Each cement tile is handmade by artisans in a remote region of Portugal to a method dating back to the Cistercian monks of the 12th Century. It is fair to say that few tile collections are still made to this method. This art goes from father to son and could disappear if continuity doesn’t occur. Coloured pigments are poured into moulds set on a cement base. This method - known as Encaustic - means the coloured pigments penetrate deep into the tile rather than surface applied.
Each tile contains 80% marble dust sourced locally.  The marble dust acts as a bonding agent and gives the matte finish and colour quality. No glazing or kiln process are involved. The tile is then compressed with a heavy press, following which the tile is transferred outside and baked under the blazing heat of the sun - a process of up to one month.
Since each tile is handmade using traditional techniques no two tiles are the same and each will have imperfections that are intrinsic to the handmade process. These tiles will wear extremely well (subject to careful handling and appropriate cleaning methods) and gain a patina that will enhance over time. In short, each tile will age with beauty. To ensure longevity CDC recommends FILA sealant products for bespoke treatment and maintenance to internal and external laid encaustic cement tiles
The encaustic cement tiles are ideal for rooms that connect internal with external spaces: hallway, porch and studio, with balcony, patio and terrace. Nosing profiles allow for the encaustic cement tiles to be used in the construction of steps & staircases. The tiles are also suitable for bathrooms and kitchens to both floor and wall. Prices start from £85 m2 excluding VAT & shipping. For sample request please email info@craftdesignconstruction.co.uk