Getting Floored

aI had forgotten how much fun it was to visit the factory in Ucu where cement tiles are made.  These tiles originated in North Africa and can be seen all over the Mediterranean. They came to the Yucatan in the ships as ballast along with the Marseilles terracotta roof times.  The pigments are mixed with white cement and water with a little sifted sand. Then a small portion is measured and poured from a scoop to the template.  When the template has been filled to the middle with colored cement a mix of grey cement and sand tops off the template and is pressed in these early 20th century presses.  You can see the stacks of completed tiles in the store room. An order of 100 square meters is taking about 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

 

Here are some of the tiles in Meson San Sebastian from Mosaicos Traqui in Ucu.

And here are a few of the other floors in our houses at Urbano Rentals some old and old and some new.

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