Subway tiles were first used in the early 1900s in New York City’s subway stations because of their stain-resistant, easy-to-clean low maintenance. While the subway tiles of today still enjoy these superior qualities, they’ve left their monochromatic white design behind to try out designs of all sorts, including different tile sizes, textures, and even dimensional elements. We love the alternating stripes of crisp color seen in this business’s subway tile, so stylish that transparent shelving is a must.