Cement Tile 2017-12-04T13:10:20+00:00

Cement Tile

Tile Overview

Every tile is art.

Each is touched by many hands with techniques passed from father to son (and mother to daughter) over generations. It’s authentic. It’s stunning. It’s very very long lasting. It’s completely handmade, one at-a-time.

Its resurgence in the US couldn’t have come at a better time. There are more uses, patterns, colors, and natural ingredients than even 10 years ago. It’s art which is part of every facet of our lives.

These tiles are not fired in a kiln but cured in water. This makes for a durable and lasting surface that is smooth to the touch and beautiful in finish. With a wear layer of 3-4mm, the tiles are extremely sturdy in high traffic areas and have proven their resilience over centuries of wear.

The encaustic cement tiles still draw their inspiration from historic and modern designs and are made using fine, pure ingredients that occur naturally on our planet. Even rainwater is used in mixing the pigments at the studio.

Our mission is to fill the world with long lasting beauty by designing and installing handmade cement tile. We believe stories are told and feelings are born through the power of aesthetics and we hope to ignite a sense of emotion every time someone walks into a room.

  • Handmade Completely handcrafted with old world techniques
  • Unique We absolutely guarantee no two cement tiles will be exactly alike. In fact, it’s the beauty in imperfection that makes these tiles so sought after
  • Green 100% natural materials. Zero emission product. Completely recyclable and non-flammable
  • Pizazz Add personality with aggregates like marble, granite and mother of pearl recycled from button factories
  • Usage Perfect for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial spaces. Examples include floors, walls, stairs, back splashes, islands, tabletops, decks, terraces, poolside, showers, fireplaces, and more.
  • Customizable Can be manufactured to any design, size and color. We welcome custom orders.
  • Durability Extremely durable in high traffic areas and lasts for centuries. Yes. Centuries.

Layers

Order Process

  • Step 1 You choose an existing pattern or design a unique pattern.

    For custom work it’s as easy as sending an original sketch or a photo of a textile/floor pattern you want to emulate. Custom new patterns are a flat fee per new design (includes graphic design, artistic consultations, and fabricating new templates) & take an extra 2+ weeks for that unique art to take place.

  • Step 2 We confirm pattern dimensions, colors, and quantities.

  • Step 3 An optional tile proof is made and sent for sign off to you and any other vital decision makers on the project (up to 4 individuals).

  • Step 4 The first 50% payment starts production.

  • Step 5 The entire order is produced in the studio.

  • Step 6 After curing, drying, and one by one inspection, your tile is boxed and ready to ship.

  • Step 7 The remaining balance and freight charges are paid to release the order from the studio.

  • Step 8 The entire order is shipped to your designated site location on pallets.

After you receive your order please reference our Installation Guide and Care Guide.

The making of a tile:

For an in depth look into how our tiles are made, check out this video on our blog. And we have all the industry specifications in one place. Download our Spec Sheet.

Tile Process

  • We start with a blank steel slate and the metal mold of your design much like a cookie cutter.
    Step 1
    We start with a blank steel slate and the metal mold of your design much like a cookie cutter.
  • The first layer is the liquid pigment layer which is dropped in with quick and expert precision until all shapes are filled in.
    Step 2
    The first layer is the liquid pigment layer which is dropped in with quick and expert precision until all shapes are filled in.
  • Then after a quick shake, the mold is removed to reveal the wet pigment design.
    Step 3
    Then after a quick shake, the mold is removed to reveal the wet pigment design.
  • Then a single layer of fine dry cement is sprinkled on top and leveled out.
    Step 4
    Then a single layer of fine dry cement is sprinkled on top and leveled out.
  • Then a second coarser dry cement is evened on top before being pressed by great force.
    Step 5
    Then a second coarser dry cement is evened on top before being pressed by great force.
  • After compression, the tile is removed from the steel plate in all its glory and is dipped in a water bath for 24 hour curing.
    Step 6
    After compression, the tile is removed from the steel plate in all its glory and is dipped in a water bath for 24 hour curing.
  • Once cured, the tile air dries for at least 8 days before packaging and shipping.
    Step 7
    Once cured, the tile air dries for at least 8 days before packaging and shipping.
  • The three arts of cement tile making is the mold making itself, the exact mixing of natural pigments by years of color matching (no computers here!) and the creation of the tiles themselves (they make it look so easy).
    Step 8
    The three arts of cement tile making is the mold making itself, the exact mixing of natural pigments by years of color matching (no computers here!) and the creation of the tiles themselves (they make it look […]