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.
As America's leading supplier of handmade cement tile, we have supplied thousands of projects successfully with a proven track record of delivering quality material. We offer in-stock patterns and solid colors as well as special order material. Since all patterns are handcrafted, each design can be customized and created to your exact color specifications. Our factories are the best in the business.
Fans of Brooklyn-based Eskayel’s patterns will be thrilled to know they’ve teamed up with the equally-hip Clé Tile for an exclusive collection that will make you want to redo your entire home. Featuring eight of Eskayel’s most iconic patterns, each cement tile is available in its designated colorway AND a black-and-white version, which is great news for the color-phobes among us.
in 2009 when artist and designer, deborah osburn began her blog, ‘tile envy’, she did so because no one else was talking about tile at the time. ‘tile envy’ quickly garnered an avid following and when readers started to ask how to source the unique artisan tiles she was featuring, deborah found herself launching an online tile shop in 2012 aptly named clé (pronounced 'clay') tile. selling tiles solely online seemed audacious at a time when tile stores were still deeply rooted in the showroom experience, however, architects, designers and design-savvy customers proved they were happy to have access to a wider array of decorative tiles and the online boutique took off.
If you don’t install a backsplash, you may feel like the countertop looks incomplete. It will make your kitchen look kind of dull. Therefore, installing backsplash complementing with countertops will bring your design theme to life. it will create continuity in the design that will enhance the overall aesthetic. It is better to install cement tiles for the backsplash as the countertop to maintain the consistency because one can find countless colors, patterns and styles in concrete backsplashes to make a match with any countertop style and pattern. With concrete tile, you can enjoy multiple benefits and customization of Backsplashes.
We process container orders with load from 20 feet to high cubed containers. Container order turnaround time may vary, depending on the type of products ordered and it can sometimes take up to four months to deliver. Certain products take our artisans longer to create, thus extending delivery time. Container orders are shipped directly from Morocco.
I used them in this kitchen, above, that was installed in a 1920’s Spanish style renovation. It is still one of my favorites. Note: the floor tiles weren’t properly sealed the first time (if at all, I don’t remember and it wasn’t my contractor) so they got really dirty really fast. I had to have them professionally scrubbed and then resealed but they definitely still had a lot of wear from those couple days of no-sealant days. It actually looks great because its an old house but if you had a new house you might not be so into it.
Anyway…back to the tiles. Garrett really wanted to inset the backsplash into the wall so the edges of the tile would be concealed by the surrounding drywall. I wasn’t really concerned about seeing the tile edges, but I let him go after it anyway ‘cause marriage is all about compromise. And I like to compromise on the small stuff ;). So Garrett put up 1/4″ hardiboard behind the backsplash and 5/8″ drwyall around it. He pushed out the drywall immediately on either side of the hardiboard with 1/8″ furring strips so I had a solid 3/4″ of depth to work with for laying the mortar and tile.
Proper installation and protection of cement tile is key to enjoying its lasting beauty. Please ensure that tile is laid by a licensed tile installer. Encaustic cement tiles are installed in both commercial and residential environments, from restaurants and retail stores to kitchens, bathrooms, shower walls, shower floors, patios, and living areas.