An antique ceramic Maubeuge floor in mid grey, blue and cream
An antique ceramic encaustic floor consisting of a 15cm square field tile and a same size border tile, both of which are +/- 15mm thick. The palette is cool in primrose blue, mid grey with charcoal piping on a white slip.
Classical in its tessellation and easy on the eye the design is both simple and pure and framed by its same size lozenge themed borders.
The floor has been completely cleaned of its old lime-based mortar and years of wax revealing a quality ceramic. There are occasional small groutable chips and nibbles present on a small number of tiles 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.
From a maintenance perspective the tiles do not need sealing or waxing once laid, waxing being an option exclusively for aesthetic reasons to add a satin or gloss sheen. 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.