A Sunflowers themed antique ceramic floor made by Douzies Maubeuge

A floor demanding to be the hero in any room, this antique ceramic floor with its original triple lay border tiles was manufactured by Ceramiques Maubeuge, Douzies Maubeuge in the early part of the twentieth century. The 15cm square main field and border tiles and the half size borders, laid in duplicate, can be seen in the scanned pages below of the Douzies Maubeuge catalogue in our possession. The design is elegant and styalised, unquestionably indulgent and strongly vegetal in its theme; a bouquet of four flowers meeting head to head in one corner and an open single flower in the other. The fluid grey and green design linking both is stongly art nouveau in its execution. 

An ornate border series frames the main field tiles and comprises of a same size floral themed border with a black domino band and a half size border tile which introduces mustard to the palette. The borders can be laid in triplicate, as shown in the photographs, with the half size borders top and bottom of the full size or as a double lay, using one of each. All the corner pieces for the borders are present and correct.

The floor has cleaned excellently revealing a good quality ceramic and slip and crisp colours. There is little evidence of any surface wear although, as expected of an antique tile, some display small chips and edge nibbles as can be seen in the photographs below. The floor can be laid inside or outside of the home as high summer and sub zero winter temperatures will have no effect on the tiles. Although 15mm thick the tiles can be laid with underfloor heating systems as they are excellent retainers and distributors of heat.

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. 

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