Living History: The Cement Tile Riches of Nicaragua


Long-time readers of Granada Tile‘s Cement Tile Blog will know this already: It was walking around Granada, Nicaragua, as a young boy that planted the idea of cement tile in Marcos Cajina’s mind. As the company he and Melanie Stephens founded has grown, the cement tile designs of Nicaragua have been a continued source of concrete tile design inspiration, so today we thought we’d share more tile photos of antique cement tile from Nicaragua. At a hotel in Nicaragua, Marcos and Melanie snapped a photo of an amazing tile floor. It’s a lively, complex pattern of abstract forms in an earthy palette of reds and yellows. We love how a complementary cement tile border highlights a section of the tile design and creates an inset carpet of concrete tiles. It’s a great design idea, if you’re looking to break up space in a large tile installation yourself.

Cement tile design hotel
 A lively and abstract cement tile design discovered by Marcos at a hotel in Nicaragua. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Here’s another great cement tile installation from a hotel—this time the Gran Francia in Granada. The main tile design features a quatrefoil pattern. Inside the tile design, it’s sprigged with flowers. Around it, a Greek key–pattern border is itself bordered with a checkerboard design. By keeping all the hues in the same family, the mix of patterns remains unified and not busy at all.

Three tile designs in Granada.
 The Hotel Gran Francia in Granada, Nicaragua, offers not one but three stunning tile designs in a floor tile installation. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

It seems that hotels might have the monopoly on outstanding cement tile installations, if the photos Melanie and Marcos have shared with us are any indication. In yet another Granada hotel, this time the Hotel Dario, there’s yet another fantastic tile installation. It’s a similarly complex tile installation featuring three distinct concrete tile designs: a large medallion pattern, a Greek key motif and a star motif. The tile designs are rendered more complex with the addition of various colors depending on the location of the tiles. Again, it’s an outstanding tile idea for when you’ve got a lot of space to cover and want to vary the visual interest.

Hotel Dario tile installation.
 At the Hotel Dario, the cement floor tile installation takes the cake for complexity. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Tomorrow, we’ll show you how to get the look with Granada Tile designs inspired by the cement tiles of Nicaragua. You’ll get some great cement tile ideas. 


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