I keep seeing a gorgeous tile on Pinterest. I did some researching and found out that this tile, with a Dandelion pattern, is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedish company Marrakech Design. Dandelion is a hexagonal tile influenced by Arabic patterns and geometry. The cement tiles are handmade in Morocco (Marrakesh) in a traditional manufacturing method. The patterns are obviously inspired by classical Arabic geometry. By laying the tiles in various ways each pattern opens the opportunity to create several new different macro-patterns. Including a random factor that provides non-repetitive formations.
Some information about these kind of tiles: cement tiles are made using a process developed in Southern France in the second half of the 19th century. Today, however, Morocco is the major production center. Cement tiles are made by hand with the help of metallic molds and a hydraulic press. The raw materials are Portland cement, sand, marble powder, water and color pigments. Contrary to ceramic tiles, cement tiles are not exposed to firing but gain their stregth from curing. The pigment layer is about 3-4 mm which gives the tiles a long life span. Each cement tile is individually made and variations in thickness, size and color as well as imperfections like irregular edges and corners as well as pattern contours being partly blurred are inherent to the manufacturing process. These characteristics add to the tiles’ natural appeal and do not compromise performance.
Image source: 1. S. Degges, via Kinfolk | 2. & 4. Kodde Architecten | 3., 5., & 9. Claesson Koivisto Rune | 6. S. Degges, via Kinfolk, M tile & design, Marrakech Design | 7., 8. & 11. Marrakech Design | 10. L. Bamford for Dwell.