The showroom at Ed Pawlack Tile in Brea, east of Los Angeles. Note the painted mural depicting the chronological history of the company

From Solana Beach and Del Mar we headed north and east of Los Angeles to the city of Brea and the tile distributorship and showroom of Ed Pawlack. Ed Pawlack Tile Inc. is a strikingly expansive dealership taking up most of a city block. The company was formed by Ed’s father as a tile contracting business in 1938. Since that time it has grown and changed to the form it takes today as an important player in the distribution of tile and stone in Southern California as well as a fine showroom for colorful tiles from around the world and specialty art tiles from many recognized American tile artisans. We had a delightful visit with Ed, who engaged us with an endless number of tile stories gathered over a lifetime. The company has been a generous supporter of the Tile Heritage Foundation for many years and has recently come ‘on board’ as a THF Publishing Sponsor, joining a fine group of companies and organizations that form the backbone of support of the Foundation. For more information about Ed, his family, business and history, visit:, a most informative and enjoyable website.

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