The Stu Neyland Series of Exquisite Cement Tiles
Our "Kuba" cement tile pattern is a beautifully designed Stu Neyland original cement tile. Stu was inspired by the traditional African Kuba cloth of the Congo. The lines in this cement tile pattern feature a slight "hand drawn" wiggle.
Suggested colorways...but of course, you can chose your own.
Our Kuba cement tiles can be made in the colors of your choice. They can also be laid in an aligned or a random manner.
8" Cement tile, 5/8" thick, matte finish, aprox. 3 lbs. , allow 2.3 tiles per sq ft.
Your choice of colors (same palette as the South Beach Collection). See the Stu Neyland Collection home for the current time to manufacture and ship.
More and more designers are becoming aware of African Kuba cloth.
To make Kuba cloth the Kuba people of the Congo cut and weave dyed pieces of raffia. The several different sub-groups of the Kuba people have unique ways to make their fabric. Many of the patterns are arranged to have meaning.
Kuba cloth is brittle so it is quite likely that the patches one sees as a part of the design were used to repair tears. Later each patch developed a meaning, with many patterns uniquely arranged to tell a story.
It may take several days to form a simple placemat size piece of Kuba cloth. The men gather the leaves of the raffia tree and then dye it using mud, indigo, or substances from the camwood tree. The raffia fibers are rubbed by hand to soften it and prepare it for weaving. The women then embroider the woven cloth. The designs are created instinctively with patterns from memory.
For many years the Kuba people were resistant to using imported European cloth or machine made fabrics. By observing what designs a person wore you could learn much about their social status, age, and marital status.
Give a room our Kuba cement tile pattern and everyone will know your artistic status is through the roof!