Tile Vault: Cuban Cement Tiles

Cuban cement tiles are a traditional floor covering that can be dated back to the mid 19th century. Since they are cement and not clay, they do not need to be fired. They are often detailed with elaborate designs in vibrant colors that last over the decades.

Traditional cement tile is seeing a recent renewed interest because of the material's green characteristics. It is made of a mixture of Portland cement, marble powder and natural pigments for developing those strong, beautiful colors. The examples shown above are:

1 A patchwork of cement tiles from Villa Lagoon Tile.
2 Kitchen tiles from the book Inside Havana, via Architect Design.
3 A gorgeous Cuban-tiled-bathroom from Elle Decor.
4 A powder room with bold cement tile on the floor and walls, via Tile Style.

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