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Historical Cuban Tile Floors Offer Time-Tested Patterns

Historical Cuban Tile Floors Offer Time-Tested Patterns

These Cuban tiles are from an original installation from a library in Old Havana, Cuba (circa 1920). This classic pattern and colorway is available today from Avente Tile as Cuban Heritage Design 120 1A in an eight-inch square format.

Cuban Heritage Cement Tile Collection

The collection of Cuban Heritage Cement Tiles is a set of historical designs. Each design or pattern is available in three colorways: one with the original color combination found in Cuba, and two others with more modern and subtle colors.

For instance, besides the colorway shown, there are two additional colorways available for this pattern:

  • Cuban Heritage Design 120 2B
  • Cuban Heritage Design 120 3A

    • Cuba's Cement Tile Heritage

      The Cuban Heritage Collection is a set of Cuban tile patterns that have been re-discovered from old homes and estates in Havana and Camagüey, Cuba. In many cases, debris was removed to find the beautiful Cuban floor tile. Since many of the old buildings are being destroyed or renovated, we are fortunate to have found these designs; otherwise, the patterns and tiles would be lost forever.

      What Makes Cuban Tiles Unique?

      Cuban tile reflect the island's heritage when it was the playground for the rich and famous in it's heyday. Some of the tile patterns are whimsical, while others are modern. The Cuban Heritage Collection differs from other cement tiles by having more elaborate patterns with strong, bold colors. In this collection, you'll often find prominent double borders that enrich the designs. As you can see, Cuban Tiles definitely have a rich history.

      Each piece of cement tile is handmade by expert craftsmen, using a process that was developed over a century ago. Slight changes in the materials and tools used have improved the quality of these magnificent Cuban tiles.

      Because these tiles are handmade, color variation is to be expected on both solid and patterned tiles. Generally, the range of color is complementary. However, inspect the material before it is installed. We also recommend a dry layout prior to installation.


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