Gulf Shores, AL(July 17, 2020) ― The new Zellige tile collection from Villa Lagoon Tile brings a rustic charm to residential and hospitality projects. Unlike machined tile, these exquisite Zellige and Bejmat tiles are crafted entirely by hand in a time-honored method of tile-making designed to celebrate the natural beauty of the clay.
Skilled artisans in Fez, Morocco use local clays fired in kilns fueled by olive pits to create these tiles, which are then finished with an enamel glaze. Because Villa Lagoon Tile Zellige tiles are molded, cut, and glazed by hand, each tile is unique with variations in color, edging and shape. Like the irregularities in natural wood grain or the tiny air bubbles in hand-blown glass, it is these perfect imperfections that produce the beautiful effect Zellige tile is known for.
The square Zellige tiles are best used in applications such as shower walls, backsplashes, and accent walls, while the rectangular Bejmat tiles may also be used on light-traffic floors. They can be installed indoors or outdoors as long as they are adhered and grouted properly. Zellige tiles require skill and experience to install properly, so consulting with a professional is recommended.
The production of glazed clay tiles in Morocco dates back over 1,000 years. Having imbued a sense of luxury and artistry in homes, religious buildings, and other public spaces, the style is enjoying a resurgence of interest in this millennium.
The Zellige collection from Villa Lagoon Tile includes 4-inch square glazed clay tiles as well as rectangular, 5 ½-inch long Bejmat tiles. Both styles of tile are immediately available in a choice of 13 colors. Additional color options, shapes and sizes will be added over time.
Villa Lagoon Tile
designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design,
finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of
different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in
the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in
handcrafted cement tile. The Amalena
tile series blends the bold energy of Cuban design with the intricate
details of antique Turkish rugs, making it perfect as an accent wall
by a soaking tub or an outdoor living room.
Lively floral and geometric forms that are the hallmark of Cuban tile
design marry with delicate domes, arches, and minarets that
epitomized the architecture and textiles of the Ottoman Empire. The
result is a lush, tropical vibe with a twist.
Because the Amalena series takes inspiration from Turkish textiles,
it is also an ideal choice for creating the classic rug-like effect
with a border tile surrounding a field tile on the floor. This type
of installation creates a sense of drama in both hospitality and
A single row of border tiles will add a finishing touch to a cement
tile floor, but if the room is large enough, a border made up of two,
three or even more rows of tile can create an opulent and
The Amalena series is available in a choice of four colorways that
combine our most vivid South Beach Colors. Or, make the look
completely your own with our easy-to-use cement
tile design tool that allows you to customize your
These dynamic tiles
are made to last: no printed-on color here. Similar to natural stone,
each cement tile is unique with slight color variations, the sign of
an artisan-made product. Installing cement tiles is similar to
installing natural stone, with tighter grout lines and use of a
sealant after the tiles are set.
To purchase Amalena
tile and sealant factory-direct, or to learn more about the benefits
of using cement tile, click
The new Ombré collection from Villa Lagoon Tile is a departure from traditional cement tile design. Inspired by the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light, Our Ombré tiles start with a highly saturated pool of color shifts from dark to light as a result of our artisans’ deft blending of hand poured, pigmented cement. Graduated color brings both depth and light, creating a bold design statement.
The organic nature of hand pouring means that Ombré collection tiles are perfectly imperfect, an artistic statement for entryways or accent walls in homes or hospitality projects. The Ombré collection is available in our most vivid South Beach Colors.
These dynamic tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here. Similar to natural stone, each cement tile is unique with slight color variations, the sign of an artisan-made product. Installing cement tiles is similar to installing natural stone, with tighter grout lines and use of a sealant after the tiles are set.
Villa Lagoon Tile can custom-make your Ombré cement tile with many of our existing patterns but we created a few new fun patterns that will really show off the style. Contact us to create your custom look!
We have a total design game changer at Villa Lagoon Tile! Now you can add the depth and visual texture of terrazzo to all or part of your favorite cement tile patterns.
Terrazzo Cement Tile is suitable for all commercial and residential floors and walls when the appropriate application procedures are followed.
3 Sizes of White Marble Chips Available
You can make a major design impact with VLT’s Terrazzo Cement Tile! Solid terrazzo cement tiles can be made as large as 15×15 inches and the patterned terrazzo cement tiles are available in 8×8 and 12×12 inch formats.
THE WAIT IS OVER! Our new cement tile design tool is now up and running! You can get lost for hours (and hours and hours) with the endless possible colorways!
100s of Cement Tile Patterns Available! Step One is to pick the patterns you want to play with, don’t forget to consider a border pattern for a truly show-stopping design! Feel free to let us know if you don’t see the pattern you’re looking for.
SO Many Colors! Step two is to get your color on! Our South Beach Palette has 80+ colors for you to design with so you’re sure to find the perfect combo.
Lay It Out! Step three is where the magic happens. Now you can see how your tile looks grouped together! Add a patterned border or a solid color tile to really enhance your cement tile design game.
Floorify for Fun! Toggle that “on/off floorify” button – you know you want to!
Save Save Save! Step four is a real life saver! With a click of the “Download/Print” button, you can have the perfect tear sheet for your client or vision board!
Voila! Step five for the finish! When you’re ready for a quote or to place your order just email us the tile tool generated tear sheet along with your contact info, your project’s location and the quantity need for each tile and we can get started with turning your creativity into reality.
The presence of cement tiles as floor and wall covering indoors is established and continues to grow as architects and designers find new uses that enhance their projects. To a lesser extent, the uses of these versatile, colorful tiles outdoors are slowly being discovered. Their use on building facades and walls creates a work of art that compliments the building architecture and design. Cement tiles are prominently used outdoors in a few hotels such as the SLS Miami and SLS Las Vegas as pool decking. The stunning addition of patterned tiles in those areas creates a bright colorful background to the pool designs as bathers and sun worshippers relax sipping Pina Coladas.
An important factor to consider when using cement tiles is the use of the appropriate sealant for indoor or outdoor installations. We have conducted tests that provide clear evidence that the use of a top coat with UV filters is vital to maintaining the vibrant colors in cement tiles. Without the UV filters, the colors can noticeably fade in as little as four to five months.
A colorful cement tile was selected and prepared by marking off spaces where two sealant treatments would be applied. A Control section on the tile with no sealant was allotted. The test articles were:
Dry-Treat – Stain-Proof, a premium Impregnating/Penetrating sealant.
Villa Lagoon Grout Release and Top-Coat Sealant, a co-polymer top-coat sealant containing UV Filters.
The products were applied as directed by the manufacturer. Two coats of the VLT Grout Release/Top-Coat were applied and allowed to dry for 24 hours. The Dry-Treat/Stain Proof was applied in succession 3 times and allowed to dry for 24 hours.
On May 9, 2016, the tile were placed outdoors in an open space, no shade or covering. The tile was exposed to all weather elements present in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The weather there is typically hot, humid, lots of sun and lots of rain. Temperatures ranged from 70 F to 95 F with heat indices of >105 F. The tile was not maintained or cared for in any manner. The tile was often in direct all-day sunshine from May 9, 2016, thru September 21, 2016. Periodic rain and thunderstorms occurred, no hail or other weather events were present.
Initially, on the test tile just after application of the Dry-Treat a slight change color (enhancement) was noticed but faded over the course of the 24 hour drying period.
The VLT Grout Release/Top-Coat Sealant showed a marked color enhancement that continued through the entire test period.
The test tile was brought inside on Sep 21, 2016, after 19 weeks+ 2 days exposure.
The tile was allowed to cool to room temperature prior to observations being recorded.
The test (Treated) tile was compared to an identical tile (Control) that had been stored in a sealed box in a warehouse. It had never been exposed to sunlight.
The Treated tile showed obvious effects of weather. On the Treated tile, the Control section where no sealant was applied showed fading in all the colors except for the white portions of the tile.
The VLT Grout Release/Top-Coat treated section of the tile showed no fading and the color remained vibrant and rich.
The Dry Treat/Stain Proof/Impregnating sealant showed comparable fading as in the Control (no Sealant section).
The results of this simple test demonstrate that for outdoor use of cement tile, the VLT Grout Release/Top Coat co-polymer sealant with UV filters prevents fading and we consider it to be a superior treatment than the Dry Treat/Stain-Proof product for outside use.
The use of the VLT Grout Release/Top Coat co-polymer sealant provides an appealing color enhancement effect on cement tiles.
The UV filters prevented the colors from fading when exposed to bright sunshine for a long period of time. Though not tested in this experiment, we believe the VLT Grout Release/Top-Coat co-polymer sealant will prevent staining from bird droppings and other organic stains from leaves and natural debris.
The romance of Italy is captured in our new shaped tile.
The color options are unlimited and cement tile has never looked better !
Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Florentine” shaped tile comes in two parts. The larger piece is about 11 inches at the widest point and the smaller piece is 8 inches across. This tile can come in any thickness. The usual for interiors is 16mm (5/8″) but when thinner or thicker is needed, we can do it.
Our Florentine shaped tile has a slight Fleur-de-Lis relief pattern on each tile which improves traction.
We are stocking it in Black and Featherstone Gray but imagine the possibilities of color combinations.
Our Stock Tile is ready to ship. We started with a Black & Gray combination because it fits so many needs. This would be a stunning wine cellar floor or the foyer in a Hollywood Hills Spanish revival home.
Just imagine a courtyard or restaurant paved in this stunning tile.
Interior Design magazine has chosen the “Best of the Year” for 2013, and we’d like to congratulate our client, Meyer Davis Studio for winning “Best of the Year 2013: Fine Dining“. Their project “Harlow” remodeled a historic space once the private entertainment venue of William Randolph Hurst. Perhaps as much a restoration as a renovation, the Harlow project brought the best of the 1930’s grandeur forward to the modern day.
The award-winning design features some of Villa Lagoon Tile’s most popular designs in several places. “Lantern Trellis” and “Cubes” can be found in the elegant restrooms, as well as a larger version of Cubes in a conservatory dining annex, that gained a mention in Interior Design’s original project article, “Blond Ambition“. This installation in particular shows cement tile’s versatility, using solid and two-color tile to provide a larger scale of Cubes design.
While our ever-popular “Cubes” cement tile was used in the stately-men’s room, a different feel was desired for this dining area. A larger patterned is achieved by the creative arrangement of the simplest tiles in our toolkit: solids, and the two-color diagonal. This layout also shows how easily a designer could use cement tile to create grand, custom chevron patterns.
The writers of Interior Design are not the only ones taking a notice to the renewed luster of this Midtown Manhattan jewel… Harlow is quickly being recognized as a great experience, and has already been the venue for parties hosted by Madonna, Woody Allen, and others in the New York social scene.
Update April 27, 2016: Unfortunately Harlow has closed. Their original site can still be found in the Internet Archive.
The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. –Laozi
Villa Lagoon Tile is proud to present a new revolution in cement tile. Roto Tile™ provides a whole new landscape for expression with circular tile. These 8″ circles are spaced by special connector tiles, and the whole layout simultaneously invokes circles, hexagons, and triangles of varying sizes.
At Villa Lagoon Tile, we believe in giving designers and architects as much choice and freedom as possible. This has been one of the many strengths of cement tile. Our new Roto Tile™ pushes those boundaries just a little bit more.
Roto Tile™ are laid with a ratio of one circle tile to two connector tiles. We have created an entire page dedicated to describing the dimensions of these circular tile here: Roto Tile™ Dimensions. You can see more of these example layouts here: Roto Tile™ Example Layouts.
These are just a few examples to get you started. With more than 60 colors in our Monterey Palette, the possibilities with single-color tiles are endless.
Custom Colorway Molds
As with other cement tiles, these custom shapes can take colorway molds as well! Colorway molds segment a tile, allowing tile-makers to pour a different color in each segment of the design. We’ve created the mock-up pattern “Ripples” to show the beginning of what can be achieved using a colorway mold in just the connector tile.
We are happy to add Roto Tile™ to your design arsenal, and look forward to helping you achieve your vision.
We now have sample Roto Tile™ available, as well as Monterey Palette color-chips. If you think our cement tile is right for your designs, call us at 1-251-968-3375 or email [email protected] to discuss your project.
One of our new Venetian Collection tiles, Piazza, creates a pattern of linked barbed quatrefoils. The quatrefoil, from the Latin quattuor and folium, “four leaves” became a common theme in Christian art, and reached it’s height in Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
This pattern can be found throughout European architecture, including Notre-Dame de Paris, and the great abundance of of this pattern in Venice inspired Lundy to create this Villa Lagoon Tile exclusive cement tile.
Katie, author of the blog Live Originally, found a stunning example on her honeymoon trip through Europe, in one of the courtyards of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.