Living History: A Walk about the Cement Tile of Guatemala


On their trips around Latin America, Melanie and Marcos have the chance to see stunning cement tile pretty much everywhere they go—given the region’s embrace of the material in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Often, these trips turn into inspiration for new tile designs for Granada Tile, and the time they’ve spent in Guatamala is no exception. No matter where they turn on their visits there, they glimpse concrete tiles that suggest an element or an entire pattern for a tile. In Guatemala, great historic concrete tiles seem to pop up everywhere, including at a chic furniture store in Antigua. There, the concrete tiles cover the floor of a colonnade setting the scene for the lovely wares. Melanie and Marcos loved the tile installation with its alternating squares of solid and patterned tile bordered by a fretwork tile design.

 A historic tile installation in Antigua, Guatemala, features simple solid-colored cement tile squares punctuated by stylized floral tiles. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

A stately pattern of hexagons and squares leads to the altar at historic church in Antigua, Guatemala. The subtle color scheme strikes the right note and the pattern tile design is eye-catching and keeps up the visual interest across the large space.

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 The couple discovered a stately cement tile installation at an Antigua, Nicaragua, church. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

As stunning as these tile designs, are we feel like we saved the best tile for last. The floor tile installation in an Antigua, Guatemala, theater really knocked Melanie and Marcos for a loop. The contrasting blue seems almost as if it’s inlaid into the tile installation, but it’s really all of a piece. For sheer dynamism, this cement tile installation can’t be beat.

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 In a theater in Antigua, Guatemala, Melanie and Marcos discovered a beyond-amazing tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Check back here soon for some ideas on how you can bring a little Guatemalan flair to your next cement tile installation be it for your kitchen tile, bathroom tile or somewhere else, using cement tiles from our Echo Collection.   [subscribe2]


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