This line of hydraulic tiles was created by architect and designer Cioli Stancioli. The pieces are produced in tile factories throughout Brazil. These partnerships bring customers creative, quality and competitively priced pieces for the mining market.

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From origin to today

Hydraulic tiles are cement-based tiles used in various parts of the world for wall and floor covering. Produced by hand, the tiles receive this name for not presenting processes of burning in their production, but for submersion in water to cure the concrete.

Hydraulic tiles emerged in the mid-nineteenth century as an alternative to the use of stones, especially marble. With artisanal pieces produced to this day, the material had its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, but has been gaining more and more space in interior designs and public spaces, due to its high strength and durability.


The first references to the use of hydraulic tiles date back to the mid-nineteenth century, with the material being presented in 1876 at the Universal Exhibition in Paris by the company Garret, Rivet i cia. The material was introduced as an alternative to stone cladding, as a kind of uncooked ceramic, solidified with the use of presses.

Hydraulic tile had its heyday in the mid-twentieth century, spreading rapidly across European countries, especially Spain, England and Russia, for its strength and decorative qualities.

The modernist movement contributed to the success of the tiles, which were used for the composition of murals and artistic mosaics with complex designs. In the 1960s, with the emergence of more cost-effective and less elaborate cladding materials, hydraulic tile lost market share in the construction sector, only to conquer it in recent decades.

How is it produced

The hydraulic tile keeps today the process of handmade manufacture of the pieces in iron molds. They are produced from white cement, quartz, diabase and stone dust, and can be colored in up to five shades, with various color options. Hydraulic tiles can be smooth, decorated and non-slip, the latter being widely used for sidewalks, spaces and public sidewalks.

The production takes place in several stages, forming the layers of colors that make up the piece. The first layer consists only of colored dye; the second of a mixture of Portland cement and sand; and the third of the same elements of the second layer, plus water.

After execution of the third layer, the mold is closed and pressed manually. The pieces are then stored on shelves for 24 hours. At the end of the storage period, the tiles are submerged in a water tank for about one hour, which is necessary for curing the material.


Ease of execution and maintenance
Hydraulic tiles are prefabricated so that they are ready for installation on site. Coating is simple and traffic can be released 24 hours after laying.

Color and texture diversity
Hydraulic tile can be manufactured in a huge variety of colors and textures, allowing for bold and creative compositions.

Resistance and safety
Hydraulic tile has been increasingly used as a covering material for sidewalks and outdoor areas, due to its strength and durability. In addition, its non-slip surface contributes to pedestrian safety.

The same weather-resistant hydraulic tile can return to the dust it came from, and thus again become a new tile.