4.4m2 pre-1912 Belgian ceramic with art nouveau borders
A small and beautiful Belgian ceramic encaustic floor manufactured 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 and the tiles display on their reverse the Maufroid rings and centralised 'M'.
Totaling c.4.4m2+ / 48 sq ft these period ceramic tiles, are +/- 16.3cm sq and +/- 15mm thick
The field and border tiles bear all the DNA of art nouveau design and owing to having been handmade in small batches there are tonal variations in the slip colour of some tiles, as evidenced in the photographs of a randomly taken sample of the floor in the photo gallery.
The border tiles, for which 80 are available, can be laid either singularly or back to back as a double border lay, shown in the gallery. The floor has cleaned well of its old wax and lime based mortar; the faces show no signs of wear and the ceramic in excellent condition. A small number of tiles display groutable edge nibbles expected of a floor of between 108 years and 141 years old. Being a highly fired tile it can be laid inside or outside of the home as high summer and sub zero temperatures will have no effect on the ceramic. They will also work most efficiently with under floor heating systems.
A perfect floor for a small lobby, entrance, carpet style feature in a larger room, a toilet or small kitchen. The tiles can also be fixed to walls in a shower, as an antique bath splashback, in a chimney inglenook, above an Aga etc.
83 field tiles totaling 2.2m2 / 23.7 sq ft
80 border tiles totaling 2.2m2 / 23.7 sq ft or 13 linear metres / 42.7 linear feet (halve the lengths for a double border lay)