A rich antique Belgian ceramic with its original borders c.13.5m2
A quality Belgian ceramic with its original same size borders, which can be laid singularly or back to back, as shown in the photographs, and a half size border.
The floor was produced in the early 20th century by Societe Anonyme Carreaux Ceramiques de Morialme, a scan from the page of their period catalogue showing the floor is included in the photo gallery.
The principal field tiles are 14cm square, 1.5cm thick and the the mosaically styalized design embraces a strong floral theme in a warm palette, where dark red and mustard are the dominant colours. The borders, using two separate tiles of one flower facing left and the other facing right, are lush in detail and frame the field tiles beautifully. There are also the original half size border tiles with the floor, see the photograph gallery.
The floor has cleaned well of its old lime based mortar and the faces, which were dulled owing to many years of waxing, now reveal consistent crisp colours as the high resolution photographs below show. Displaying a pleasing patina, with a small percentage of tiles having small groutable chips or edge nibblings expected of a floor over 100 years old, once laid (and they can be laid inside or outside of the home) they will not require sealing or waxing and a regular wash is all that is required to maintain their lustre and beauty.
The tiles are excellent distributors and retainers of heat and as such can be laid with underfloor heating systems.
Tile quantities by tile type:-
Field tiles - 389 - 7.6m2 / 82.1 sq. ft
Large borders - 195 (93 right flower, 102 left flower, plus all 4 internal and 4 external border corners) - 4m2 / 42.8 sq. ft or 14.2 linear metres / 46.6sq ft.
Small borders - 185 - 8 corners - 1.85m2 / 20 sq ft. or 26 linear metres / 86 linear ft.