Encaustic Cement tile History
The mosaic Encaustic tiles or Cement tiles have been produced and used traditionally since the late 19th century throughout the urbanized areas of the Mediterranean: France, the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), Italy, and the old European colonies of northern Africa and Latin America. Each Encaustic tile is manually crafted individually, with the same technique pioneered by the Arabs over ten centuries ago which was posteriorly improved during the 19th century. The manufacturing of these Cement tiles is an art that has been transmitted from generation to generation, from father to son. Each piece of Encaustic tile that leaves our workshop brings within itself the pride of these craftsmen, for whose mosaics represent not only the fruit of their work, but the heritage of a tradition. These tiles are not made with clay or adobe, nor are they cooked, like ceramic tiles. They are made from compressed cement and soapstone done with hydraulic presses, which gives them great resistance and solidity. Aside from their resistance, these Cement tiles are characterized by their versatility, their great variety for designs and colors which make them suitable for both indoor and outdoor purposes. Apart from the contemporary tiles compositions and colors, and those from the 20th century reproduced or created by our craftsmen, this workshop offers you the possibility of customizing your own Encaustic tile patterns, to obtain the desired result, product of your own creativity. This is therefore, the flooring solution that offers most esthetic possibilities, and the only one that reaches such levels of originality and quality.