Walker Zanger reimagines its Duquesa collection by offering its tile designs in cement. Spanish for duchess, the Duquesa Cement collection adds the durability of cement to four patterns, Alba, Fatima, Fez and Jasmine, for a broad range of application options.
The pattern Fatima draws inspiration from Italian textiles of the 16th century, Portuguese ceramic tiles and Moorish mosaics. Fez fuses influences from Spanish and Egyptian wood inlays, exotic pendant lanterns and Chinese decorative screens. Lastly, Alba celebrates Moorish geometric designs and bronze metalwork, while Jasmine takes on the look of Moroccan arched doorways and carvings.
All Duquesa Cement tiles are featured in the color Mezzanotte (meaning midnight in Italian), which represents a dusty-blue night sky in contrast to a light gray and creamy white background. Each tile profile creates a vintage mood with a modern twist.
Offered in 8- by 8-inch dimensions, each tile is handcrafted using cookie cutter-like open pour molds. Pigmented cement is poured into the mold, topped off with powdered cement and compacted by a hydraulic press to produce ornate designs on the surface of the tile. This technique results in precise lines and pops of color that adds a design element to both residential and commercial projects.