BROOKLYN, NY -- The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics comprised of over 200 Italian ceramic tile manufacturers, have issued the official call for entries for the 2012 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition.

Now in its 19th year, the competition has recognized the outstanding work of North American architects and designers who have featured Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality projects.

For the 2012 Tile Competition, North American architects and interior designers are invited to submit domestic and international -- new or renovated -- projects completed between January 2007 and January 2012. Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy Press Conference during Coverings, which will be held in Orlando, FL, from April 17 to 20, 2012.

Applications and guidelines are available on the competition’s website: www.tilecompetition.com. Deadline for entries: February 17, 2012.