Up to 27.75m2 / 300 sq ft mosaic themed antique French floor c.1930
A large and quite unique antique French ceramic floor, dated 1930, using no fewer than nine individual tiles to create an impressive mosaic themed floor and offering the possibility to configure the field tiles into either large centralised motifs or smaller repeating four or eight tile tessellations. The tiles are 15cm sq and c.15mm thick.
The floor has been lifted from two adjoining rooms in a town house in the Nord Pas de Calais department of France built in the 1930's and totals c.27.75m2 / 300 sq ft. We have included photographs of the floor before it was lifted and transported to The Antique Floor Company for restoration. The palette of these strongly geometric tiles is white, sky blue, dusty pink, sea green and burgundy.
Being a highly fired ceramic tile they can be laid inside or outside of the home as high summer and sub-zero winter temperatures will not effect the tile. They are also excellent distributors and retainers of heat and will therefore work very efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
Owing to the size of the floor it is impractical to lay it out for photographic purposes and besides it is a floor that can be re-configured in different ways to fit your unique requirements. We have used the Tile Simulator available on our website to produce some options of how the motifs could be laid, depending on whether you prefer a large centralised motif using tens of tiles or simple repetitive four, eight, sixteen etc. tile motif tessellations across the full area of your floor.
Schematics produced by us show just some of the many available and the individual tiles have been loaded into the Tile Simulator under code CE133 so you can explore and create different options yourself.
NOTE:- Given the large size of the floor we would be happy to sell a smaller section, from a minimum of 5m2 up to its full 27.75m2 - Enquire for details.
FREE TECHNICAL DRAWING - Given the potential complexity of this floor we make a special offer here worth over £200. Should you commit to purchase the floor we will produce a technical drawing from dimensions you provide so you can see the finished design with the tiles graphically 'in-situ'. The technical plan will also summarise the tile quantities required for the design by tile type as well as providing the tiler with the necessary plan to lay the floor.
You can find out more details of the technical drawings service we offer here
Antique tiles were most commonly made in single or two tile moulds. Before current computer automation methods their moulds were made my hand and the colour slips mixed by eye. Kiln temperatures could also be variable, as could the firing time. The result is that often tiles display subtle size and thickness variations and there can be tonal variations in colours, owing to the slip mixing and/or firing time. All of this makes these handmade tiles unique and adds to their charm. Some floors display their subtle variations in size and tones, some not, but when photographing we always take a random section of the floor so that it is representative of the whole. A tiler should always dry lay a section of the tiles to familiarise himself with them before starting to fix lay.