A thistle themed ceramic encaustic floor with same size borders

An antique Belgian ceramic encaustic floor complete with its original same size border tile, the tiles are 14.2cm square and 15mm thick.

The vegetal theme of the tiles, a theme consistently found during the art nouveau period, centres on 'chardons' or thistles; the palette offers cornflower blue, burgundy, mid greys and greens on a white tile excellent for distributing light. Along with photographs below of the floor we include a scan from a book in our possession that shows the same field tiles laid in The Winter Conservatory of The Religious Institute Ursuline in the Parish of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver in Belgium. The building was started in 1841 and the conservatory added in 1900. The floor, which has been reclaimed from the entrance area of a town house close to Namur in Belgium, is in good condition and having cleaned very well it reveals a good quality ceramic with a deep slip and colours that are consistent and vibrant and we think it would work well in an entrance hall or conservatory, linking house and garden. 

Ceramic encaustic tiles are highly fired and can be used with underfloor heating systems as well as providing the option to be laid outside of the home, on a patio, in a summer house or as a garden path as frost or ice will not damage the tiles. The tiles will not require sealing once laid and only a regular washing to maintian their beauty.

The high resolution photographs show a random section of the floor of around 1m2. 

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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