Encaustic cement tiles sold by Rever Tiles are made by hand, one at a time by skilled artisans. The tile itself is comprised of three layers, the top is the real beauty of the tile, made from natural mineral pigments mixed with marble dust and white Portland cement. The middle layer of fine sand and cement provides reinforcement to the first, and the final solid layer comprised of aggregate and high-quality cement gives the tile its overall strength.
The pigmented layer is precisely poured into a pattern divider mould set in a tile frame, this mould has been skillfully hand made to the specifications of the design. The mould is then removed by the maker before the further two layers are added to the tile frame. The tile is then hydraulically pressed, with enough pressure to drive out the air and equalize the moisture from the colour layer. The compacted tile is then removed from the tile frame revealing an exquisite creation, solid enough to be handled. Each piece is then soaked in a water bath to ensure correct hydration, then individually racked to cure. To better protect the tile during transit, they are pre-sealed before packaging.
The appeal of encaustic tile is their individual beauty. Subtle colour and line variation and occasional irregular edging may occur. This is not considered a defect but part of the appeal and an inherent characteristic of these tiles.