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Process

Handmade metal molds are formed to create the design. These molds look similar to large cookie cutters.

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About the Tiles

For those who have never seen installed cement tile floors, it must seem inconceivable that a material used in road construction can also be manufactured into a floor that is sophisticated and elegant
– Zoe Voigt, American writer

Cement tile was first manufactured in the mid-nineteenth century to cover floors with novel designs, bold colors and to withstand footprints and the passage of time. Placed on the ground, walls or roofs; anything cement tiles cover becomes art.

The tiles are an ingenious combination of cement, marble powder, water, sand, pigments, time and patience. Great durability, strength and versatility. A technique that uses a mold to make designs in many colors and a press to harden the tiles without requiring heat. The absence of kilns and high temperatures in the manufacturing process differentiates these tiles from other pavers. Cement tiles are therefore considered to be a ‘green’ or ecological product because the elements and process required for manufacturing them are natural.

Manufacturing cement tiles is a pure art form that has been passed on from generation to generation. Each piece that leaves our warehouse bears the pride of these artisans for whom these tiles represent; not only the fruit of their labor, but also the heritage of a tradition. As these tiles are the work of artisans, slight imperfections, irregular edges and the appearance of fine crazing lines are inherent to this product. These characteristics add to the tiles natural appeal and do not compromise its performance.

Sabine Hill tiles are suitable as wall and floor coverings for residential and commercial environments – and appropriate for both interior and exterior applications, based on weather conditions. Please refer to the technical page for additional information.