Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)

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Granada Goes Forth: Looking for Floor Tile Inspiration in Colombia

Last year, Granada Tile‘s own Marcos and Melanie took a trip to Cartagena, Colombia. Why Colombia? Well, in the last few years, the country has become a popular travel destination with its mix of history, art, culture and natural beauty—not to mention it’s fair share of wonderful cement tile installations. They came home with tons of photos, some of which we’ve already shared. There were so many, though, we had to pick and choose. Today, we’ve got some more concrete tile photos from Colombia that are guaranteed to get you thinking about your own cement tile installation.

One of our favorite snaps they took featured an outstanding floor tile installation in a combination of blue and white. Now, we’re suckers for this pairing—it evokes the wonderful Delftware of the 16th century and beyond. Lining the floor of a hall, it strikes a great note of formality with its pattern of diamonds surrounded by a foliate border.

Cartagena hallway

Down a Cartagena, Colombia, hallway, a cement tile installation evokes classic European ceramic designs with its fresh combination of blue and white. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

In Colombia, it seems as if Marcos and Melanie found cement tile everywhere they turned, including in a small Cartagena cafe. The concrete tile they discovered has a bold pattern, but, since it has just a two-color palette, its boldness is tempered. We often show our cement tiles with multiple colors, but experimenting with just two shades can create some really great floor tile looks.

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A simple combination of pink and white cement tiles in a Cartagena cafe offers a delicate look. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

The moral of this story? No matter where you are, it pays to be on the look out for cement tile. You never know what you’ll find. You just might come across the inspiration for your next floor tile installation. Keep checking back here; in the coming weeks, we’ll share how to get some of these looks from Cartagena in your own tile installation.


Granada Goes Forth: A Trip to Cartagena, Colombia

Granada Tile‘s own Melanie and Marcos aren’t ones to let grass grow under their feet. They’re constantly on the move—talking to clients and seeking tile-design inspiration everywhere they go. Their latest trip has taken them to Cartagena, Colombia, the lush seaside resort town on the Caribbean, where they spent plenty of time searching out some stunning and unusual examples of cement tile. Looking through their tile photos, we were immediately drawn to the unique concrete tile designs that seem to flourish throughout the city.

While it may take its name from the Spanish town of Cartagena, we noticed that in addition to cement tiles with classic looks, some of the concrete tiles had anything but traditional feel to them. Today, we’ll share some of Melanie and Marcos’s great tile photos with you, and maybe you can bring some Caribbean flair to your next tile installation project. When you spend time in old cities where there’s a great regional legacy of cement tile, it stands to reason that there will be some stunning traditional tiles around every corner. That was exactly what Melanie and Marcos found in Cartagena: a rich assortment of tile installations featuring classic tile designs. One of the loveliest featured a pattern of strapwork in contrasting colors, pinwheels and a compass design—found in a Cartagena shop.

A stunning mix of traditional cement tile motifs appears on a floor in a Cartagena, Colombia, shop. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

One of the niftiest tile installations the pair happened to spot was a beauty in a Cartagena, Colombia, shop. It looks pretty traditional up to a point, but then take a closer look—it’s really a fun look and idea! The rows of cement tiles are off-set. And, half of the design is skipped on either side, giving the installation a truncated appearance. The result is sophisticated and chic.

Traditional at first glance, the tile design in a Cartagena, Colombia, shop takes liberties with its installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Elsewhere in Cartagena, Melanie and Marcos noticed tile installations that had a distinctly modern flair, such as the one in a café there, which features a big and bold pattern of white circles bordered by a pale green. The feel, we think, is very Sixties and looks stunning against the wood and rattan of the place’s furniture.

Big circles make a big statement in a Cartagena, Colombia, café’s tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Check back here in a few weeks, when we’ll give you some suggestions on how to get the look of Cartagena in your own tile installation. Of course, you can also experiment with tile designs of your own using our Echo Collection interactive catalogue. And, you never know, but some of these great cement tiles in Cartagena, Colombia, might inspire new tiles from Granada Tile.