Tile and Thick Paver Designs Available in the Opus Romano, French Versailles,
We will use the name "Opus Romano" in our description and marketing material to help prevent name pattern confusion.
There is what many consider the "true" Opus Romano tile pattern that includes four different sizes, and while recurring, the design also fits or interlocks inside itself--- like a puzzle. This makes the pattern transitions indistinguishable as to where the pattern starts and where it finishes. The pattern flows as random tiles inter-woven within itself. Some people refer to this pattern as a French Versailles floor pattern, Roman Romano, Rome Opus, and other similar names. The pattern sizes are normally made by starting with either 6"x6" or 8"x8" tiles. The "six inch pattern" then proceeds to 6"x12', 12"x12" and then 12"x18". The "8 inch pattern" proceeds from 8"x8" to 8"x16", 16"x16", then 16"x24".
This tile and stone pattern has always been popular in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean where Travertine, marble, or granite have been mostly used for flooring and walls. Recently though, there have been other materials used to make these shapes and sizes for the Opus Romano pattern. Most notably are concrete tiles and cement pavers that are becoming very popular both for their unlimited color possibilities, as well as their cost savings, range of applications, and availability. And now Olde World Stone offers instructions to turn just about any concrete product made into a Travertine finish through a simple technique on the Training and Instructions website.
Thus, we at Olde World Stone & Tile Molds, Inc. have created two new "products" in the Opus Romano pattern. One is a slip resistant tile with the face texture of a rough sea or field of wheat. We named the style "Wind Swept". It is illustrated in the photos below.
The second product was actually the result of a customer's custom order request. They desired an extra thick, smooth, Driveway Paver that would handle the weight of an RV (recreational vehicle) load. They wanted it in a 6" Opus Romano format pattern. So we created a 3" thick Driveway Paver for them in the four 6" sizes needed to make the Opus Romano Pattern. (6"x6", 6"x12",12"x12", and 12"x18")
One of the benefits we offer our customers is our ability to design and make new molds so they can make their own stone products with our molds. And the molds do not have to be poured "full" unless that is the thickness desired. Thus, the 3" thick Driveway Paver Mold can be poured as thin as 1/2" thick if a "tile" were needed. Or they can be poured to 1-1/2" thick if a Patio Paver were needed. And all of those sizes can come from the same mold.
Both of these styles of the Opus Romano Pattern have vertical sides and fairly sharp corners and edges, unlike most concrete tiles that have pillow or rounded edges. This allows installation with very minimal grout lines, and they may even be installed without grout between the tiles on walls or floors to allow a more uniform appearance. The thick Pavers have a slightly more rounded edge and wider space between them than the tile. But as is evident in the two "Wind Swept" wall tile photos below, there are no grout lines showing.
WS-0808 Wind Swept Tile
"Wind Swept" - Our New Slip-Resistant Texture, Half-inch Thick Cement Tile Style
Wind Swept is our newest tile design and is reminiscent of a wind-blown rough sea or field of wheat. The sizes on this page were created to be used when designing and installing a wall or floor in the Opus Romano tile pattern. This tile pattern is also referred to by some as "French Versailles" or just "Versailles", and consists of three or four different sizes of tile or stone blended together in a pattern as illustrated above and below. The "Wind Swept" design was created to be a slip-resistant tile and results from the heavy texture on the face of each tile. It is still comfortable to walk on though when used on floors, and is ideal for exterior installations.
The new three-inch thick "Placid" Paver face texture is as the name implies... smooth and flat. It too offers sizes to make the Opus Romano pattern for a driveway, patio, floor or wall, but is smooth, with no texture at all. It is available in a 6" Moldule, meaning that the smallest, or base module, is 6"x6" in size. The paver mold part numbers are as follows: P-06063 = 6"x6"x3", P-06123 = 6"x12"x3",
WS-0816 Wind Swept Tile in
WS-1616 Wind Swept Tile is 16"x16"x.75"
WS-1624 Wind Swept Tile is 16"x24"x.75" and costs $29.99 each. - (It is not included with the WS-1038-OR or the WS-3008-OR Opus Romano Set)
WS-1046-OR Wind Swept Opus Romano Four
Mold Set costs $44.95 for the set of four molds.
WS-1038-OR - 3.1 Sq. Ft. - Three Mold Set: ($39.95 + Free Shipping)
WS-5008-OR 16 Sq. Ft. Interlocking 12 Mold Set: ($179.95 + Free Shipping)
Opus Romano Mold Sets are Available in the
WS-3008-OR THREE TILE SQUARE MOLD SET
WS-5008-OR FOUR TILE INTERLOCKING SET
WS-4008-OR FOUR TILE SQUARE MOLD SET
The "Wind-Swept" Tile Mold Sets below are considered a 6" Base Module
Opus Romano 3 Tile Square Pattern
Opus Romano 4 Tile Square Pattern
Both the "Wind Swept" Tiles and the "Placid" style Thick Pavers are available in individual sizes, as well as in sets. For the Placid style, the prefix is "P" instead of "WS" as they are Pavers, and are better described on their own page by clicking the above silver button. NOMINAL SIZES AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY: 6"x6", 6"x12", 12"x12", 12"x18" , 8"x8", 8"x16", 16"x16", and 16"x24". Pavers are available in the 6" Module size only, which are in the color "red". Whereas the Wind-Swept Tiles are available in all of the sizes above.
Plain White Plaster Stained Patina Stained Ocean Blue
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NOTE: The RED sizes above are used for the 6" Opus Romano pattern module, and the BLACK are for the 8" module.
The Three Most Popular Standard Patterns Illustrated Below in an 8" Module
Yellow with1 Coat Bark Brown Stain
Yellow with 2 Coats Bark Brown Stain
Opus Romano 4 Tile Interlocking Pattern
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THE 8" WIND-SWEPT STYLE OPUS ROMANO HALF-INCH THICK CEMENT TILE PATTERN
WS-1036-OR - 1.7 Sq. Ft. - Three Mold Set: ($24.95 + Free Shipping)
WS-5006-OR - 9 Sq. Ft. Interlocking 12 Mold Set: ($99.95 + Free Shipping)
WANT A LARGER FORMAT TILE?
The "Wind Swept" molds are 3/4" deep and can make 1/2" to 3/4" thick tiles. The smaller tile sizes may also be made as thin as 1/4" thick if a very thin tile is needed. You can use plaster or Sand Mix to make them, depending on the application... Sand Mix for floors, walls, interior, or exterior. Plaster is mainly used for interior walls.