Granada Tile makes eco-friendly, handmade cement tiles using a technique developed 150 years ago in France. Marcos Cajina and Melanie Stephens fell in love with these style tiles on a 2000 visit to Grenada, Nicaragua, a stunning colonial city bursting with historic cement tiles from the early 1900s.
They went to France to learn the technique then came back and set up shop in Grenada, starting a factory that makes the eco-friendly, sensational cement tiles. "Not only are these handmade cement tiles strong, durable and scratch and stain resistant, they have a vintage beauty that can be very versatile," says Marcos. "The tiles’ bold patterns and dynamic colors can look just as beautiful in a historic mansion as in a new loft."
You may have seen them at chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills or at 1534, a hip bar underneath Jacques restaurant in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.