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No, cement tiles are not truly encaustic, but it is an acceptable label for cement tiles, also known as inlaid tiles. When cement tiles were first introduced during the mid-1800s, the Victorians thought they looked just like encaustic tiles which have been around for centuries, and mistakenly started referring to them as encaustic tiles also. Since then, the term has been widely used interchangeably to describe these two tile art forms.
The tile you’re probably most used to seeing is ceramic tile, but we want to redirect your focus to another type of tile that has the same beauty but comes with many more benefits. Cement tile is made from an entirely different process than ceramic tiles, with a hard-wearing mixture of mineral powder, cement, sand, and color pigment. It is compressed with about 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure, and the design becomes a part of the tile, not simply glazed or painted on the surface. Ceramic tiles are made with clays and glazes and are fired in kilns and don’t offer the same level of resiliency. Cement tiles have proven to be more durable and long-lasting than ceramic tiles and show less wear and tear over time. Backsplash cement tiles are also water-resistant and stain-resistant when sealed properly.

Inspired by the intricate natural beauty of a spiderweb, the 8" x 9" Blue Widow Hex tile transforms into a work of abstract art when it’s installed on your walls or floors. Cobalt and sky blues naturally create a calming effect, perfect for spa-inspired bathrooms. The geometric design of this encaustic tile comes alive as a diamond motif lending modern appeal to entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more.
The craftsman house involved in the project is over 100 years old. It’s a brown shingle craftsman very typical of the local homes and the owners are bringing it back to life little by little. The owners are both wonderful cooks (she’s French so of course!) and spend a lot of time in their well-used kitchen. The home was updated sometime in the 80’s and was ready for a serious face-lift. The clients wanted to incorporate a French/Moroccan style with the architectural elements of a craftsman. We think they succeeded!

If you’re in the process of designing or remodeling a bathroom, you’ll love to know that cement tiles are not only a stylish option but a practical one for your space. With the ability to withstand moisture and constant use, cement bathroom tiles are great options for both the floors and walls in a bathroom. In this post, learn all the many benefits of choosing cement tiles for bathroom floors and walls, including the shower, the many ways to use them creatively, and our favorite designs that are both classic and trendy. Even if you changed only the tile in your bathroom, you’ll end up with a completely different space!
Zellij is a remarkable source for all your tile needs. The staff have passion for design and believe in providing exceptional service all their clients. Faissel and the rest of the staff are constantly searching for unique and exciting materials, finding the perfect match for what the client needs. If you are in the need for tile, stone etc. Please visit the showroom where all beautiful products can be viewed. This is the place if you want to create a beautiful home. Thank you.
Pick up the May 2018 issue of House Beautiful and escape to the Bahamas with Tom Scheerer’s enchanting interior design featuring our handcrafted cement tile. Tom Scheerer’s designs are always inspired, and this Caribbean Colonial is no exception.  For this project, Scheerer chose to create custom cement tile, “Katie”, in a light and airy colorway.  … Continue reading Feel the Breeze with Tom Scheerer in House Beautiful Magazine
You're not limited to a predetermined color palette as is typical with factory-produced tile. With concrete, you can customize the color of your tiles to blend with your décor, such as choosing a shade that complements the wallpaper in your kitchen. Concrete tile manufacturers offer thousands of color options, ranging from soft natural earth tones to vibrant cherry reds. You can go with a uniform color or add more character by dreaming up a custom color blend. Read more about coloring concrete.
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.
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