrepreneurial spirit, leading to exponential growth. Today, Thorntree houses over a million square feet of premium materials at its headquarters in Jersey Village, importing from eight countries globally and serving clients across three locations, including its showroom at The Houston Design Center within The Houston Design District.


Commitment to Excellence & Customer Service

What sets Thorntree apart is its unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Stuart Rae emphasizes their personalized approach, ensuring every customer receives exceptional care, whether they seek a few tiles for repairs or embark on a full-house design journey. Thorntree’s knowledgeable staff and warm hospitality make every interaction memorable and rewarding.

Trends in Home Design: Spring Edition

As spring ushers in a wave of home renovations, Thorntree Slate notes key trends in home design. Outdoor spaces witness a surge in demand for durable and aesthetically pleasing porcelain pavers, perfect for family gatherings. Bathrooms embrace large porcelain panels like Nature Mood for a dramatic yet functional appeal. For countertops, natural stones like Portuguese marble and Brazilian Slate remain timeless choices, elevating kitchen

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The Rise of Made in USA Porcelain

Thorntree observes a growing preference for domestically produced porcelain tiles. Their Made in Tennessee porcelain line, designed by Italian experts and tailored for everyday use, offers a seamless blend of style and functionality. Whether it’s slabs, tiles, pavers, or mosaics, American-made porcelain tiles from Thorntree cater to diverse design needs with unmatched quality.

Embrace Timeless Elegance with Thorntree Slate

In essence, Thorntree Slate is more than a purveyor of premium materials—it’s a curator of exquisite living spaces. With a blend of tradition, innovation, and impeccable service, Thorntree continues to redefine home design standards. Experience the Thorntree difference and transform your spaces into timeless havens of beauty and functionality.

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