At Zia Tile, we have passion for all things cement tile. Our Tahquitz tile uses simple geometric shapes that reference Navajo rug patterns. As one of our Modern tile designs, it has a southwestern style. Tahquitz cement tiles are perfect for bathrooms, showers, and flooring applications. They are also especially relevant for use in kitchen backsplashes, kitchen floors, powder rooms and outdoor patios. They are timeless, durable, and endlessly variable. Find over a hundred unique designs like our Tahquitz tile at ziatile.com
The French and Catalans were the first to use the technique in the 1850’s both in France and in Barcelona. The complex patterns used in the tiles are due to an interest in ancient cultures, most notably Moorish and Moroccan art. As a result, the tiles spread throughout Europe as a high quality flooring material and then onto former European colonies in Latin America, North Africa, and Vietnam.
We make cement tiles like our Tahquitz pattern by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and a hydraulic press. Our Tahquitz tiles are unique and one of a kind, as each tile will be subtly different from the next. The individual patterns are made by applying separate pigments, one by one, in a handmade copper mold. The process is incredibly delicate, requiring skilled artisans with years of experience.
Our Tahquitz cement tiles are not fired in a kiln because there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. As a result, their production has a much lower carbon footprint compared to ceramic tiles. Not only are they eco friendly, they are also incredibly durable, lasting well over a century. Each tile has an endless array of patterns and 100+ custom colors to choose from, though many people prefer our black and white tile. Zia Tile is affordable luxury for every home.