13.25m2+ antique black, white and grey carreaux de ciments tiles - classical tessellation
13.25m2+ of antique french carreaux de ciments floor tiles reclaimed from a village house in Orchies, northern France, a village between the cities of Lille and Valenciennes. The floor is one of two recovered from adjacent rooms and date from the early part of the 20th century. The link for the second floor, which is in the same grey, charcoal and off-white palette can be found by clicking here and the option exists, given their common styling and palette to merge the two floors to secure a larger surface area. The tiles are 20cm square, over 2cms thick and weigh close to 2 kilos each. The design of the main field tile is strongly geometric, framed by a more rounded border tile evoking art nouveau styling.
The tiles have cleaned well, revealing a beautifully rich aged patina but not at the expense of the tiles robustness. Some display groutable chips and edge nibbles, as shown in the high resolution photographs below but any tiles with larger chips have been rejected and are supplied free for offcuts or spares. Having been professionally cleaned the tiles are now in there original matt state, having had old dirt, wax and sealants removed and will require re-sealing to protect them against staining. This is a clear paint on product applied in two coats once the floor is relaid and the joints are dry and one which we supply with the floor purchase. Optionally, the floor can be machine wax polished to add lustre and protection and the waxing would give the tiles an appealing satin sheen.
This is an elegant and classical floor in a cool palette, pure in its design and unmistakingly French. We think its one lending itself perfectly to relaying in an entrance hall or reception room. Being a cured rather than a fired tile it can only be laid inside the home as there is the risk of the tiles becoming damaged over time by freezing and thawing in winter if laid externally.
Delivery to UK mainland addresses is c. 3 weeks. For all other destinations we will be happy to provide a quote for both the transport, at cost, and the estimated lead-time.
Tile quantities, give to take one or two*:-
Main field tiles - 290
Large borders - 45 (plus 4 mitre cut corner tiles)
* plus c.25 tiles for offcuts or laying in the floor at your discretion