Cement, pigment, water, time, and a lot of patience. That is precisely what the Moors had ten centuries ago, and the method they used is still followed in cement tile factories today. The production technology and the cement itself have developed in time and refined in the course, but the basic method is still the same. It was perfected in Spain. It’s from this early Spanish mastery that most of cement tile’s current Moorish-inspired patterns arise. The patterns were geometric as Islam forbade the use of figures.
Early in the twentieth century, these tiles had become the most popular flooring material in the Mediterranean region of Europe:North Africa, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. From here, the use of these tiles spread to European colonies and started to appear around the world. It was only when granite, ceramic and plastic came into mass production that the cement tile took a back seat, sometime in the mid 20th century.
Here in the Philippines, the cement tile has become known generically as the Machuca tile. Used as flooring in illustrious Filipino homes in the 20th century, Machuca is actually the surname of the clan that brought the idea and technology of cement tile-manufacturing in the Philippines about 100 years ago. The establishment of Machuca Tiles dates back to the early 1900s when founder Jose Machuca y Sanchez brought the concept directly from Barcelona, Spain.
Herald Suites hotels has always used custom designed cement tiles which has added to the uniqueness of each property, injecting geometric patterns, bright sunny colours, and high craftsmanship into all of its public spaces. While each hotel has a different architectural style, the use of the Machuca cement tile is present in all of the hotel, bringing unexpected authenticity to any style.
The Herald Suites Polaris property uses these tiles on the risers of its main staircase adding an air of distinction into the whole space..•••