Bharat Flooring’s Heritage™ tiles and floors are custom designed to create stunning floors to suit eclectic tastes. Each cement tile is individually hand-crafted from the finest, carefully selected ingredients, aesthetically blended to create a high quality tile of rich and glowing colours. The timeless elegance and durability of these tiles make them works of art and an invaluable part of the country’s architectural heritage. We help Interior designers and architects to design their dream floor using our Heritage™ and Unitinta™ tiles.
Bharat’s Heritage™ range is sometimes referred to as encaustic cement tiles. Encaustic clay tiles were first developed by Cistercian monks in the 12th century in England. Colours were hand embedded into the tiles. The art form was almost lost when the much marrying Henry VIII closed the monasteries because the Church refused him a divorce!
In 1840 Henry Minton revived this art form – and the little triangles and squares and florals of ‘minton’ tiles appeared in fine buildings across the erstwhile British Empire. But clay tiles have the disadvantage of irreparably losing their glaze over the years. The invention of coloured cement in Europe in the late 19th Century introduced the exciting possibilities of encaustic cement floor tiles that could grow more beautiful over the years.
The founders of the Bharat Flooring Tiles Company travelled across Europe and USA and brought the finest elements of this art form to India. They created fresh designs and modified the process to uniquely suit Indian tastes and Indian conditions. They produced tiles of world-class quality, and in a few years, Bharat Tiles were preferred over the imported tiles. Not only by the maharajas, and by affluent and patriotic Indians – but even by the British! When Bharat introduced its Art Deco mosaic range to suit the tastes of the 1930s, it phased out its beautiful carpet pattern tiles.
In 1999, as a contribution to the heritage conservation movement, Bharat restored its original moulds and processes and introduced its original and expanded range of carpet pattern tiles under the trade name Heritage™ Tiles. These have been much acclaimed by architects, interior designers, and even UNESCO. Over the years, an exciting new range of designs and colours, both classic and contemporary, have taken Bharat’s floor art to new heights.