Our cement tiles are handmade in our workshop in Tangier by smart craftsmen with remarkably talented hands. They prise on working each encaustic tile meticulously. The traditional method allows a finished product that is particularly soft to the eye and to the touch, nuanced by a little roughness, making each tile unique.
Behind the curtain – the making of our cement tiles
Our artisans start by moulding a mixture of pigments, cement and marble powder. They work on each pattern with a brass divider, like a stencil, applying each colour by hand. Our cement tiles hold a large concentration of marble powder (50%) that gives density and depth to their colours.
The wearing course (first layer) is 4 to 5 mm thick, it represents the coloured pattern. The next part is a structural layer, serving as a support to the encaustic tile and is made of cement, sand and granite. Once full, the mould goes under a press and is then un-moulded. 24 hours later, the tiles are immersed into a water bath for a few hours that will allow the final solidification. Cement tiles will then need to dry for several weeks depending on humidity and the season before being boxed and sent out for delivery. The drying time is the step from which the colours will settle.
This making process explains the necessary lead time after ordering. That said, your patience will be rewarded by getting an exceptional quality product with subtle shade variations. A renowned and tested quality, insuring you a material longevity over few generations.
Cement tiles and regulations
Cement tiles are neither regulated nor certified by European or national certifying bodies. However, Bahya cement tiles are non-flammable, with little porosity and a low slippery coefficient, even in areas with high humidity. These characteristics make them perfectly suitable for use in bathrooms. Outdoor use is possible as long as the area of use is not subject to frost and is covered/roofed. Finally, tests of bending resistance and breakage due to weight show way better results compared to ceramic tiles.