40m2+/430 sq ft antique Belgian Chimay floor with original borders
Unusual to reclaim a floor of this size, a now restored and arriving ready to relay antique ceramic floor of 14.5cm square tiles.
While the main field tiles clearly have Art Deco DNA in their design, the floor was actually produced much earlier, having been manufactured just before WWI in Chimay, Belgium.
The floor totals some 40m2+ / 430 sq ft+ and we can provide tile counts by the principal field tile and same size borders, including 12 large border corners reclaimed.
The floor has an appealing antique patina, there are small chips evident on some tiles and all groutable and there are some tiles bearing capillary cracks, formed when the tiles left the kiln and were cooling. Again, all groutable, as they were when the floor was originally laid over 100 years ago.
The photographs are of a random selection of the floor, some 1.5m2 / 16 sq ft.
A highly fired tile, it can be laid inside or outside of the home.
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.