11m2 / 120 sq. ft antique floral themed floor with back to back borders
A most unusual, impressive and unique period floor that we have been delighted to reclaim, along with a second art nouveau ceramic floor, from a house built in 1907 in central Brussels, Belgium.
The ceramic encaustic floor consists of a principal field tile and same size border tiles, which are laid back to back and for which all four internal and four external corner tiles are present and correct. The surface area of the floor is c.11m2+ / 120 sq. ft+.
Both the principal field tiles and borders are 14cm sq.
The design, on a mid-grey tile slip, is strongly vegetal; a theme popular in the early twentieth century and in this instance embracing thistle leaves on the principal field tile and trailing daisies on the borders. Within the main part of the floor a circular motif opens up across four tiles, linking the thistle themed tessellation. We think the vegetal theme and palette lend themselves perfectly to relaying the floor in a room linking home with garden. Optionally the floor can be laid outside*; on a garden path, in a conservatory or summer house.
Arriving ready to relay the condition of the floor is excellent and the ceramic, 15mm thick, is superb. There are occasional small chips and edge nibbles on a small number of tiles, all grout-able, but each tile has been individually quality controlled both during the removal of the old mortar, grout, surface dirt and waxes and again once totally cleaned. The high resolution photographs below are of a representative and randomly selected section of c.1.5m2 / 15 sq. ft of the total floor.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD TILES - 455 tiles – 9m2 / 96 sq. ft
LARGE BORDERS - 110 tiles (plus 8 corners) – 2.3m2 / 25 sq.ft or 16.5 linear metres or 54.2 linear ft**
*The tiles are highly fired and are impervious to sub-zero winter temperatures. Equally, they can be laid most efficiently with underfloor heating systems within the home.
** Halve the linear lengths for a back to back lay, as shown in the photographs
To see the other floor reclaimed from the same house click here