Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)

Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)


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Granada Goes Forth: Cement Tiles in Minas Gerais and Beyond

Looking at the photos from Melanie and Marcos’s Brazil trip, it’s amazing to see all the wonderful varieties of cement tile that seem to pop up everywhere they looked. The historic town of Tiradentes brimmed with phenomenal concrete tile installations—it doesn’t have the monopoly on fantastic cement tile in Minais Gerais state, though. Today we’ll show you some tile photos from Ouro Preto and Itatiaia, and we’ll head on down to Rio to check out some scrumptious cement tiles there, too!

Breakfast at Pousada do Ouvridor in Ouro Preto, also in Minais Gerais, features a fabulous buffet and some mouthwatering tile design. The floor at the charming inn located in the heart of the historic city there has a chic, mustard-and-dark red strapwork tile design that works perfectly set against the rusticated stone of the walls.

Two-color cement tiles cover the floor at the Pousada do Ouvridor in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Unexpected cement tile gems also popped up in the village of Itatiaia, near Ouro Branco. The Villa Itatiaia Restaurante prides itself on its local, traditional food presented in a stunning restaurant that was painstakingly crafted by its owners to capture the beauty of its surroundings. Cement tiles surround the wood-burning stove, where most of the food is prepared (some of the dishes are even begun days before they’re served). The warm hues and simple, abstract pattern of the concrete tiles work perfectly together.

An abstract cement tile installation surrounds the wood stove at Villa Itatiaia Restaurante, near Ouro Branco. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Villa Itatiaia’s owners carried cement tile throughout their restaurant. A few create a charming tile backsplash in a bathroom. It’s only four tiles, but it proves just how effective even a handful of cement tiles can be in adding personality, color and fun to a space, no matter the size.

A sweet cement tile backsplash in a bathroom at Villa Itatiaia Restaurant near Ouro Branco. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

No trip to Brazil, though, would be complete without at least a little time in Rio, and Marcos and Melanie happily paid a visit. Out and about, they spotted a fun tile carpet beckoning shoppers into a clothing store. It’s an elaborate tile installation with six different tile designs, not to mention a wide border made up of multicolored cement tiles.

Outside a Rio de Janeiro clothing store, an elaborate tile carpet welcomes shoppers. Tile photo, Fabrício Alves Vieira.

That wasn’t the only concrete tile installation at the shop. Wall tiles in an equally elaborate pattern lined the exterior. It’s one of the more exciting ones we’ve seen. Not only are there the usual mix of floral and geometric tile designs, but there’s an unusual numeric tile there as well. See if you can spot it!

Patchwork wall tiles outside the same Rio clothing store. Tile photo, Fabrício Alves Vieir.

If no trip to Brazil isn’t complete without a trip to Rio, then no trip to Rio is complete without a trip to Confeitaria Colombo in the city’s downtown. Modeled on the great early 20th-century Parisian patisseries, it’s a must-see and taste. Not to mention, it features some wonderful antique cement tiles.

A birds-eye view reveals delicious cement tiles at Confeitaria Colombo, a historic patisserie in Rio. Tile photo, Fabrício Alves Vieira.

Needless to say, Marcos and Melanie returned from their trip to Brazil exhausted but brimming with fantastic ideas. Check back to see what their trip inspired and be sure to share your own tile pictures with us.

Granada Goes Forth: More from Marcos and Melanie’s Trip to Brazil

Last week we showed you some fabulous tile photos from Granada Tile‘s own Melanie and Marcos’s most recent trip to Brazil. They discovered so many fantastic cement tile installations that just one post wasn’t enough, so we’re back and ready to blog about more of the tremendous concrete tile that seems to pop up practically everywhere you look in the country.

Our last stop on our tile picture tour was the lovely city of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais state. Founded in the early 18th century, it has some wonderful architecture including the church of St. Anthony, a marvelous example of Brazilian Baroque architecture built just a few decades after the town’s founding. The place also has, as you saw last week, some amazing concrete tile installations—so many in fact that we’ve got more to share with you today.

One of the city’s restaurants overflows with killer cement tile installations. Cement wall tiles in a variety of tile designs decorate the space, making for a bright and lively dining experience. Even better, you could create a similar look for, say, a tile backsplash in your kitchen by choosing our Sofia and Giverney Corner and Border tile designs.

Colorful cement tiles line the walls at a restaurant in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Melanie and Marcos loved another great design touch at the same restaurant, where, in between rustic, painted-wood panels, pilasters were covered in cement tiles. They thought it was a fun and creative way of incorporating cement wall tiles into an interior.

At the same Tiradentes restaurant, cement wall tiles cover a pilaster. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Patchwork tile installations seem to be a hallmark of Brazilian tile installations. At another restaurant in Tiradentes, Cia do Boi, to be exact, patchwork tile installations pop up everywhere, from the the walls to the floors. They’re bright and fun, just like country itself.

One of several patchwork cement tile installations found at the restaurant Cia do Boi in Tiradentes, Brazil.

Before we leave Tiradentes, here’s one more great patchwork cement tile installation Melanie and Marcos spotted at a furniture store. It’s a great mash-up of floral patterned and geometric tile designs. For your own tile installation project, it could also be fun to incorporate some completely solid color cement tiles into the mix to up the color ante!

Geometric and floral cement tiles create a fun patchwork tile installation at a Tiradentes furniture store. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

We’ve got plenty more amazing tile pictures from Melanie and Marcos’s trip to Brazil. Check back later this week to see tile photos from Rio and more! In the meantime, if you see anything you love, check out our Echo Collection‘s interactive catalogue. It’s a good bet you can find similar tiles to recreate the tile installations found in Brazil.

Granada Goes Forth: Exploring the Cement Tile of Brazil

Melanie and Marcos just got back from a business trip to Brazil. (For new readers, Melanie is Melanie Stephens and Marcos is Marcos Cajina—they’re the hearts and minds behind Granada Tile.) As is the case wherever they travel, they kept their eyes wide open for cement tiles, and in Brazil, needless to say, it’s not hard to run across concrete tile installations almost everywhere. The country has a longstanding love-affair with the beautiful, durable material.

Today, we’ll going to be showing you some highlights from their trip—cement tile photos and cement tile design ideas we think will delight and inspire you. So take a moment and take a trip with us to Brazil.

First up, a quick stopover at a shop while en route to Tiradentes—complete with a fun concrete tile floor. It was a great, unexpected treat to see cement tile there and interesting to note its quality. If you take a close look, you can see lots of holes, scratches and irregular pour lines, all hallmarks of less than outstanding cement tile craftsmanship.

A playful tile design in a shop Melanie and Marcos stopped in on their way to Tiradentes, Brazil. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Once they made it to Tiradentes, a Brazilian town renowned for its architecture and outstanding food, they spied concrete tile, or ladrilho hidraulico in Portuguese, installed on all sorts of surfaces in all manner of locations. They found a chic cement floor tile installation in a corridor of a residence. It’s a classic tile design and one, incidentally, you can replicate from Granada Tile’s own Echo Collection (Burgos would be the closest match).

Cement tiles in neutral hues create a three-dimensional effect in a Tiradentes house. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

They found a great, traditional tile design outside a retirement home in Tiradentes, too. If you’re in the market for a similar tile design for your own tile installation, our Calais tile design might be just what you’re looking for.

A diamond-and-star tile design leads to a retirement home in Tiradentes, Brazil, where Melanie and Marcos visited on a recent trip.

This is just a tiny taste of the glorious cement tile Melanie and Marcos spotted on their trip. Check back next week for some more tile photo highlights. In the meantime, you can view more tile installations from around the world on our historic tile installation section on our Web site.


Get the Look: Bringing the flair of Brazil’s cement tiles to your home

Last week, Granada Tile took you on a tour of the breathtaking cement tiles found all over Brazil. It got us thinking about how we might translate the tile installations in Brazil using our own concrete tile designs. Happily, given the breadth of our Echo Collection, we’re pleased to report that you can easily bring a little of Brazil into your next project. Here are some tile pictures to get you started!

Did you love the Belle Epoque glamour of the floor tiles at the Confeitaria Columbo in Rio?

The lovely cement tile installation at Confeitaria Columbo in Rio de Janeiro. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Then how about capturing some of that glamour by using our St. Tropez tile design? It has a particularly French feel, which would work perfectly when used as floor tiles or as wall tiles to create a dramatic accent.

Granada Tile’s St. Tropez tile design evokes the glamour of the Confeitaria Columbo’s antique tile floors. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re more of a minimalist, we bet you loved the tile outside Iglesia de Gloria, also in Rio.

Geometric cement tile outside the Iglesia de Gloria in Rio. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If that’s the case, our Burgos tile design in grays and whites might be what you’re looking for.

A simple geometric tile design, Burgos is a versatile choice for any tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

A versatile pattern, it would be the perfect choice for a tile backsplash or for bathroom wall tiles. With a huge palette of colors to choose from, too, you can play with it to your heart’s content.

Now, if a mod look is more your thing, we bet that the alternating zig zig and straight line pattern that lines a São Paulo street floated your boat.

A playful pattern of cement tiles with straight and zig zag lines runs down a São Paulo street. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

You can recreate the tile installation simply by opting for Ardoz and Santander arranged in alternating squares. It would be a great choice for kitchen tile or even make a dramatic wall tile.

Alternating out Santander and Ardoz tile designs makes a bold tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Let the wonderful cement tiles of Brazil inspire you and your own imagination guide you to create your own concrete tile designs.

Living History: A Stroll through the Cement Tiles of Brazil

When you think of Brazil, the natural beauty of the Amazon and the man-made glamour of Carnival immediately spring to mind. They may be wholly different animals, but they have one thing in common: color. Lots of it. The vivid hues of the jungle and its flora and fauna. The bright shades of the floats and costumes. For us at Granada Tile, Brazil also means phenomenal cement tile, which captures the lively, bright spirit of the country. There’s a little something for every tile lover there—from lovely, traditional tile designs to more mod, contemporary styles.

First up: a stop at Confeitaria Columbo, a pastry shop with a rich history located right in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. For well over a century, it has been the go-to spot for artists, writers and politicians who flock to it. Designed to rival the elegance of Parisian patisseries, its décor features elaborate concrete floor tiles.

Established to rival the patisseries of Paris, with a design to match (featuring cement floor tiles), Confeitaria Columbo is in in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

More concrete tiles can be found at the Iglesia da Gloria, also in Rio. In a quiet color scheme befitting a church, the tile installation nonetheless add a lovely visual dimension to the neoclassical lines of the the building. The geometric design offers a treat for for the eyes.

Iglesia da Gloria, also in Rio, also features cement tiles in a sober gray, white and red palette. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

While traveling in Brazil, we also ran across some really fantastic examples of patchwork cement tile designs, which seems to capture the essential spirit of the country. In the northeastern state of Bahia, we happened upon a carpet of cement tiles in Salvador laid out in a patchwork pattern. Mixed together, they’re an unexpected and joyful tile installation.

Even outside Rio, cement tiles turn up, such as the fun patchwork floor in Salvadora. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

This has to be one of our favorite tile designs we discovered in Brazil: floor tiles in a pattern of alternating yellow and gray stripes and zigzags. It lines a sidewalk that stretches the length of a short street in São Paulo. Along it you’ll find chic restaurants and shops—the bold pattern makes it an even more fashionable destination.

A pattern of alternating geometries lines a sidewalk in Sao Paulo. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

For more tile photos from Brazil, head over to our installation gallery, where you can take in more of the country’s outstanding cement tile. If you’re headed there yourself, don’t forget to pay special attention to the ground and the walls—you never know when you’ll see some fantastic concrete tile. Be sure to take some photos, too! We love to see tile pictures from your travels.