Friday, February 1, 2013

Cement Tiles

Cement tiles were for many years forgotten but are getting again the full attention that they so much deserve. I've always admired them, mostly at old building's entrances at my birth city Lisboa. They were almost extinguished, replaced by cheaper porcelain tiles. But slowly old factories are beginning their production again. Cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time using a mold, mineral pigments and cement. Maybe that's what makes them so beautiful, each one is unique and expected to have slight imperfections, which give the tiles character and depth. My favorite pattern is in black and white.

cement tiles1
via oliveryaphe

cement tiles2
via micasarevista

cement tiles3

cement tiles4
Portuguese tiles found by Rosa Pomar

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