14.4m2 / 155 sq ft antique ceramic floor in mid grey, blue and cream (CL91)
One of three floors reclaimed from a house in the small town of Berlaimont in the Nord departement of France built c.1905, a 14.4m2 / 155 sq ft ceramic encaustic floor consisting of a 15cm square field tile and a same size border tile, both of which are +/- 15mm thick. In a cool palette of primrose blue, mid grey with charcoal piping on a white slip the floor dates from the early twentieth century and was produced by Fabrique de Produits Ceramiques de Maubeuge, Douzies Maubeuge. We have included a scan below from their original catalogue showing the border tile.
Classical in its tessellation and easy on the eye the design is both simple and pure and the lozenge themed border frames the floor beautifully. Two border corner tiles have been reclaimed, requiring that any more needed will be mitre cut. We will supply some free border reject tiles from which border corners can be mitre cut (we can cut them for you should you wish)
The floor has been completely cleaned of its old lime-based mortar and years of wax revealing a quality ceramic and colours that are as crisp and consistent as when they were first fired. There are occasional small groutable chips and nibbles present on a small number of tiles but the condition of the floor is excellent and being a highly fired tile they can be laid inside or outside of the home as they are impervious to high and sub zero temperatures. Inside the home they can be laid with underfloor heating systems as they are excellent retainers of heat.
From a maintenance perspective the tiles do not need sealing or waxing once laid, waxing being an option exclusively for aesthetic reasons, as a regular wash is all that is needed to retain their beauty and lustre.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 505 tiles - 11.4m2 / 122 sq ft
Border tiles - 135 tiles plus 2 corners - 3m2 / 32.5 sq ft or 20 linear metres / 66 linear feet