this step is not required, however, after the grout is dry (usually after 48 hours) you may elect to use a 17” floor polisher with a sand screen pad over the green pad to clean and finish the cement tiles. you will want to wet the floor enough so that the floor polisher is always working on a wet surface. This step will take care and experience so only proceed if your contractor has used this step in the past.
Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in Moroccan zellige (zellij) and encaustic cement tile. We are dedicated to making the centuries old craft traditions of Morocco accessible to our clients. As the newest generation in a centuries old family of tile makers, we draw upon the traditional craft expertise of Morocco, while embracing a modern taste for texture and design. We believe that our continued success is anchored in the four fundamental principles that have always guided us – innovation, the highest quality of material and craftsmanship, a commitment to service, and a focus on the client.

i love these ideas and appreciate the impressive amount of work that went into researching all of it. ironically, i am right now (as in…NOW, today) removing heavily patterned tile from the bathrooms in my 1970’s “spanish” (subdivision…ranch) house. the tiles have held up beautifully for 42 years, but yowza. living with the patterns on floors and walls day after day can be crazy-making over time. plus, the colorways are self-limiting — the tile demands center stage. i will replace the patterned tiles with plain cement tiles and go crazy with towels.
The best way to add color variation and pattern in a neutral bathroom that you want to keep soft and serene is to upgrade the floors with bright and airy patterned concrete floor tiles. Tiling the floors will make enough of a statement that turns a plain bathroom into an elegant one, without distracting from the calm and spa-like vibe of the rest of the space. We love the Normandy tile in white and soft grey for this application. The swirling traditional pattern offers just enough visual variation and interest, without looking busy. The white and grey keep everything serene and neutral, but add that extra touch a plain bathroom needs to take it from blah to beautiful.

**So glad** you mentioned Villa Lagoon! Lundy (the most gorgeous, both in body and heart), the owner, helped me with our laundry room (now changing room) project eight years ago. I wanted a colorful crazy quilt and Lundy definitely ensured I got what I wanted, including a good mix of black to help ground the pattern(s). I did investigate Popham but back then they were still only in Morocco, not yet in the US with Ann Sacks, and, while lovely, they were (are?) a bit more mod than I wanted (although I do like their Rings) and MUCH more $$$ than Villa Lagoon.

The Ciment cement floor and wall tile in blue and white sky offers a monochrome blue old-world design set on a white background. These tiles are set on a 1” cement base where color is poured over it into a mold, pressed in a hydraulic press and baked at extremely high temperatures. These handmade tiles offer natural variations and chips, which are reflections of traditional cement tile. Best for interior floors and walls, these and all cement tiles require sealing. Please refer to the sealing...
if you are using tiles in kitchens, bathrooms, showers, restaurants and lobbies (all high-traffic areas) even after sealing cement tiles- you should expect a degree of patina as your tiles slowly acclimate to their location. if you are not familiar with unglazed surfaces that will age with time (such as limestones, terracottas, marbles etc) and are not a fan of patina, then you may want to select another tile.
The technique of creating mission cement tiles came to Mexico through Spanish artisans. Handmade mission cement tiles take a special mold for each design. The process involves blending high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. Unlike other varieties, cement tiles do not use glazes or a kiln. Rather, they undergo hydrolysis and they harden through their soak in vats of water. Solidifying the material with a hydraulic press gives these tiles exceptional resistance and superior strength.
clé celebrates this historic cement tile with our own modern take on a 150 year old tile crafting legacy. each encaustic cement tile is painstakingly hand crafted, one tile at a time, to create solid or patterned tiles formed from pigmented cement. the tiles are not fired in a kiln, but are cured in water for a lasting cement surface that is as stunning in its finish as it is good for the environment.
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New from Sausalito-based Cle Tiles: the Artist Cement Collection of handmade encaustic cement tiles designed by 11 artist studios located in the US, Europe, and South America. The series includes designs by architects, artists, designers, and sculptors (and includes pieces from Erica Tanov, a Remodelista favorite). Here’s a selection of the offerings:

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.
Concrete tiles are often produced by local manufacturers and use recycled materials, such as crushed glass, recycled aggregates, and silica fume (a byproduct from other industrial processes). In addition, concrete tiles are so durable, they rarely require replacement. If you ever do decide to replace them, the concrete can be recycled. Read more about the eco-friendly benefits of concrete.
Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Matte Gray/White 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. This MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Matte Gray/White add to many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial, Modern and...
This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic white cement tiles alone to make a monochromatic statement or mix and match with other solids and patterns to design a unique room. Even the solid colors of these wall and floor tiles will have natural variation and interest because they are hand mixed before being poured.
Residential cement tiles are the latest trend and must-have product in countless home decorating publications. They are quickly gaining popularity for their various benefits, which include incredible durability, versatility, and unmatched amount of design and customization opportunities. Homeowners everywhere are looking to add residential concrete tiles into their space to add beauty, style, and practicality that will last through the decades.
Moss green Moroccan tiles are ideal choice for both classic and todays contemporary designs. Moroccan tiles  makes a bold statement in contemporary rooms, or adds warmth for a classic look. Moroccan tiles are sustainable, eco-friendly, durable, versatile and timeless, and work its magic in a variety of styles and spaces from rustic to contemporary. Whether your project is a rustic kitchen or a contemporary bathroom, our Glazed Moroccan tiles will be right at home in a residence, and commercial projects too including restaurant, commercial bathrooms, spa, swimming pools and much more. Available in several handcrafted colors and  glazes, you can have your pick between soft neutrals or more saturated hues. The art of handmade tiles in Morocco known as Zellige, zellij or Zillij, dates back many centuries in Fez, Morocco. Handmade, hand-glazed and hand-cut terra cotta clay tile and mosaics are crafted using traditional and regional clays from Fez and  natural glaze pigments. Glazed Moroccan Tiles are timeless and works beautifully in traditional and contemporary interiors including kitchen backsplash, bathroom floors, shower walls, fireplace, swimming pool waterline, Spa walls & floors, commercial bathrooms, restaurant walls & floors.
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