9.25m2 Maufroid Freres et Soeur ceramic floor with borders
Recently lifted from the reception room of a period property close to Namur, Belgium an antique Belgian ceramic tile dating from the late 19th / early 20th century. The tiles bear the reverse inscription rings and stamped 'M' identifying the floor 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.
Both the main field tile and large border tiles are 16cm sq (6 1/4 inches) and tessellate in a classically geometric design of an anchored mid-blue and white jewel motif framed by charcoal and white piping on a mid grey tile background. The same size borders are more ornate in a linked chain design, again offering mid blue, black and greys. A half size ceramic border in mustard, charcoal and white frames the same size border in duplicate and all eight border corners are available.
The floor has been professionally cleaned of its old mortar to the reverse and sides and years of wax and dirt removed from their faces. They arrive ready to relay. The slip is quality with no surface wear and consistent colours. A small number of tiles display edge nibbles or small groutable chips expected of a floor well over 100 years old but the photographs below are a representative random section of the floor.
Being ceramic and highly fired the tiles can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work very efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 220 tiles - 5.6 m2 or 60.7 sq ft
Large Border tiles - 73 tiles plus 4 corners - 2 m2 or 21.5 sq ft or 12.3 linear metres or 40.4 linear feet
Half size Borders - 127 tiles plus 8 corners - 1.7 m2 or 18 sq ft. or 21 linear metres or 68.7 linear feet