Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)

Cement Tiles Around the World (Infographic)


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Living History: More Cement Tile from Casco Viejo, Panama

A few weeks back, we shared some magnificent cement tile designs that Granada Tile‘s Marcos and Melanie ran across while on a trip to Panama’s Casco Viejo, or Old Quarter, a stunning and recently revitalized district that dates all the way back to the 16th century, when its citizens decided to rebuild after a sacking at the hands of a notorious pirate. The place and the story are too good to leave to just one post, so we thought we’d share a few more stunning tile photos with you.

First though, a little context. Over the years, Casco Viejo, Panama, fell into serious disrepair, but with its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the old quarter’s fortunes began to look up. Now, Casco Viejo is the second most popular tourist destination in Panama after the Panama Canal—truly a stunning reversal of fortunes!

Over the years, Casco Viejo fell into ruin. Structures such as this dilapidated building were sadly more than rule than the exception. Photo, Granada Tile.

The area is now brimming with shops and restaurants, including this charming bar, with a lovely pastel-hued floral pattern cement tile installation. We love the great quatrefoils the tile design forms and the interesting use of the border. Rather than outlining the perimeter of the cement tile installation, the border runs through the design, so the same tile pattern appears on either side of it.

A lovely floral tile design and clever use of a cement tile border in a Casco, Viejo, Panama, bar. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Strolling around Casco Viejo, Panama, there are cement tile installations can be spotted at every turn and behind many doors. A classic star tile design, reminiscent of an American quilt pattern, was behind a worn door. Unsurprisingly, given the durability of cement tile, the concrete tile itself was in much better shape. The lovely three-dimensional border is an elegant touch.

Behind a time-worn door, a beautiful glimpse of cement tile in Panama’s Casco Viejo. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

If you’re planning a trip to Casco Viejo, Panama, any time soon, be sure keep an eye out for the stunning cement tile the lines the floors and walls of the Old Quarter. Take photos and share it with us. We’d love to see it.

Living History: A Tile Tale in Panama

We’re suckers for a good swashbuckling story—and cement tile, and today we have both for you! Casco Viejo (the Old Quarter), Panama, owes its start to a pirate named Henry Morgan. In typically piratical fashion, Morgan laid waste to the city of Panama Viejo in 1671, looting and destroying it. When the citizens started to rebuild, they chose the a location that would be safer and easier to defend and Casco Viejo was born. In 1997, UNESCO named Casco Viejo, with its stunning 16th- and 17th-century Spanish Colonial architecture, a World Heritage Site. Since then, it has become a destination, drawing visitors from around the world. As is the case with many historic areas around the globe, there’s also an abundance of cement tile, which, since we’re Granada Tile and we love cement tile, we’ll share with you today!

Let’s start our tour of Casco Viejo at a small tourist shop, while not exactly a design marvel (although it does feature Panama hats!), the cement floor tile installation is simple and lovely, with a field of green and white squares and stars surrounded by a border with simple circles.

Panama hats and a simple cement tile installation appear at a tourist shop in the Casco Viejo section of Panama City. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Now this photo isn’t marvelous, we agree,  but we thought the tile design was just too interesting to pass up. Melanie and Marcos spied this down a dimly lit corridor. We thought it was stunning. The graceful, feather shapes on the tiles create a dynamic sense of movement on the floor.

Spotted down a dimly lit corridor in Casco Viejo, a lovely cement tile installation featuring a feathery design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

There are plenty of more elaborate and traditional tile installations in Casco Viejo. In a small lobby, Melanie and Marcos came across a great tile design in shades of red, green and yellow. Set against the stone walls and classic architectural details, it provides just the right amount of excitement for the space.

A more traditional and elaborate tile installation in a bCasco Viejo uilding’s small lobby. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

For more tile installation photos from Casco Viejo, head over to our historic tile installation page. While you’re at it, check out our Echo Collection‘s interactive catalogue and see similar tile designs perfect for your next kitchen tile or bathroom tile installation. Happy looking!