13m2 Belgian Art Nouveau floor with double borders
Reclaimed from a town house in Namur, Belgium and now fully restored and ready to relay, we present this antique Belgian ceramic of 13m2 / 140.5 sq ft.
The tiles bear the reverse inscription rings and stamped 'M' identifying it as having been produced by Carrelages Céramiques de Chimay, Maufroid Freres & Soeur, Rue Poncet, Bourlers, Henegouwen, Belgium, who later became: S.A. La Céramique de Bourlers.
Maufroid Freres et Soeur traded as such between 1879 and 1912, so the tiles were produced pre-1912. The lush and fluid art nouveau design of the floor in its cool palette of greys, off-white, charcoal, blue and green, would likely narrow the date of production to between 1900 and 1912.
The principal 16cm square field tiles are framed by a same size border, which can be laid singularly or, as we have shown in the photographs, back to back as a double lay. All 4 internal and 4 external border corner tiles are present and correct. The floor has cleaned well; it displays a rich patina but colours are consistent and there is no surface wear. A small number of tiles display small groutable chips or edge nibbles expected of a floor between 107 years and 140 years old but the ceramic is of excellent quality.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD TILES - 365 - 9.35m2 / 101 sq.ft
BORDER TILES - 135 plus 8 corners - 3.7m2 / 39.8 sq ft or 11.2 linear metres / 36.5 linear ft.*
* double the meterage should you opt for a single border lay.