50 Octave Colozier border tiles c.1913

A run of antique French ceramic border tiles 14.2cm sq and 15mm thick

Produced in France by Octave Colozier St Just des Marais, Oise we show a scan from their original 1913 catalogue showing the tile

50 tiles available totalling 7.25 linear metres / 23.7 linear feet, plus some free tile rejects to use as halves or to mitre cut corner tiles

The tiles arrive professionally cleaned and ready to relay where they will make a beautiful statement to frame a floor or as a decorative feature above a sink, bath, as a practical kitchen counter run, splash-back, chimney hearth tile etc.


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.