Sabine Hill boasts modern and organic designs infused with the traditional process of creating cement tile. Each piece that Sabine Hill creates bears the seal of an artisans touch. With slight imperfections and irregular edges, these characteristics add to the tile’s natural appeal. Cement tile is suitable for wall and floor coverings for commercial and residential use.
Sabine Hill Booth at Coverings. Their “kinetic” pattern pops out on the floor.
Cement tile first appeared in the late 19th century in France and its use quickly spread into Europe, Latin America and the United States, primarily in California. Its popularity began to wane in the 1940’s but now cement tile is making its comeback in a huge way. With Sabine Hill’s innovative, geometric and organic designs, many styles can be achieved in a residential or commercial application.
Sabine Hill’s “calypso” pattern.
Unlike other patterned tile, the custom placement of cement tile can drastically change the overall design.
See how Sabine Hill’s “bluff” pattern changes from one design layout to the next!
How is Cement Tile Made?
Sabine Hill’s cement tiles are made by hand; one at a time using a metal mold that creates the design. These metal molds resemble large cookie cutters. The tiles are then left to air dry, much like ordinary industrial cement. The next step is color; a layer made of white Portland cement, white marble powder, sand, water and mineral pigments is hand poured onto the tile, section by section.
The “tilt” mold resembles a large cookie cutter
A second and third layer of cement is applied to the tile, which is then pressed using a hydraulic press. Once the process is complete, tiles are left to cure on a cooling rack for an additional day. Since clay is not used to produce cement tile, the use of a kiln or any high-temperature curing process is absent, thus contributing to cement tile’s cost effectiveness and Eco-friendly properties. Due to its handmade nature, cement tile ranks high along with many other high-end tile types.
Hand pouring of the color layer (left) and the final product (right).
Various layouts of the “tilt” pattern
Cement tile is making a big splash at All Natural Stone and we hope that you’ll become just as obsessed as we are! If you’re thinking of making the switch to cement, check out our cement tile displays at our San Jose, Burlingame and Pleasanton showrooms!