Handmade Encaustic Tiles
Encaustic tiles, otherwise known as Hydraulic tiles, are cast in a mould using a mixture of tinted cement, fine sand and ground marble. The top layer of this mixture is colour-tinted. So, instead of a thin coat of paint or print, the colour is integral to the tile and goes approx 5mm deep. They are not kiln-fired, but dried for 28 days in fresh air. The production process is carried out by hand, in the same way it has been for over 200 years.
Wide Range of Patterns
Our encaustic cement tiles come in a wonderful range of patterns, with a wide variety of borders to match. Colour combinations can be individually chosen with the help of our interactive tile choosers. Please note, we currently have two choosers: Tile Chooser 1 has over 80 patterns/colours and is html-based, so works on iPads and iPhones etc. Tile Chooser 2 (Flash) shows the patterns a bit clearer and may work better on Android phones. The interactive chooser shows the most popular patterns, please download the pdf below for the full range. We also have a range of geometric cubic patterns.
Floor tiles are 22mm thick, while wall tiles are made to a thickness of 18mm.
Bespoke design commissions are welcomed, too, on receipt of a drawing or photograph.
Prices & Tiles in Stock
Newly handmade encaustic tiles start from around £85 per square metre including delivery, depending on the quantity and the colours/pattern chosen. Tiles with less intricate designs and less colours are the least expensive. The Tile Design PDF above shows the full range (including many patterns not yet on the chooser), but currently only a couple of prices, as prices are changing on 1 March 2014. The Tiles in Stock PDF shows what is currently in stock in Spain, although those marked 'agotado' are sold out. We also have patchwork stock, and Design 4 (Comb 6) and Design 10 (Comb 1) in stock in London.
We also stock a wide selection of reclaimed encaustic tiles.
Please click on the thumbnails below to see some examples of encaustic tiles in situ.