We are a huge fan and can’t help think that the popularity of these tiles is owed to their timeless beauty. They are rich in heritage and you can trace their lineage back to the 12th century. Each tile is traditionally handcrafted by artisans using local materials and sourced from across Europe. They derive their name from the term “encaustic” which is an art term used for metal enamelling. They have this name because of the intricate patterns and designs that mimic the encaustic enamelling process. Cement tiles are not fired and there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile.
They always seem to have a certain “been here forever” rustic charm about them. They tend to have ever-so-slight imperfections, due to the nature of their production, we feel this just adds a little something more to their endearing qualities. Suitable for any interior however mainly installed in bathrooms, hallways, kitchens and around fireplaces, to give the space a bit of antique charm. Whichever you opt for, traditional Victorian, stylish geometric or Moroccan inspired, the key to pulling off this eclectic look is to let the tiles be the ‘focal point’ of the room.
You need to carefully consider the right furnishing items, to complement your tiles. Step towards streamlined architectural furniture, simplistic lighting pieces and style them into the space with care. This will create a modern look but packed with artistic flair and character. The patterned tiles will add a sense of nostalgia and quality craftsmanship to the design.