An 11m2+ / 120 sq ft antique ceramic floor in mid grey, blue and cream
An 11m2 antique ceramic encaustic floor reclaimed from a house in Tourcoing, a small city in the north of France close to Lille and the Belgian border. The floor consists of a 15cm square field tile and a same size border tile, both of which are +/- 15mm thick. The palette is cool in primrose blue, mid grey with charcoal piping on a white slip.
Classical in its tessellation and easy on the eye the design is both simple and pure with ornate lozenge themed borders top and tailed by a monochrome half size border. The border configuration frames the floor beautifully and all border corner tiles are present and correct. We have shown the floor in the photographs with its large borders with a separate photograph of the monochrome half borders. There are sufficient tiles in the border ratio for a triple lay of the borders, this being a half size above and below the full size border.
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 - 350 tiles - 7.9m2 / 85 sq ft
Border tiles - 65 tiles plus 4 corners -1.55m2 / 16.7 sq ft or 10.35 linear metres / 34 linear feet
Small border tiles - 130 plus 8 corners - 1.51m2 / 16.25 sq ft. or 19.8 linear metres / 65 linear feet