An impressive period Douvrin floor - c.16.5m2 / 177 sq ft.
Now fully restored and arriving ready to relay an impressive period French floor of 14cm sq tiles totalling c.16.5m2 / 177 sq ft.
The floor appears in the 1925 Compagnie Generale de Construction de Fours, Ceramique de Douvrin catalogue and we show scans of the tiles presentation in the photo gallery.
Three individual field tiles are used in the floors lay, complimented by both a same size and half size border, laid in duplicate.
The design and detail are superb on a pastel palette.
We are happy to advise on the potential best lay of the floor in your chosen area and in the context of the complexity of a lay of a floor such as this we will provide a computerised plan for you so you can see the floors layout and the tiler has a plan to follow.
The tiles have cleaned well of their old mortar to the reverse and sides and years of wax, which once dimmed the colours, now reveal a crisp tile slip.
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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.