The photos from these books about old Cuban interiors and architecture show how very durable the encaustic cement tile really is.
In his excellent book, Cuban Elegance, Michael Connors has glorious photographs of interiors from Cuba's historic interiors. These small snipplets from his book's pages show how Cuban cement tiles have aged so gracefully and still retain their lusturous sheen through many years of wear and extreme weather.
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In general the colors shown in the Cuban cement tile floors in Cuban Elegance are of a soft subtle range. Cuba has tile floors in much livelier color schemes as well.
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I love this photo of an old cuban tile kitchen floor. It looks as vibrant as it did the day it was installed I am sure.
This Cuban foyer has a modern looking tile pattern whose boldness probably reflected the personalities of the owners when the house was built. This pattern is simple to duplicate using solid tiles in contrasting colors.
Another example of a grand old cuban tile floor in a residence, now this room functions as a barber shop.
Another book, La Havana has a couple photos of old Cuban Tile floors.
Here you can see the border tiles that surround the central field tiles in this old Cuban bedroom floor.
This old courtyard has cement Cuban tile flooring.
photo courtesy El Nuevo Herald - FOTOSGALERIA - losas de la Habana
A good slideshow of old cement tile floors in Cuba.