Monet Flooring & Design uses Tierra Sol not only for its quality, current designs but also because the service and back up from their representative, Dare, has been exemplary!
The craftsmanship of all aspects in tile is multi generation in the family of Hardy Porter. Hardy started Tierra Sol in Calgary in 1979.
Following is an interesting story of how Hardy conceived Tierra Sol:
Hardy flew on a plane to Spain in the rain, drove a rental car and headed for the Castellon region around Valencia. Thinking outside the typical box of attending tile trade shows, Hardy hit the pavement like a man with a mission going directly to the factories and perusing the goods personally. His goal was to fill his warehouse with the best; he accomplished this with 5 containers, meaning tons of tiles.
As can happen during oceanic travels, a hurricane occurred whipping 2 containers into the deep blue sea, tiling the Atlantic floor. Once the ship landed in Montreal, two more broke. Of the five containers, one remained and made its lone journey across Canada to Calgary a distance over 2000 miles. Upon opening, the sound of shattered tiles tinkled onto the dock. Thankfully, the product was properly insured otherwise Tierra Sol would have remained a distant, now watery, dream.
Hardy then headed to Italy the following year plus many other countries thereafter. He delighted networking with the shrewd Italian tile business folks establishing the contacts he needed. Both Hardy’s passions for travel and running his own business have been fulfilled!