Encaustic tiles were first made in Europe in the late 19th century. They were used to decorate the floors of palaces in St. Petersburg, Gaudi’s distinctive houses in Barcelona, and grand hallways from Paris to Saigon. Today they are to be found in countless chic bars, restaurants and designer-homes in London, Paris and New York. Ca’ Pietra’s collection of hand-made decorative tiles are made using the ‘encaustic’ technique with cement where the pattern is inlaid into the body of the tile, so that the design and colour remain, even as the tile wears. These differ from ceramic tiles, where the surface pattern is the product of the finishing glaze printed on the surface.
It’s said that ‘terrazzo’ was created by builders in Venice as a low-cost flooring material to surface the outdoors areas around their living quarters. Originally it consisted of chips of scrap marble set in clay and then sealed with goat’s milk! Nowadays, of course, it is produced by industrial grinders and set with man-made resins.
Our collection is still made by hand but using natural pigments, cement and marble chips. The tiles come ready to install and require only a coat of sealer before and after grouting.
These on-trend terrazzo tiles retain their vintage, handmade charm, but the marble content makes them very durable and perfect for commercial use.
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