Maison Bahya goes beyond Victorian encaustic tiles
In favour of the trendy wave of Victorian floor tiles and other vintage floor tiles, the encaustic tiles uk interest has come back strong in interior design. We love rediscovering old patterns and modernise their colourways.
We are also giving the cement tiles uk market a creative twist with our creations of contemporary patterns that are incredibly decorative, sometimes lower key and airy compared to traditional cement tile patterns. The manufacturing techniques of cement tiles enables infinite creative possibilities that we are exploring ourselves or in collaboration with guest designers.
Discover Maison Bahay’s cement tiles collection
Our cement tiles can be used to create beautiful features around the house, starting from the kitchen floor tiles or kitchen splashbacks, a parquet flooring tiles in the living room or an entrance hall, and also a bathroom splashback or wet room floor tiles. The possibilities are endless…
As opposed to floor tiles that lack personality, cement tiles from Maison Bahya give any room a very personal touch to your interior according to your own taste. That is the reason why all our tiles are made to order, so that you can choose your very own colours and where they are placed within the pattern.
We offer three categories of cement tiles patterns:
The great classics are unmissable patterns that you probably know already. Old or contemporary, there are not exclusive to us. But you can make them unique to you by personalising their colours with our simulator.
Maison Bahya’s creations are original patterns that we have designed. From our inspirations to our research, we create exclusive encaustic tiles, all of which are customisable.
Designers’ collections are the result of collaborations with designers to whom we love their creative environments. They happily play the tiles design game by designing awesome patterns that work incredibly well on repetition. The colourways of those collections tend to be pre-set. However, do not hesitate to make some special request to us by email.
Creation of bespoke cement tile patterns
Bahya Studio is a service that offers bespoke design of cement tile patterns. Open to the general public, architects and designers; the hand in hand work process with Bahya Studio is particularly rich in order to strengthen the identity of places such as boutiques, restaurants, hotels or even head offices. No matter if your ideas are at its starting point, a work in progress or already established, we will analyse your needs and help you create wall and floor tiles that will match your story line.
The story of the authentic cement tile
The first cement tile was born around 1850 in Viviers, France. Its aesthetics and technical qualities have rapidly seduced a bourgeois clientele, which in turn helped the development of its production between Marseille and Avignon in the south of France. As time went, this material became wide spread and could be seen in more modest houses all across Europe and its colonies. This crafting technique has then been implanted around the world: cement tile also known as encaustic tile is used in Latin American houses as well as Moroccan palaces and even in Vietnamese temples.
A momentum slowed down with the arrival on the market of industrial glazed ceramic tiles in the 50s. Against this aggressive competition, the making of cement tile died across Europe in the 70s.
Luckily, the know-how of this traditional tile making has been passed on outside of our borders. Morocco is now the lead producer of this beautiful artisan crafted material.
Maison Bahya and cement tile: the love for beautiful materials
All of our cement tiles are produced in our small workshop in Tangier, Morocco by our loyal craftsmen who have been part of this venture since 2015.
Our cement tiles are patiently handcrafted one by one. They are not fired in a kiln and need to account for a drying time of a few days before being shipped.
As opposed to a terracotta tile, a cement tile is uncooked clay.
Another particularity of cement tile is that the colours are within the mass of the tiles rather than painted on the surface: the colour pigments makes the first layer of the tile and its thickness is approximately 4mm.
This way, cement tiles display a real depth of colours and textures that allow their renovation possible: used or damaged cement tiles can therefore be gently sanded and bring back the original freshness of colours present on the visible surface.
Cement tiles are well known for their large and repetitive patterns, which gives plenty of character and charm to floors, walls, in a kitchen, an entry hall or a bathroom.
However, plain cement tiles are equally interesting: they are characterised by their colour variations and their vibrant texture that show a patina over time.