Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)

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Get the Look: Inspired by Egypt

Over the last few months, we’ve introduced you to some of Granada Tile‘s new cement tile designs, shared a host of concrete tile installation ideas and taken you on tours of new cement tile installations in residences and restaurants. There’s been so much going on, in fact, that we haven’t had a moment to follow up on a post from a while back. We’re remedying that today and giving you some suggestions on how to get the look of some of Egypt’s cement tile in your own tile installation project.

One of the most interesting ideas we found was the use of patterned rectangular tiles to create a courses of design. We’ve got plenty of border options to choose from, including our Girasol border, which, with its acanthus-like motif, effortlessly suggests ancient Egypt. Try installing parallel rows of the cement tile or get a little crazy and alternate the orientation of the concrete tiles to make an intriguing tile installation.


Parallel rows of our Girasol border tile design make for a novel tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

It wasn’t just floral motifs that caught our attention. We loved the design of squares we spotted too. For a similar vibe, try incorporating our Lorca tile design. It has a great pattern of inset squares that looks great just about anywhere. As with our other Echo Collection tile designs, you can play with the tiles to come up with complex and surprising looks.


The inset squares of our Lorca tile design make for a fascinating tile installation. tile photo, Granada Tile.

We’ve been inspired by Egyptian design ourselves. Both our Khufu tile design and our Luxor tile design take their names and design roots from Egypt. We’ve shown you before just how versatile Khufu can be. Luxor is just as versatile and offers a simple, strong pattern for just about any tile installation—whether it’s for a tile backsplash or kitchen tile, bathroom tile or wall tiles.


Luxor features a simple, effective arrangement of triangles and can me manipulated in many different ways to create compelling tile installations. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Inspired? Or are you looking for more tile inspiration from across the globe? Be sure to   check out our historic tile installations pages. The world is truly your cement tile oyster!

Living History: A Stroll on Egypt’s Cement Tile

Quick. Name the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Egypt. It was pyramids, right? Or maybe pharaohs? Cement tile, unless, of course, you’re us here at Granada Tile, didn’t make the top three, let alone the top 20. Concrete tile, though, has a long and rich tradition in Egypt. Today, we’ll take you on a tour in tile photos of another facet of Egyptian design.

As is the case with historic cement tile found around the rest of the world, a vast amount of the concrete tile installations in Egypt date from the material’s salad days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The tile designs themselves reflect decorative ideas popular throughout the world at the time rather than a particularly Egyptian look.

Up first is a great tile installation from Cairo. At first glance, the tile design seems simple—just a pattern of vary triangles and squares in various colors. Look more closely, though, and you realize just how detailed the tile layout is and how sophisticated the palette. We love tile installations that ask you to study them in order to appreciate how marvelous they are.

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A simple tile installation on closer inspection reveals layers of geometric complexity. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Often, the cement tile installations we share with you are decidedly geometric, but every once in a while we run across a few that are less abstract. That’s the case with a stunning tile installation also in Cairo—a lovely tile carpet just five tiles across. The design features stylized flowers bordered in with a vine design in a fresh, springy palette of greens, pinks and yellows.

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A stunning floral carpet of cement tile rendered in fresh, spring-like colors. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Last but not least, we thought another Cairo cement tile design was especially lovely and unusual. Rather than having a tile installation featuring a central decorative tile design surrounded by a border, this particular example features five parallel courses of tile with daisy motifs. It’s unusual and unexpected and might make for a fantastic cement tile installation idea for your own project.

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Long courses of a daisy-chain like pattern appear in a tile carpet in Cairo. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Check back in a few weeks, when we’ll show you how to get the look of Egyptian cement tiles in your own tile installations. If you can’t wait, visit our interactive Echo Collection catalogue to get some tile design ideas in the meantime.