Breaking News: Rustico Takes Center Stage in Nicaragua

Have you heard about Granda Tile‘s Rustico Tile Collection? Just like our flagship Echo Collectionof cement tile, the Rustico Tile Collection is made of concrete, so it’s tough and beautiful—evoking the warm tones, rich textures and timeless beauty of terracotta. And, given our painstaking manufacturing process, each and every cement Rustico Collection tile is unique! The cement tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors, from simple squares to more complex picket combinations.

Our classic Hexagon pattern in a large size. Image, Granada Tile.

Recently, several clients in Nicaragua, where we have a manufacturing facility, have chosen concrete tiles from the Rustico Tile Collection as their go-to flooring—inside and out. Mixing color, shape and even installation style, the homes are a tribute to the Rustico Tile Collection’s amazing versatility.

For a contemporary residence in a Spanish-style vein, the clients opted for square cement tiles from the Rustico Collection. Lining a pathway around the house, the classic design suggests cobbled walks and complements the house’s traditional architecture, while at the same time being very much of the moment.

Square tiles from the Rustico Collection line a pathway. Image, Granda Tile.

Using two sizes of cement tile from the Rustico Tile Collection indoors creates an entirely different mood for another Nicaragua house. By alternating large reddish squares and small black squares of concrete tile, the contrasting effect adds a note of rustic charm to the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

Now Nicaragua is rightly famed for it’s breathtaking landscapes. There are the jungles teeming with myriad plants and animals, along with two coasts’ worth of ocean views. We’re delighted that our concrete tile graces the deck around a pool overlooking the sea. The large-scale cement tiles frame the infinity-edge pool on two sides, helping to lend to the illusion of the water seamlessly dropping into blue depths below. Though understated, the size of the concrete tiles, their color and their sensuous texture enhance the drama of the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

These are marvelous houses—made even better with cement tiles from Granada Tile! If you’ve recently used Granada Tiles in a project, please don’t forget to share your images with us.

Breaking News: Rustico Takes Center Stage in Nicaragua

Have you heard about Granda Tile‘s Rustico Tile Collection? Just like our flagship Echo Collectionof cement tile, the Rustico Tile Collection is made of concrete, so it’s tough and beautiful—evoking the warm tones, rich textures and timeless beauty of terracotta. And, given our painstaking manufacturing process, each and every cement Rustico Collection tile is unique! The cement tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors, from simple squares to more complex picket combinations.

Our classic Hexagon pattern in a large size. Image, Granada Tile.

Recently, several clients in Nicaragua, where we have a manufacturing facility, have chosen concrete tiles from the Rustico Tile Collection as their go-to flooring—inside and out. Mixing color, shape and even installation style, the homes are a tribute to the Rustico Tile Collection’s amazing versatility.

For a contemporary residence in a Spanish-style vein, the clients opted for square cement tiles from the Rustico Collection. Lining a pathway around the house, the classic design suggests cobbled walks and complements the house’s traditional architecture, while at the same time being very much of the moment.

Square tiles from the Rustico Collection line a pathway. Image, Granda Tile.

Using two sizes of cement tile from the Rustico Tile Collection indoors creates an entirely different mood for another Nicaragua house. By alternating large reddish squares and small black squares of concrete tile, the contrasting effect adds a note of rustic charm to the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

Now Nicaragua is rightly famed for it’s breathtaking landscapes. There are the jungles teeming with myriad plants and animals, along with two coasts’ worth of ocean views. We’re delighted that our concrete tile graces the deck around a pool overlooking the sea. The large-scale cement tiles frame the infinity-edge pool on two sides, helping to lend to the illusion of the water seamlessly dropping into blue depths below. Though understated, the size of the concrete tiles, their color and their sensuous texture enhance the drama of the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

These are marvelous houses—made even better with cement tiles from Granada Tile! If you’ve recently used Granada Tiles in a project, please don’t forget to share your images with us.

Noticias de Último Momento: Rústico se destaca en Nicaragua

Ha escuchado usted acerca de la Colección de baldosas Rústico? Así como nuestra estrella Colección Colonial los ladrillos de la Colección Rústico está hecha de concreto, lo que la hace fuerte y hermosa – evocando los calidos tonos, ricas texturas y durable belleza del terracota. Y debido a nuestro cuidadoso proceso de producción, cada uno de las baldosas de cemento de la Colección Rústico es único. Los ladrillos vienen en una variedad de formas y colores, de sencillos cuadrados a combinaciones de picos mas complicadas.

Nuestro clásico diseño de Hexágono en tamaño grande. Imágen de Granada Tile.

Recientemente, varios clientes en Nicaragua -  donde nuestra fábrica esta ubicada, han seleccionado las baldosas de concreto de la Colección Rústico como su opción de pisos – tanto en interiores como exteriores. Combinando color, forma e incluso estilo de instalación. Las casas son un tributo a la increíble versatilidad de las baldosas de la Colección Rústico.

Para una residencia contemporánea de estilo Español, los clientes optaron por baldosas de cemento cuadradas de la Colección Rústico. Guiando la entrada alrededor de la casa, el diseño clásico nos recuerda un paseo adoquinado que se complementa con la arquitectura tradicional de la casa, siendo moderno al mismo tiempo.

Baldosas cuadradas de la Colección Rústico alinean una entrada. Imágen de Granada Tile.

Al utilizar dos tamaños de baldosas de cemento de la Colección Rústico en un interior se crea un ambiente completamente diferente. Al alternar grandes cuadrados rojos y pequeños cuadrados negros de baldosas de cemento, el efecto contrastante agrega una nota de encanto rústico al espacio.

Baldosas Rústicas  en una casa en Nicaragua. Imágen de Granada Tile.

Actualmente Nicaragua es famosa por sus impresionantes paisajes. Con bosques llenos de una gran variedad de plantas y animales junto con hermosas vistas de costas en dos oceanos. Estamos encantados de que nuestras baldosas de cemento decoren la cubierta alrededor de esta piscina con vista al mar. El amplio borde de baldosas de cemento alinean la piscina por dos lados, colaborando a dar la ilusión de que el agua cae directamente al mar. Sutilmente, el tamaño de las baldosas de cemento, su color y su textura resaltan lo impresionante del paisaje.

Rústico en la impresionante cubierta de esta piscina. Imágen de Granada Tile.

Estas son casas maravillosas – mejoradas aún mucho mas con las baldosas de Granada Tile. Si usted ha utilizado recientemente ladrillos de Granada Tile en su proyecto, favor no olvide compartir sus imágenes con nosotros.

Begin at the Beginning

Marcos building first hydraulic press

Marcos Cajina, Granada Tile's Founder and President, building his first hydraulic press

Welcome to the first ever Granada Tile blog. I have agonized about where to start. Should I show you pictures of the glorious floors of Granada, Nicaragua that inspired us to revive the fine art of cement tiles? Or should I regale you with exciting modern installations of our tiles in homes and restaurants and hotels? Should I profile the designers and architects and homeowners we have worked with? I finally realized that we would get to all of that in due course, but for now, I should begin at the beginning.

Marcos Cajina started Granada Tile in 2001 when he built a hydraulic press in his basement while living in Los Angeles and running an adult literacy organization. He spent several months learning how to replicate the tiles by experimenting with a variety of methods and materials. Soon, the ever-adventurous Marcos and his wife Melanie Stephens set off to France to further research the origins of the tiles. They visited public buildings and old estates to see the works of art in person and dug through specialty libraries to find texts about the origins of the cement tile production process. In 2004, Marcos set up production in Managua, Nicaragua with his nephew and hired skilled master craftsmen to create the Echo Collection.

Begin at the Beginning

Marcos building first hydraulic press

Marcos Cajina, Granada Tile's Founder and President, building his first hydraulic press

Welcome to the first ever Granada Tile blog. I have agonized about where to start. Should I show you pictures of the glorious floors of Granada, Nicaragua that inspired us to revive the fine art of cement tiles? Or should I regale you with exciting modern installations of our tiles in homes and restaurants and hotels? Should I profile the designers and architects and homeowners we have worked with? I finally realized that we would get to all of that in due course, but for now, I should begin at the beginning.

Marcos Cajina started Granada Tile in 2001 when he built a hydraulic press in his basement while living in Los Angeles and running an adult literacy organization. He spent several months learning how to replicate the tiles by experimenting with a variety of methods and materials. Soon, the ever-adventurous Marcos and his wife Melanie Stephens set off to France to further research the origins of the tiles. They visited public buildings and old estates to see the works of art in person and dug through specialty libraries to find texts about the origins of the cement tile production process. In 2004, Marcos set up production in Managua, Nicaragua with his nephew and hired skilled master craftsmen to create the Echo Collection.

Inicie por el Principio

Marcos building first hydraulic press

Marcos Cajina, Fundador y Presidente de Granada Tile, construyendo su primera prensa hidráulica

Bienvenidos al primer blog de Granada Tile. Ha sido difícil decidir por donde iniciar. ¿Debería acaso mostrarle primero fotos de los gloriosos pisos de cemento en Granada, Nicaragua que nos inspiro a revivir el fino arte de creación de mosaicos de cemento? o ¿debería mostrarles inspiradoras fotos de instalaciones modernas de nuestros mosaicos en casas, restaurantes y hoteles? o ¿debería mostrarles los perfiles de los diseñadores, arquitectos y propietarios de casa con los que hemos trabajado? Finalmente me di cuenta que podría abordar todos estos temas en el transcurso del tiempo, pero por ahora, debería empezar por el principio.

Marcos Cajina comenzó con Granada Tile en el 2001 cuando construyó una prensa hidráulica en el sótano de su casa en Los Ángeles, mientras dirigía una organización Educativa sin fines de lucro para adultos. Él paso varios meses aprendiendo a replicar los mosaicos experimentando con una gran variedad de métodos y materiales. Pronto, el siempre aventurero Marcos y su esposa Melanie Stephens realizaron un viaje a Francia para profundizar su búsqueda sobre el origen de los mosaicos. Ellos visitaron edificios públicos y antiguas propiedades para ver en persona las obras de arte reflejados en los pisos de cemento e investigaron a profundidad textos en bibliotecas especializadas sobre el proceso de producción de mosaicos de cemento. En el 2004, Marcos inició la producción de mosaicos de cemento en Managua, Nicaragua con su sobrino y contrató hábiles artesanos para así crear la Colección Colonial.