Small 5.8m2 antique Belgian ceramic floor
A small antique Belgian ceramic floor consisting of a 14cm sq. prinicpal field tile and a same size border, which can be laid in duplicate, as shown in the photographs, or singulary to double its linear length availability. The exterior border corner tile is in fact one of the principal field tiles and there are three interior border corner tiles recovered, meaning one will need to be mitre cut should a back to back border lay be the preferred option.
The design is rich and lush, indeed fluid, with a very complimentary border and field tile harmony. Some tiles are reverse stamped SM, which we believe is for Produits Ceramiques Societe Morilame, the original producer.
The floors total surface area is 5.8m2 / 62.4 sq. ft.
Each tile has now been professionally cleaned and the floor arrives ready to relay. This is a good ceramic offering crisp and consistant colours and a small number of tiles bear small, groutable chips or edge nibbles to be expected of a floor more than c.90 years old.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 240 - 4.8m2 / 51.7 sq. ft
Large Border tiles - 49 plus 3 internal corners - 1m2 / 10.7 sq. ft - 7.3 linear metres / 23.9 linear feet
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.