Cement tiles are handmade colorful tiles used as floor coverings. They appeared in France in the 1850s, and have been widely used in Europe and America.
They are sometimes mistakenly called encaustic tile, which refers to kiln-fired clay tile. Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated ground Portland cement layer and a more coarse layer of sand and cement. The pigment layer is hydraulical