They’re often called encaustic cement tiles, notwithstanding the fact that encaustic tiles are made of kiln-fired clay and are, therefore, a kind of ceramic tiles. Cement tiles, on the other hand, are pressure-molded mix of cement, sand, marble powder and pigment. However, the name has remained because of some outstanding similarities in the appearance and the process of imbedding colors and print designs. Encaustic tiles have obviously been around several years earlier than cement tiles, while the latter appeared only in the late 1800s after Portland cement and the hydraulic press were invented. Concrete tile is also another name used for this cement product.
Cement tiles were handmade in ancient times. With massive mechanization and technology in manufacturing, cement tiles continue to be produced mainly by hand. Antique tiles are being replicated today through the same handcrafted manner, lending each piece personality and style that’s distinct and beautiful. A complete pattern usually involves installation of a 4-piece design, which can be repeated to fill a wall or floor.
Cement tiles were developed well within the Victorian period; thus, the unmistakable influence on the handcrafted floral tile and similarly-inspired designs. The art and architectural technique of cement tile making was brought to Asia by the Dutch, Spanish and immigrants. The Peranakan tiles found in many antique Singaporean sweatshops and residences continue to amaze antique tile enthusiasts who keep finding timeless pieces on the sites. Original cement tiles from these old homes and structures are being recovered and restored. To preserve this century-old art of tile-making, these tiles are being replicated and made available for residential and commercial projects. Great work is involved in the reproduction of these traditional tiles which depict various influences including Marrakech, Mexican and Moroccan inspirations.
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The popular 4-piece pattern, repeated several times to fill large walls, provides bold visual impact. Installed as a whole picture made of four pieces of tiles, it serves as décor. A floral tile piece can be set individually as decorative base for a porch column or as centrepiece for a patchwork of a more subdued field.
Don’t be fooled by these rustic pieces; they work well in combination with modern materials, too. Architects often play with design ideas and get the best element from each material to create something that is totally special. They easily blend with various types of tiles – mosaic, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. Their silken quality makes them an easy choice for bedrooms, dining and other interior living spaces in the house.
Cement tiles are suitable for large indoor floor areas, such as mosques, temples or churches. Simply because they work superbly indoors doesn’t mean that you can’t install cement tiles on outdoor floor surfaces, such as inner courtyards or a patio adjoining the pool area. Add character to a wooden gazebo in the garden, for instance, by installing cement tile flooring that replicates Peranakan tiles. With matching border tiles and muted background tiles, you’d easily create a carpet-like centrepiece where you can gather people around or hold lively parties. In small rooms or floor areas, there may be a need to define areas and their functions by using different tile colors or designs.
Ceramic tiles are quite prone to staining; hence, they are often coated with clear sealant. These tiles are often preferred because of the unique designs and vivid colors that they display. These qualities make cement tiles highly applicable as wall or floor material for kitchen, restaurants and hotels.
Our company puts customer satisfaction on top of its priority list. With handcrafted cement tiles, we assure you that we and our suppliers have paid close attention to design details, color and size specifications. Have a look at our new collection! You’ll be amazed, not only of the utter beauty and rich history of our tiles, but also of the reasonable prices we offer them at!