In a recent show at Providence's AS220 Project Space Gallery, artist Gunnar Norquist exhibited tiles made from common cement, creating cool patterns from a material that can appear simultaneously hard and soft.
Norquist describes the tiles in his artist statement:
The tiles are made of cast Portland Cement. They have a strong yet quiet presence. They are meant to sit in the space between interior decoration and fine art and have a distinctly modernist flavor in their unadorned simplicity and emphasis on formal concerns.
You can view more of Gunnar Norquist's work on his website which also includes a beautiful exploration of decorative pattern in the form of drawings and paintings of paisleys.