An antique Boch Freres ceramic floor with triple borders
In the latter stages of its restoration and available soon an antique ceramic encaustic floor in a cool palette.
Manufactured by Boch Freres, Maubeuge the principal field tile is fluid in its four tile motif tessellation and framed by a triple border series of a same size, 15cm square border and a half border laid in duplicate. The larger border introduces emerald green and mustard to the palette and the double half borders mushroom and beige.
The ceramic is quality; 14mm thick, as expected from one of France's great heritage producers and a rare one in that they are still selling globally now over 150 years later.
The tiles have a charming antique patina; some bear edge nibbles, some small groutable chips but there is no surface wear, colours are consistent and the tiles weigh close to 1kg each.
A highly fired tile they can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work very efficiently with underfloor heating systems. Being ceramic and having virtually zero surface porosity they do not require sealing and a regular wash is all that is needed to retain their beauty.
Available by the m2 / sq ft.
Minimum order quantity is 5m2 / 55 sq ft unless part of a larger order.
Enquire for tile counts by tile type or let us know your surface area requirement.
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.