An art nouveau Belgian ceramic floor - pre 1912
A Belgian art nouveau floor with its same size lozenge themed border tiles now in the latter stages of restoration.
The floor was handmade 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 and the tiles display on their reverse the Maufroid rings and centralised 'M' stamp.
Both the main field tile and border tile*, in a cool palette of greys, white and sky blue, are 16cm square and 15mm thick.
*We can also provide a second option for a 16cm sq Maufroid Freres et Soeur border, see the last photo in the gallery.
The floor bears all the DNA of art nouveau styling; the principal field tile design tessellating across 4 tiles, framed by a same size border tile borrowing from the same cool palette.
The floor has cleaned well; the colours are crisp and consistent and the ceramic is excellent quality. There are occasional small chips and edge nibbles on a small number of tiles, all groutable. The high resolution photographs in the gallery are of a random section of 44 tiles, some 1.1m2.
We also have the same Maufroid Freres et Soeur field tile, with a different border, so the possibilities for two rooms using a common theme could present possibilities. The link to the floor its here
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.