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Cuban Tile Photos - Photos of Tiles in Cuba


 

Cement tiles have a long history in Cuba—the first factory there opened for business in 1886 and many more followed. Now, cement tiles line the patios, walkways, walls and floors of Cuba, with patterns ranging from Spanish-inspired to Art Nouveau to Art Deco. Amid graceful structures, the bright hues of the Cuban cement tiles enliven public and private spaces alike.

 
Two Boys, Two Bikes, and a Ton of Historic Cement Tile
 
Two Boys, Two Bikes, and a Ton of Historic Cement Tile
 

Despite lots of pedestrian and bicycle traffic, these historic cement tile floors are as vibrant as ever in Havana, Cuba.

 
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Spacious Cuban Dining Room with Historic Cement Tile Floors
 
Spacious Cuban Dining Room with Historic Cement Tile Floors
 

This Cuban dining room and living room are held together by a carpet of historic cement tile floors with a nautical motif.

 
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An Intimate Living Room with Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 
An Intimate Living Room with Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 

This homey Cuban living room mixes it up with two distinctive historic cement tile patterns: one based on the star cross theme and the other a stylized wave.

 
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Fabulous Cuban Historic Cement Tiles in a Dingy Corridor
 
Fabulous Cuban Historic Cement Tiles in a Dingy Corridor
 

These intricate Cuban historic cement tiles have the misfortune of finding themselves in foresaken, nondescript corridor in Havana, Cuba.

 
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Shopping on Historic Cement Tile Floors in Havana, Cuba
 
Shopping on Historic Cement Tile Floors in Havana, Cuba
 

These historic Cuban cement tile floors do not seem much the worse for wear in this shop in Havana, Cuba. The next two photos show close ups of the individual cement tile motifs in this room.

 
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Close up of Energetic Historic Cement Tile Design in La Habana, Cuba
 
Close up of Energetic Historic Cement Tile Design in La Habana, Cuba
 

This historic Cuban cement tile design practically wiggles across the floor with its high energy pattern. Check out the next photo of the matching border tile.

 
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Unusual Historic Cement Tile Border in Havana, Cuba
 
Unusual Historic Cement Tile Border in Havana, Cuba
 

This unusual historic cement border tile with its pulsating geometric waves works well with the high energy field tile in the shop in Havana, Cuba.

 
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Exquisite Cement Tile Floor in Havana, Cuba
 
Exquisite Cement Tile Floor in Havana, Cuba
 

This lovely, lyrical historic cement tile floor remains blissfully intact in a rundown room in Havana, Cuba. The next two photos show close ups of the individual tile patterns.

 
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Pink and Green Floral Detail #1 in La Habana Cement Tile Floors
 
Pink and Green Floral Detail #1 in La Habana Cement Tile Floors
 

Here's the close-up of the previous cement tile floor in La Habana, Cuba. Look at the way the overarching shell shape, highlighted in black, embraces the blooming flower in the center.

 
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Pink and Green Floral Detail #2 in La Habana Cement Tile Floors
 
Pink and Green Floral Detail #2 in La Habana Cement Tile Floors
 

Who could not be charmed by this rounded star shape edged in greenery and highlighted by pink, green and black pompoms? Cement tile floors in La Habana are a unique treasure to be savored.

 
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Heraldry in Historic Cuban Cement Tile Floors
 
Heraldry in Historic Cuban Cement Tile Floors
 

Heraldic imagery doesn't generally come to mind when I think of historic cement tile floors in Cuba, but this red, yellow and black section of floor with the eagle crests is most charming.

 
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Part 1 of Whimsical Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 
Part 1 of Whimsical Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 

I love the sense of motion - teetering and flying - in this whimsical historic Cuban cement tile. The intense mustard and green colors, outlined in black, make this Cuban tile all the more lively.

 
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Part 2 of Whimsical Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 
Part 2 of Whimsical Historic Cuban Cement Tiles
 

I don't entirely know what to make of this pattern. Is it modern? Is it straight off the Batmobile? This whimsical historic Cuban cement tile defies easy definition but is still pleasant and intriguing.

 
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Bursts of Color in Historic Cuban Cement Tile
 
Bursts of Color in Historic Cuban Cement Tile
 

This Historical Cuban cement tile doesn't pull it's punches. It gives you lots of pattern and lots of warm, saturated color.

 
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Christmas is Historic Cuban Tiles
 
Christmas is Historic Cuban Tiles
 

I have never encountered cement tiles before that were so specifically seasonal as these historic Cuban tiles. On the other hand, what's so bad about being reminded of Christmas all year round?

 
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More Historic Cuban Cement Tile Details
 
More Historic Cuban Cement Tile Details
 

These historic Cuban cement tiles combine rigorous geometric forms with pure whimsy. This cement tile, spotted in a private home in Cuba, adds a splash of pink and red for drama without going over the top.

 
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and Yet More Historic Cuban Cement Tile details
 
and Yet More Historic Cuban Cement Tile details
 

The delicate ribbon on a bright red background, accented by bright blue flowers, makes for a happy and elegant combination on this historic Cuban cement floor tile.

 
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Classic black and white cement tiles in Havana, Cuba
 
Classic black and white cement tiles in Havana, Cuba
 

Checkmate for this classic black and white combination in a striking Cuban cement tile entryway in La Habana, Cuba.

 
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