Friday, 29 June 2018

Swadeshi at Heart!


We are a company that was founded on one central idea – our innate love for creating beautiful floors - that are 100% Made in India! Everything that we create at Bharat Floorings is a celebration of our roots and our vibrant history! Our tiles are made by hand, right here at our factory in Mumbai and are not imported. The production of these bespoke cement tiles remains the same as it was 96 years back; with the artisans working and hand-filling cement before pressing it under hydraulic pressure to form a tile, and subsequently a floor that will create a lasting impression!


Our founder, Pherozesha Sidhwa was inspired by Jamshed Mehta, a colleague of Mahatma Gandhi to abandon his article ship as a lawyer and start a tile manufacturing establishment, along with his nephew Rustom Sidhwa. They were all set to compete with the best, which at the time was the UK- based Minton & Co whose patterned clay tiles were shipped to colonies all the way from Britain. As part of the Swadeshi movement, their main aim was to produce tiles of international quality to replace imports. So, Sidhwa and his team travelled across Europe to learn how to use and make handmade cement tiles and began the manufacturing procedure by starting off with an affordable patterned alternative to the imported tiles in India. The journey was not as easy as you think, they went through many ups and downs but eventually succeeded in achieving their primary goal. They modified and created fresh new designs to suit the Indian taste and developed a unique process to suit Indian conditions. Taking the spirit of Swadeshi one step forward, they even had the map of undivided India stamped on the back of each and every tile that was manufactured!

Bharat tiles during that time i.e. 1923 - 1935 became very popular amongst the British and the Maharajas. Many public buildings, governor houses, palaces, mahals and universities were floored with Bharat tiles. As the years went by, Bombay (now Mumbai) entered the glamorous Art Deco era, and almost all the new buildings and areas like Marine drive, Oval Maidan and noble theatres incorporated the colourful and heritage-rich Bharat tiles.

The tiles produced are of world-class quality, and they are manufactured right here in India! Bharat tiles provide one-of-a-kind floorings with ethnic and heritage vibes available in various designs and patterns. These tiles can be customized as per the taste and preferences of the customers, to match the interiors of the spaces they are looking to decorate. The Heritage tiles of Bharat floorings can be seen in many iconic buildings across the country. BFT tiles have been laid at Heritage sites such as Umaid Palace, New ready money mansion, Bombay high court, cinemas- Roxy, Regal, New Excelsior and many more, and even today, they look flawless as ever. The quality of our tiles is extremely superior in making them long-lasting. The tiles shine brighter as they get older.



The Bharat Flooring’s Heritage™ tiles and floors have been the most popular pattern since the time they were re-launched in 1940 and have been used in many award-winning sites. They 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.


Our tiles shine beautifully as they age and they also last longer than other types of tiles. We do not just restrict our tiles to be laid on floors, they also can be used on walls. Cement tiles, when used on walls, are very easy to maintain, are rich in colour and history and most importantly, they provide long-lasting beauty. You can give your walls a different and unique look rather than opting for the same old paints. Use different patterns available at BFT to create a stunning look. We also have a range of wall claddings which can be used to give your walls, dados and bar counters a distinct look.


At BFT, quality is key! We offer a value-for-money proposition with floors that last a lifetime. BFT is your one-stop solution for all design, production, installation and maintenance requirements. Our aim is to be the discerning customer’s first choice for extraordinary floors and matching walls with our innovative handcrafted cement tiles, offering a blend of contemporary style and breath-taking heritage.
BFT is proud to be Indian, in every way possible and we celebrate this by constantly designing tiles of a superior standard and incredible visual appeal with an intriguing story to tell!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

CEMENT TILES V/S CERAMIC TILES

Flooring forms an integral part of the overall design of any space. It plays a very important role in interior design and in setting the look and feel of the space. Tiles that stand out from the crowd, add character and style to your room! They should be an extension of who you are and should be able to tell your story for years to come. This is where quality comes into the picture. At Bharat floorings, we bring you classic and contemporary handcrafted cement tiles with various designs and colour options that are not only long lasting but also easy to maintain. We are sure you must be wondering, what are cement tiles?  And, how are they different from ceramic tiles? Of course, they look alike no doubt, but alas they are very different from each other from the making procedure to the application process and everything in between!

The cement tiles at Bharat floorings are one of a kind tiles that impart a luxurious look and feel to any space. These tiles are made by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mould, and a hydraulic press. This is an artisanal product handmade by craftsmen using traditional methods. This is the reason behind the uniqueness of our tiles. Even the metal moulds are handmade following specific design drawings. Therefore, new moulds for designs can take about 20 days to make depending on the intricacy of the pattern. Cement tiles, being handmade will have irregularities in the design which give them character and uniqueness. They will have a rich but handcrafted appearance.

The setting process of cement, like heating of some Chinese or Japanese porcelain glazes, creates fine cracks known as crazing. This does not weaken the tile in any way but gives the tile an antique look. Because of variations in shade of the colours and cement that we receive, the tiles you get may vary in colour from the display tiles viewed by you at the time of ordering. Replicating the exact shade is never possible, so we recommend that you order extra tiles and store them for future needs.
Everyone always has the same question in mind, i.e are ceramic tiles and cement tiles the same? No, they are actually completely different.


At Bharat Floorings and Tiles, we ONLY make handcrafted cement floorings. 


The differences between the two are as follows –
 
CEMENT TILES
CERAMIC TILES
Cement tiles are mostly hand-made.
Ceramic tiles are mostly mass produced.
Cement tiles are made using a process where coloured cement is filled into a mould, up to a certain depth.
Ceramic tiles are made using prints and then glazed. 

In terms of durability - Cement tiles can last up to 60 to 70 years due to the thickness of the pattern layer. 

In ceramic tiles, the pattern would last as long as the glaze does not wear off.
Cement tile patterns have slight variations due to the handmade nature of the process.
Ceramic tile prints tend to be uniform in all tiles.
Cement tiles at BFT are made with different pigments and colour shades i.e organic and inorganic colour pigments. We buy the best available pigments and blend these for hours in giant mixers.
Ceramic tiles are made with red, brown, or white clay and can be either glazed or unglazed, and are fired in a kiln.
These tiles can be customised as per your designs and colour combination.
 Most ceramic tiles are mass produced, so the scope for customisation is low.
Cement tiles are very easy to maintain, all you need is plain water or our in-house cleansing solution to maintain the beautiful shine of the flooring.
These tiles are also low- maintenance.


 We hope now the difference between the two is clearer. BFT specializes in manufacturing handcrafted cement tiles which are available in an array of colour combinations and designs suiting the interiors of the space, ranging from minimalistic designs to bold patterns and more! The quality, of course, is unmatched as you may have come to realize! What else do you need to make a beautiful space? Like Jonathan Adler said, “Life should be chic, glamorous and colourful. And so should your HOME!” We totally agree with that. Give your home that much-awaited transformation with BFT’s extensive range of tiles.

To know more about our designs and pattern you can check out our website- https://www.bharatfloorings.com/