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Ceramique Internationale

About Ceramique Internationale

Back to where we began…Ibmatile Ltd was founded in May 1974, originally as a tile fixing firm. The founder, Robert Ibbitson, quickly decided supplying the tiles and mosaics would be a better direction to follow and the name was changed to Ceramique Internationale Ltd as the first two major factories we imported from were both based in France. 

Cameron Fraser joined the company in May 1982 and worked in all areas of the company from the warehouse to managerial roles gaining an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of importing, retailing & distribution.

A management buyout was agreed in 1992.

His long-term school friend, Peter Vann, joined him in 1994, having worked at Spring Ram Group since leaving school, they have run the company as equal partners ever since.The core principles of the business are reliability, knowledge, value.All tiles are sourced from Europe’s best manufacturers ensuring quality products with short lead times.

The knowledge gained from years of trading in the specification, distribution, and retail sectors of the industry, result in a fully trained team of specialists who look after all clients in all those sectors.

Leeds Tile Showroom

The showroom in Leeds has fully fixed and grouted displays and has supplied clients from all over the UK since it opened at this location back in 1980. Our recently rebranded and relaunched online website caters for the increasing number of retail clients who want to buy online. Special offers are available via the eBay site. If you are an architect, designer, house builder, developer, retailer, builders merchant, bathroom shop, kitchen showroom, private client, or online buyer, Ceramique Internationale Ltd have access to many ranges and all the knowledge to advise on selection for any type of project be it commercial or private. We look forward to looking after you .

tile showrooms in leeds

This department is ready to help you if you are an Architect, Designer House Builder or Property Developer… Tell Us What You Want™ and our experienced team will assist you from initial product selection all the way through to completion of your project.


If you are a Tile Retailer, Bathroom Centre, Kitchen Centre or Conservatory supplier our fully trained sales team will service you with samples, display boards and room sets. All your orders are expedited by our in house sales team whose job it is to look after you and your orders.

Sales is a 4500 square foot showroom that has recently been refurbished full of displays designed to give you ideas, give you options and give you choice for any area you are considering to tile in your home or business. Whether you buy in store or online, we can offer an extensive range of quality tiles at competitive rates.


Over 100,000 square meters of tiles in stock at any time backed by weekly collections from Europe’s best factories gives you the benefit of immediate collection/delivery, and guarantees you continuity of supply – so just in case you need that 1 extra box, it’s never a problem!

Tile Importers

To ensure that you get the very best quality our experts search the globe for the very best in tiles. We deal directly with the factories who make the tiles, not a middle-man, so you get the best price.

Long standing relationships with industry-leading European factories means you can be certain of seeing the latest fashion trends in tiles first.

Here are the markets we operate in…