Mansion de Chocolate is fortunate like so many classic Granada houses to have many examples of original beautiful cement floor tiles.  These tiles are still made in the traditional way – colored cement is poured into molds and then pressed and set out to cure in ambient temperatures.  There is even a cement tile ‘factory” a few short blocks from Hotel Spa Granada where the classic designs are still being made.

My speculation is that the techniques for making these tiles originated in North Africa, migrated to southern Spain, and ultimately found their way to the New World. I actually recently saw some of the same patterns that one sees in Granada, Nicaragua in Marrakech, Morocco.