An antique ceramic floor in light grey, blue and cream

An antique ceramic encaustic floor, the floor consists of a 14cm square field tile, a same size border tile and a half size border, which is laid in duplicate. The palette is cool in a mid-blue and light grey on a white slip. Dating from c.1930 the tessellation is classical and easy on the eye, the design both simple and pure with the more ornate lozenge themed borders framing the floor beautifully. 

The floor has been completely cleaned of its old lime-based mortar and years of wax revealing a quality ceramic 15mm thick, no surface wear and colours that are consistent. There are occasional small groutable chips and nibbles present on a number of tiles, as can be seen in the high resolution photographs of a random section of the floor, but the condition of the floor is excellent and being a highly fired tile they can be laid inside or outside of the home as they are impervious to high and sub zero temperatures. 

Inside the home they can be laid with underfloor heating systems as they are excellent retainers of heat and from a maintenance perspective the tiles do not need sealing or waxing once laid, waxing being an option exclusively for aesthetic reasons, as a regular wash is all that is needed to retain their beauty and lustre.

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. 

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