9.3m2+ / 100 sq ft antique Amay floor in a pastel palette
A reclaimed Belgian antique ceramic floor, now fully restored and arriving ready to relay the floor totals 9.3m2+ / 100 sq ft.
The floor was manufactured in the early part of the twentieth century by Societe Anonyme la Nouvelle Ceramique Amay (Belgique) and we include scans in the gallery of the presentation of the tiles in their original album.
The floor bears all the fluid design of art nouveau styling, a pastel vegetal themed field tile framed by a same size and half sized border.
14cm square and 15mm thick, the tiles have cleaned superbly and the floor is in excellent condition as the random section photographed for the gallery show. All 4 large border and 8 small border corners have been reclaimed.
Highly fired, it can be laid inside or outside of the home, and so suitable for a patio, conservatory, entrance path or summer house where a regular wash is all that will be needed to maintain the floors beauty.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
FIELD - 305 tiles - 6m2 / 64.6 sq ft.
LARGE BORDER - 100 tiles plus 4 corners - 2m2 / 21.5 sq. ft or 14.6 linear metres / 47.8 linear ft.
SMALL BORDER - 125 tiles plus 8 corners - 1.3m2 / 14 sq ft. or 17.8 linear metres / 58.4 linear ft.
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.