Tiles and antique floors

May 8, 2024

Old hydraulic floor types for the home have gained great recognition in recent years as their quality and versatility add aesthetic and artisanal value to any room that manages to preserve them.

Do you know which old-fashioned floors have become fashionable? If you have decided to renovate your home with this type of materials, don’t miss this article and the recommendations for choosing the right one.

Steps to choose old hydraulic floors

It is important to consider that, depending on the type of flooring we install in our home, it will be decisive to give it its own imprint and character, therefore, before choosing our old hydraulic floor, we must decide on the decorative style (classic, modern, rustic, minimalist, etc.) and the color palette that we will use on walls, furniture, and ornaments in general.

In addition to these factors that make up the personality of each environment, there are other equally important ones such as the humidity of each space, exposure to sunlight, size, traffic, the durability we require on our floors, etc. Relevant issues to consider when choosing the right hydraulic flooring.

Imagine old hydraulic floors with dark designs in the middle of a living room whose walls also have those tones. The room will likely darken and the floors will not be appreciated as you would like. Instead, if you choose to incorporate light wood, you will achieve a perfect combination of both materials.

This example allows us to glimpse the importance of balance between style and the factors mentioned above so as not to overload the environment and achieve good results.

Types of old hydraulic floors and tiles for your home

The fame and dissemination of the various types of old hydraulic floors for the home are already a fact!

They not only occupy spaces in the most important monuments around the world, but also people who love good taste and decoration have joined this trend and opted to incorporate it into the corners of their kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, terraces, and many more.

But among so many possible options, it is necessary to accurately know the characteristics of each old hydraulic floor so that you can decide which one will dazzle in the rooms of your home. Take note and choose 🙂


Many consider hydraulic mosaic to be a work of art, and they are not wrong! It is a piece created manually using pigmented cement in the same way it was done in France during the 19th century when it was created.

At Torra hydraulic mosaics, we consider hydraulic tiles to contain great historical and artistic value worthy of being used in any architecture as it enhances environments and adds a lot of personality.

The manufacturing process is purely artisanal using a hydraulic press that allows us to manufacture our hydraulic tiles one by one and reproduce old hydraulic floors perfectly.

This type of hydraulic flooring can adapt to any decorative style and is no longer intended for stately homes or iconic public buildings. Nowadays, many new and avant-garde works have decided to add this resistant, high-quality, and elegant material to their spaces.

Not only is it possible to beautify the rooms of the home, hydraulic mosaics can be applied to the objects and furniture you want to renovate.


The Nolla-type mosaic began to be manufactured in England during the 1980s. During those years in Spain, Miguel Nolla was the one who spread this hydraulic flooring and managed to patent it, which is why the style bears his name.

It is made with pieces of ceramic stoneware that usually have sizes of 10×10 cm or 5×5 cm whose illustrations are small or monochromatic. Due to the great knowledge of the technique and the effort involved in its manufacture, design, and placement, it is a very expensive floor compared to others.

Many architects have used the Nolla mosaic to give personality to their works. Among them, we can highlight Josep Jujol and his intervention in the Planells house, located in Barcelona, where he created polygonal monochrome pieces with illustrations of insect figures.


Marble is one of the materials that has been used since ancient times, from the Neolithic period, ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, and which, nowadays, continues to be valid.

The different rocks that make up these floors give them various finishing colors that are balanced in combination with countless other materials such as wood, cement, etc.

They are generally chosen to beautify living rooms and bathrooms, although their versatility allows them to adapt to various spaces such as stairs, facades, exterior, and architectural styles, providing harmony and elegance.

It is a material of high resistance and quality and therefore of a high economic cost. In addition, its correct maintenance requires a lot of dedication.

What do you think of these types of old floors for the home? Remember that there is no perfect floor for everyone but you can find the ideal one for your environments! The floors you have discovered in this post are trending these days and, without a doubt, will bring beauty and harmony to your home.

If you have any doubts or have not yet been able to decide which one is right for you, write to us! We are experts in hydraulic flooring, the old-fashioned flooring par excellence!

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