Cement tiles are known by many names, Encaustic Tiles, Baldosa Hidraulicas in Spain, Cuban tiles in the USA and Carreaux de Ciment in France. They were originally made in the 1800's, individually, by hand and the process has hardly changed in all that time. The tiles are made using a mix of coloured pigment, crushed marble and cement. The Coloured pigment is poured in to a mold seperating all the different sections of the pattern. The dry cement and marble mix is sprinkled on to the pigment next, this is to get any moisture out of the pigment mix. Following that a sand and cement mix is poured on top of the mix, and then a metal lid is placed on the frame. Finally the whole frame is placed under a hydraulic press, and 1000 lbs of pressure is put through it, then the frame is removed and voilla! one tile is ready for 14 days of drying in the sun.
Here you can find our Patterned, Plain and Hex cement tiles suitable for all wall and floor projects and all equally as beautiful as the next. If you can not find a tile to suit your taste perhaps you would like a play on our tile simulator to create your very own cement tile.