Antique tile pavements have come back powerfully. This type of floors, which were born at the beginning of the last century, were in fashion during the sixties.
You have surely got some childhood memories about this type of tiles. They could be at grandparents’ home, uncle’s home or in old house in the village…
Over the years they were replaced by other type of pavements or covered by parquet because of their maintenance is difficult and they stained easier.
Nowadays, antique tile floors back in fashion as a result of restoration of old flats and vintage comeback.
Their modernist designs, with geometric shapes and floral motifs, provide to any space a refined and original touch.
Antique tile floors were made piece by piece and, though there are factories which manufacture traditional antique tiles nowadays, they are expensive and, in addition, they need some specific cares.
Because of traditional antique tiles are made of cement, they are porous and absorb any spot. For this reason, it is necessary to apply a primer to make them impermeable. Beside this, you have to clean them with specific products which do not damage tiles colours.
Nowadays, there are different alternative options to traditional antique tiles floors and you can enjoy its designs without its issues.
There are different pavements that imitate antique tile floors, from stoneware or porcelain tiles to vinyl floors that reproduce this type of floor perfectly. In addition, thanks to new techniques of digital printing, you can find antique tile designs hitherto unimaginable. You can choose between a wide range of shapes, colours and sizes.
Antique tile floors can be used in any environment or decorative style: rustic, classic, modern, industrial, vintage…
Although habitual tile size is 7,87” x 7,87” (20 x 20 cm.), other sizes from 3,93” x 3,93” (10 x 10 cm) to 39,37” (1 m.) can be found. This size variety increases placing possibilities and decorative uses of this type of floors.
Floors can be placed in different forms depending on the effect you want to obtain. You can make geometric shapes, create a carpet or place them arbitrarily like a patchwork carpet. Antique tile floors can be visually stifling over time. Because of this, they are used together with other type of floors forming friezes or covering specific areas like a carpet.
Antique tiles can be used not only for floors decoration, but also for decorating walls, countertops or ledges too.
In addition, new antique tile floors are very durables and can be used indoor or outdoor. They are less expensive and more practical than traditional antique tile floors.
They hardly stein and you can clean them easily without specific products. The new tiles are much more thin and light and their placing is faster and easier than original antique tiles.
If you like antique tile floors, you do not have excuses to place them in your home.