What are Mexican Pasta Tiles?

Image: Luisa Navarro​​

The Yucatán peninsula is known for its beautiful colors, culture, and artwork. One of its most iconic elements is the use of pasta tiles. 

These stunning tiles have become a staple of Mexican culture and Yucatán decor. Plus because of their durability, affordability, and of course, beauty, these tiles have grown to be a popular design choice globally!

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Image: Pasta tiles from Hacienda San Antonio Hool in Mérida, Yucatán​​

What are Pasta Tiles? 

You’ve probably seen these beautiful tiles at some point in your life. Many southern states and businesses with Mexican influence will utilize these tiles in their building decor. 

If you’ve ever gone to the Yucatán, then you’ll see these tiles everywhere, and rightfully so. Their colors, patterns, and overall aesthetic are downright stunning. Even the most simplistic patterns can transform a space into a Mexican oasis. 

Image: Pasta tiles at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca | Image: Luisa Navarro​​

Why are Pasta Tiles Functional? 

Yucatán offers a very warm climate, especially during the warmer months when the heat and humidity levels rise. Because of this, many homes skip out on laying down carpets and rugs. Instead, pasta tiles have become a way to adorn the floors while keeping a decorative, yet cool space. 
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Image: Pasta tiles at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca | Image: Luisa Navarro​​
These tiles are also known for their practicality and durability. The top layer is created using liquid colored concrete which is poured into a tile mode. Underneath this layer, more concrete is added to create a tile that is about an inch thick. Once laid, these tiles create a really durable surface that will last for years.

Their durability and resistance to cracking or chipping allow an installation to last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. Plus, no matter the age, the colors will remain vibrant and bold. 

These stunning tiles can be found in practically every Yucatecan home and public space. Unsurprisingly, their beauty has also gone on to influence interior design of the modern world as well. 

Image: Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca | Photo By: Luisa Navarro​​

Experience these Tiles First Hand

You can experience the beauty of pasta tiles by visiting Mosaicos La Peninsular in Merida, Yucatan. This company is one of the oldest in the craft and has been creating these beautiful tiles for over fifty years. Stop by their shop to experience the different patterns and the beauty of these mosaics. You can also pick out a stack to use in your own home as well!
Image: Hacienda San Antonio Hool​​

Pro-tip: Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca and Hacienda San Antonio Hool are also home to some beautiful and unique pasta tiles. 

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About the Author

Nadia El-Yaouti

Nadia El-Yaouti is a writer and photographer based out of Central Virginia. As a travel writer, she enjoys connecting readers with stories and sharing photographs that depict the beauty of different cultures. Some of her most prized work introduces readers to underrated destinations like Mexico, Kurdistan, and North Africa. When she’s not juggling work, she can be found traveling the globe with her wonderful husband and three darling children.

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