Granada Goes Forth: Exploring the Cement Tile of Brazil

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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. 

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