A beautiful 19m2 art nouveau ceramic floor
Now fully restored to its original beauty, a stunning Belgian art nouveau floor complete with its original same size border tiles, which can be laid singularly or back to back as shown in the photographs below. 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.
The total surface area is 19m2 / 205 sq ft and both the main field tile and border tile, in a cool palette of greys, offwhite and sky blue, are 16cm square and 15mm thick.
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. We are delighted to have recovered the full contingent of border tiles and their four internal and four external border corners. There are a large number of border tiles, 200 in total, providing for a linear lay of some 16.6 linear metres as a back to back lay or double that for a single lay.
The floor has cleaned well of its old mortar and wax and has a lovely patina; 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 below of around 1.5m2 of the floor are a randomly selected representation of the whole floor and being a highly fired tile it can be laid inside or outside of the home, working very efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 530 - 13.6m2 / 146 sq ft
Large border tiles - 200 plus 8 corners - 5.4m2 / 58 sq ft or 16.6 linear metres / 54.5 linear feet as a back to back lay