Christian Berthéas trained as a Building Architect attended the Fine Arts and Decorative Arts Academies in Paris. His very first project was the design of a enormous "open Circus”. In the French Luberon area during the 70s, Christian became a precursor in the then little-known fields of kite-construction and that of the building of solar-powered bioclimatic housing. Starting in the early 80s during a lengthy professional period in Marrakech, the idea came to Christian that he could contemporize designs and techniques of the "Mosaic tiles”. Theinitial wave of cement tiles was introduced in Morroco around 1910 by urban architects from Marseille working upon the modernization of CASABLANCA. As a footnote to the history of decorative arts we should mention that the first hydraulic persses were erected towards 1850 at Viviers on the embankments of the Rhône, alongside the first Lafarge Cement factories. CAROCIM was founded in APT in 1986.
In 1990 Martine Murat teamed up with Christian Berthéas and Carocim. Martine’s wide professional experience in New York and Paris as an interior-decorator, painter, and theatrical arts participant, with Fine Arts training, continues to boost Carocim’s ability to issue new collections and to maintain an over-all coherence of style. The creative inter-action of the pair Christian Berthéas/Martine Murat has enabled the Company to truly create what can termed the Carocim Style. As a consequence of this aesthetic dynamic, other artists are drawn to submitting their own design contributions to Carocim. As time goes by, the number of motifs becomes more numerous and varied- profusion is a part of Carocim Style; something of Carocim’s identity is along the lines of a patchwork quilt. CAROCIM exports its tiles throughout the world. The Carocim Showroom in Aix en Provence displays a fascinating exhibition of a great selection of their products – sometimes staged in amusing and unusual settings.