so this friday, on the perch of the future, clé is committing to the bigger question with our promise of smaller ongoing actions that we trust when woven together will make for bigger results. today, we commit to trying our best to support the greater whole. we commit to not turning away from the harder questions. we commit to sharing ourselves and our resources with those in need. we commit to using our talents to better the world around us. we commit to being better people. we commit to acting out of love and not hate.
They went to France to learn the technique then came back and set up shop in Grenada, starting a factory that makes the eco-friendly, sensational cement tiles. "Not only are these handmade cement tiles strong, durable and scratch and stain resistant, they have a vintage beauty that can be very versatile," says Marcos. "The tiles’ bold patterns and dynamic colors can look just as beautiful in a historic mansion as in a new loft."

The term encaustic means “to heat or burn in” from an ancient Greek word. Encaustic materials are produced through a process which involves heating to seal in the dyes and clays. Traditional encaustic tiles are made using clay and powdered glazes, and are fired in a coal or wood-fired kiln. The firing process heats the clay and powdered colors to seal in the design and create a hard surface. These types of tiles are technically called ceramic tiles, but many sources and even tile manufacturers have interchangeably referred to them as both ceramic and cement tiles.
This MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in White/Gold transform spaces into works of art. Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring. Concrete tile patterns add too many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial...
I can only say please if you're looking for the most beautiful tiles that take you back to the most beautiful tales of the orient or want to combine class and trend go to no other than Zellij Gallery. Their selection is unbelievably large. Tiles are a dream, each and every slack is truly a piece of art. I came here today to upgrade my sink in my guest bathroom and I am leaving with wanting to redo my outside patio and pool area into a marrocan themed dream with alternating colors of deep blue green and white. I am very impressed by the customer care I received and couldn't help myself and leave this review . The owner was very patient with me and listened to my exact vision and wishes. Thank you so much for working with me as well as on the price. Great place. Love it.
this has been a constant theme at clé. and recently, we’ve been asking ourselves this question, not just in the way we select our products, support our artists, work with our clients and engage with our team mates. but we’ve also been asking ourselves the bigger question- how can we make a difference every day for one another, in our communities and in our world.
This functional, light-filled home takes full advantage of its bucolic site. With the introduction of the butterfly roof, natural light, ventilation and views are brought into the main gathering spaces. Distance between the private and public zones is created by a shift in geometry where those two meet in plan, to provide a calming and rejuvenating private retreat for the occupants. The structured juxtaposition of materials brings order and warmth to the home’s overall experience, complementing the textures and beauty of the site. Photo: ©Cesar Rubio
Inspired by the intricate natural beauty of a spiderweb, the 8" x 9" Gold Widow Hex tile transforms into a work of abstract art when it’s installed on your walls or floors. Cobalt blue and golden yellow contrast beautifully, perfect for adding the rich appeal of jewel tones to any room. The geometric design of this encaustic tile comes alive as a diamond motif lending modern appeal to entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more.
Yes! This is awesome…I had such a hard time finding good cement tiles when I was looking last year! I ended up going with some black and white patterned tiles from Overstock for our fireplace and a small backsplash behind our range. I liked the tiles I picked, but honestly it was the free shipping that sold me – when I priced tiles from other suppliers, the shipping was more than the actual tiles.
This functional, light-filled home takes full advantage of its bucolic site. With the introduction of the butterfly roof, natural light, ventilation and views are brought into the main gathering spaces. Distance between the private and public zones is created by a shift in geometry where those two meet in plan, to provide a calming and rejuvenating private retreat for the occupants. The structured juxtaposition of materials brings order and warmth to the home’s overall experience, complementing the textures and beauty of the site. Photo: ©Cesar Rubio

why do you caution against using permacolor grouts? Permacolor grouts are the newest iteration of grout development. it’s really great for color-fast qualities, however everything that makes it color fast is a demon to your beautiful cement tiles. first, the grout is colored with more intense pigments that will stain any unglazed stone, cement or unglazed tile. second, it is fast drying and less viscous than standard grouts and therefore there is a greater possibility of leaving a grout film. should grout film develop on your installation, it is generally irreparable.
To prevent staining, it is advisable to seal concrete tile surfaces with a penetrating sealer before grouting. This will also make it easier to spread the grout and assist in cleanup. To provide Lasting protection from environment elements and stains V-SEAL Concrete Sealers, in partnership with Villa Lagoon Tile, have introduced a sealing process specifically engineered for encaustic cement tile, learn more.
Lovely transitional style custom home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The high ceilings, skylights, white cabinetry, and medium wood tones create a light and airy feeling throughout the home. The aesthetic gives a nod to contemporary design and has a sophisticated feel but is also very inviting and warm. In part this was achieved by the incorporation of varied colors, styles, and finishes on the fixtures, tiles, and accessories. The look was further enhanced by the juxtapositional use of black and white to create visual interest and make it fun. Thoughtfully designed and built for real living and indoor/ outdoor entertainment.
Some tiles are hand-pressed, others machine pressed. The hand-pressed can be more delicate or fragile because the pressing can be inconsistent. I'm not saying all hand-pressed are to be avoided, you can simply get better consistency when they are hydraulically pressed. If you're getting them from a large manufacturer, they are likely hydraulically pressed.
Bathrooms: I just installed these tiles from Erin Adams design in my own bathroom and my search for those is what started this whole thing. Most cement tiles will work either on the floor or walls of your bathroom, but check with the manufacturer as some tiles will need to be sealed before they get a lot of foot traffic and water on them. Again, seal them after install and ideally keep sealing every couple years as needed.
Browse through our Floor Tiles in our Gallery and you’ll see that encaustic cement floor tiles transform a space, no matter if that space is modern and bold, eclectic and bohemian, or fun and colorful. At Granada Tile, we offer traditional encaustic floor tiles made with both bright  and subtle colors and intricate patterns as well as bold geometric designs and clean lines.

and so, in an attempt to meet the bigness of this question with a response that we could actually muster, we realized that the best solution might not be the grandest. perhaps we can take baby steps toward a future we can all support. let’s not get frightened to make a difference when the future looks bleak. even the smallest action can lead to a bigger outcome, especially when joined with efforts from one another.


It is also essential to order enough material, including overage, to help prevent the need to order more tile later. The exact same tile product, color, size, and dye-lots are not necessarily available to us from our manufacturers at a later date. Sometimes, after a period of time goes by, products can be discontinued by manufacturers. So, in the tile business, accurate ordering includes a certain percentage of overage, by necessity. Consult your licensed tile contractor about best practices regarding accurate tile measurement for your job, including an appropriate percentage of overage.
We are thrilled that the show used our Bouquet II pattern in an episode of this season’s show. The episode is titled “Arched Mediterranean Kitchen” (Season 11, Episode 2) and follows a couple as they get a complete kitchen renovation. Our handmade cement tile is used on the kitchen backsplash to create a unique centerpiece for the space. The Bouquet cement tile pattern blends in perfectly with the new kitchen’s Mediterranean theme.
When I got to my local tile shop to pick out something in person, I couldn't resist one last look. In my research, I'd learned all about "patina" that develops over time. Patina doesn't sound so bad, even though I know perfectly well from my zinc countertop that patina is sometimes just a nice way of saying it shows every little mark and scuff for years and years until it's old and then and only then is it actually a desirable thing. I admired the cement tiles on display, and asked the consultant working with me about them. Even she didn't want to sell them to me, or to anyone, for that matter.
While hardly a modern material, encaustic tiles are very popular in the home decorating and interior design world. Homeowners of all tastes are turning towards tiles, specifically cement tiles, for their unique patterns, vivid colors, and practical qualities. If you’ve been looking into this endearing material, you may have come across varying terms and descriptions, and some confusion over what you’re actually looking for. Some sources describe encaustic cement tiles, and others say cement tiles aren’t actually encaustic. So which is it?
While you’re putting cement tile on the walls, don’t forget about the laundry room! Beautiful laundry rooms are not just for the people of Pinterest (or Jamie and Morgan in our video about installing Erizo Blue cement tile, which you can see on our Installation page. Jamie and Morgan used Erizo Blue cement tile as their pop of color!). You could use our cement tile as a lovely accent behind your laundry room sink and washer/dryer: an unexpected statement piece to liven what, in most homes, is a very boring room.

TERRA ARTESANA ~ HOME TO MEXICAN DÉCOR MEXICAN ARTS, MEXICAN TILES, COPPER SINKS & MUCH MORE Terra Artesana brings you the creative beauty of Mexico directly from the artisan’s hands to your home. Our copper kitchen sinks, talavera tiles and talavera toilet, frost proof tiles, copper bathtubs, decorative tiles, mural tiles designs are personally selected. We ensure you receive the highest quality at an affordable price while keeping the artisans' traditions and profession alive. Let our stunning Aztec calendars, Mexican tile designs or bronze sinks add to the style and vibrancy of your world.
This 6,500-square-foot one-story vacation home overlooks a golf course with the San Jacinto mountain range beyond. The house has a light-colored material palette—limestone floors, bleached teak ceilings—and ample access to outdoor living areas. Builder: Bradshaw Construction Architect: Marmol Radziner Interior Design: Sophie Harvey Landscape: Madderlake Designs Photography: Roger Davies

For the first time, we now offer our random patchwork in 4″ x 4″ cement tiles. These tiles are offered in a thinner thickness than our standard tiles. They are only 15/32″ thick (1.2cm). This size and thickness of cement tile is a perfect option for kitchen backsplash and decorative wall applications. Perfect for residential or commercial applications. Better yet, this option is in stock and ready to ship!
I have to admit I chuckled a little hearing that it’s national ceramic tile day. Is there anything without a national day? This post is an absolute godsend. There’s about 10 different placed in my home that I want to add ceramic tile to. We have a midcentury raised ranch that is so cookie-cutter-vanilla-suburbia it makes me want to cry. I need to add some (appropriate) spice to this house ASAP!
clé creates one of the finest cement tiles in the world. each tile is hand made, one at a time, beginning with natural pigments hand-poured into molds then reinforced with concrete. the hand-crafted tile is then left to cure creating a silky, matte surface. available in a variety of shapes and patterns it is the tile’s variegated colors that sets it apart and makes clé’s cement tiles one of today's most sought after for both walls and floors.
Unless your backyard space is livable and inviting, you probably don’t spend as much time in it as you’d like. The key to making a backyard more comfortable is to create a living space that brings the indoors, out. Our favorite way to do this? Tile a space in the backyard with durable and beautiful cement floor tiles. Add in comfortable furniture and an outdoor fireplace or an outdoor kitchen, and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate backyard living space. Learn all the ways cement tiles are great for an outdoor living space, why they are better than pavers and poured concrete, and some ideas for how to bring them into your backyard.

This is a modern style kitchen with a display of classical black and white color tones. The kitchen features 8″×8″ Moroccan cement tile backsplash creates an astonishing wallpaper effect with its daring black and white design. While the Superwhite granite counter tops negotiates the glossy white color transition with the large size dark charcoal porcelain tiles on the kitchen floor.
Inspired by the intricate natural beauty of a spiderweb, the 8" x 9" Gold Widow Hex tile transforms into a work of abstract art when it’s installed on your walls or floors. Cobalt blue and golden yellow contrast beautifully, perfect for adding the rich appeal of jewel tones to any room. The geometric design of this encaustic tile comes alive as a diamond motif lending modern appeal to entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more.
Jordan Design-Build Group is a full-service residential design-build firm serving the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. For a recent remodel project a client wanted to go big and bold in the kitchen whilst maintaining an eclectic style. Using our Patchwork Random selection of colorful cement tiles, they created a ceiling-high backsplash that acts as the focal point of the room. (All photos © 2015 Stacy Zarin-Goldberg Photography.)
Some of our lavish Moroccan products have been featured in television productions including NCIS, Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, The Fosters, Desperate Housewives, This Means War, Iron Man, HBO’s True Blood, American Horror Story, The Lord of the Rings, Moroccan Theme Oscar After Party by New Line Cinemas, State of Affairs, West World, Grace and Frankie, Fast and Furious, Avengers, Nickelodeon Pitch Perfect 3, Strange Angel, The Washingtons, House of Cards and more.
Making the cuts and setting each row took such a long time that I kept having to add more water to the mortar. Even though I had the bucket covered with a wet towel, it dried out quickly. The whole process came to a screeching halt every time I needed to attend to the mortar. I was really wishing for a tiling partner after a few hours into this project. Future tile jobs will be two-person jobs around here.
this week we are continuing our celebration of mixing high/lo to give you design inspiration for any project no matter your budget. these mesmerizing pairings of our artists' tile collection mixed with our clé classics are the perfect start to help you create your own dream tile combinations. whether you are creating a space with your pennies or your black american express clé has tile options for you. 

During the installation process, cement tile requires a few steps to ensuring it does not get stained from the materials used and will look as great as possible. Sealing the grout is part of this process. This post explains why it’s important to seal grout during the installation process for concrete tiles, and how to do it. If you’re a DIY homeowner researching the process for installing your own cement tiles, don’t forget this step. It will save you time, money, and many headaches down the road. Get all the information you need in this post about sealing the grout for your concrete tiles!
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