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."
It starts with installation, he said. "It's really inconsistent in size and that makes installation take longer because you're trying to make up for the size difference. It's not symmetrical in any way, shape, or form." When it comes to grouting, even with using sealing products to prevent issues, "Oh my goodness it's a pain—it's so porous, it sucks the pigment of the grout in and it's hard to get it off," he said.
Since it is just not cement, a concrete tile offers various features like durability, easier cleaning and maintenance. With regular cleaning, it is fairly easy to maintain the durability. It is recommended to use clean water and microfiber mop each time. You can mix water with neutral cleansers to avoid abrasion of the tile. For long-term maintenance, it is better to invest in resealing of the tiles when it is required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capture the beauty of authentic, traditional cement tiles with the Ciment Artea 7.88" x 7.88" Cement Field Tile. These tiles are constructed of cement, offering a partial through-body coloring. Each tile is hand-crafted by taking a 1” cement base, pouring color into a mold, pressing the color with a hydraulic press and then allowing it to cure for a number of days. The result is a completely one of a kind look that may produce natural variations or chips, which are characteristics of true...
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.
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.
To deliver your beautiful tiles, an appointment will be required. Once shipped from our warehouse and arrived at the nearest service center, our freight company will call to schedule a delivery appointment. You must be ready to receive your tile shipment at anytime within the lead time associated with your order. Please note that if they are unable to contact you within 48 hours, storage fees will begin to accrue and tiles will not re-ship until all fees and shipping costs have been invoiced and paid by the customer.
Being situated in the building right next to the John Varvatos store and across the street from glitzy Italian restaurant Cecconi’s (just south of Melrose & Robertson), the company’s new showroom can certainly be considered prime real estate. Not only is it quite a bit easier to find, but it has more square footage and wall space than its predecessor, allowing for more sample board displays. For close to 20 years the space was home to Trigg Ison Fine Art, one of West Hollywood’s top art galleries.
LE MOSAISTE teamed up with interior designer and new neighbor Paul L’Esperance (www.lesperancedesign.com), best known for his award-winning work on the 22 million dollar restoration of The Leland Stanford Mansion. The joint effort took the design of the new showroom into a direction that complements the elegant and organic qualities of the company’s artisan zellige tiles. The idea behind the décor was to pay tribute to the origin of the tiles while hinting at their versatility. The term that comes to mind is “Moroccan modern”.
We now stock 4″ x 4″ solid colors of our handmade cement tile in black, white and grey. These smaller tiles work great for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, shower floors and bar areas. They also look amazing when mixed together with our larger 8″ or 12″ solid cement tiles and coordinate with many of our most popular patterns. The possibilities are endless!
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.
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.
I was super exciting. The moment I entered I felt welcomed. They had a great selection, beautiful designs, great colors to choose from, and not to mention great customer service. It felt like I was back in Morocco. I decided to go with intricate Fassi design tiles, which represented the true Moroccan beauty as well as it would brighten up my kitchen. For the flooring, the Sala sheets composed of 2x2 inch Moroccan tiles in the color bone looked remarkable.
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cement tiles have been around for the past 150 years and have been called numerous names including encaustic cement tile, cement tile, concrete tile, hydraulicos*, cuban tile, and more. whatever their nomenclature, clé offers one of the finest cement tiles on a surface that is at once muted, varied, matte and silky. these tiles come in a myriad of patterns, think: moroccan, black and whites, neutrals, stripes, and more. in addition to our standard eight-by-eight-inch square tiles we offer color blocks of rectangles, hexes, diamonds, triangles, arabesques and scallops. our compelling cement tile patterns and shapes include some of the most sought-after tiles today for both walls and floors, indoors and out.
Whether it’s spills, splashes, or splatters, the kitchen is often on the receiving end of some pretty tough messes. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up with a kitchen covered in food stains and grease spatters, which can lead to a dingy appearance or even lingering odors. In our opinion, the kitchen should be a source of comfort; a place where families and friends can gather around, share a meal, and spend quality time together. We love to see kitchens live up to their potential. That’s why we at Riad love to see our cement tiles being used to create kitchen backsplashes.
what colors are suitable for grouting cement tiles? clé always recommends a neutral natural grey (un-pigmented) grout color for all cement tiles. besides being the traditional shade for these historic tiles, the lack of pigment allows for a stain-free installation. another color recommendation is to select the shade that matches closest to the lightest shade in your pattern. CAUTION: many grout manufacturers have begun to pigment their “natural gray” grouts. so be sure your contractor checks with the manufacturer. If there is pigment, your contractor must take care against staining.
At Riad Tile, we take a great deal of pride in our tile and the people who make them, so we work hard to create the finest products possible. Each of our handmade tiles reflects the effort spent to create them, so we thoroughly enjoy seeing put into action in new and creative ways. A tile backsplash is a practical and stylish way to enjoy our tiles and show off your design preferences. Feel free to contact us and receive a sample of our tile today!
we are proud to introduce our new line of cement tiles. artists are at the heart of everything clé does and we have collaborated with 11 talented artists with different expertise (from textile to street art) to exclusively design cement tile patterns for clé. we hope you have fun looking through the collection and learning about each artist - bit.ly/29zAOzd #cletile #tiletheworld
If you've seen some drop dead gorgeous patterned tiles on Pinterest lately, there's a good chance they are made of cement. These matte-finish, often bold patterned tiles are absolutely beautiful. Historically more common throughout Europe than here, they've gathered major steam on this side of the pond. After days and weeks of scouring the internet looking for the perfect tile for our bathroom renovation, and not finding anything that was just right, late one night I finally found The One in a photo of a dreamy bathroom.
While Granada Tile does not have any physical stores or showrooms, our extensive online cement tile store and information center provides far more convenience and possibilities than you could find in a typical brick-and-mortar store. You can browse each of our collections right in the comfort of your home, or, you can pick and choose the patterns, sizes, and colors of concrete tiles you like best, to create your own custom design. Browse through our blog to get ideas for patterns, combinations, layouts, and applications. And get inspired by the amazing transformations we’ve been a part of in our online Lookbooks.