White and Black Castel Carocim Tile (8" x 8")
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Carocim stay true to history. Each tile is artisan made, using the same classic hydraulic presses that were first introduced in France in 1850. In 1950, the last French manufacturer of cement tiles closed it doors and what little of the almost extinct process moved to Morocco, under the French protectorate. The stunning and lively floors with detailed colored motifs were almost lost in history forever. Christian Berthéas, trained as a Building Architect, rediscovered the beauty and importance of traditional cement tiles while on a trip to Morocco. Upon his discovery, Berthéas founded the company Carocim in 1986. His goal was to create beautiful cement tiles in the same classic manner as generations before him. “I believed in the renewal of this material and I started my business in 1986. Today, we work exclusively with two Moroccan manufacturers, using artisanal techniques.” One layer of powdered marble and siliceous sand coated with white cement is poured into a mold. Then, a divider, which looks somewhat like a brass stencil, is put in place, and the colored pigments for the motifs are injected. Then each tile is filled in with mortar, compressed with a hydraulic press, taken out of the mold, bathed and dried. At least 20 different processes are needed to make a cement tile.
Tile consists of two layers:
*These calculations do not include grouting.
Example: 1. Your area is 58 square feet. Multiply by 144” = 8,352 square inches. 2. Take 8,352 square inches and divide by 64” = 130.5 tiles. 3. Round up to 131 tiles. 4. Add 10% for breakage (131 x 1.1 = 144 tiles)