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French reclaimed terra cotta tiles have a history and authenticity that few floors can match. Over 150 years ago, these tiles were hand made by digging up natural French clay deposits from the ground where artisans would then slap the clay into hand made wooden molds. After a period of drying time, these green ware tiles were extracted from the molds and placed in rows after rows to dry under the sun. From there, they were stacked inside large wood-burning kilns that used olive pits and their branches as fuel and fired to over 1100 degrees Celsius for a minimum of three days, while the artisans kept careful watch 24 hours/day on the flame, adding more fuel as needed. The kilns were understood to vary in degrees of heat - hotter near the bottom and cooler near the top. The result of this was that each fired tile would have a spectacular color range, as intriguing and prized today as 150 years ago. Salvaged from old farmhouses, or mas - today these tiles continue their story - re-purposed or reclaimed clay floor tiles that have many stories to tell.
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Why this Floor: Authentic French Decor. Historical accuracy and re-purposing of an amazing clay floor that is rich in history.
Sizes and Thickness: This varies from each lot.
Color and Texture: Colors and textures are highly varied.
Product Usage: Indoor and outdoor application in non-freeze/thaw climates. Installations from kitchen, dining room, great room, wine cellars to pool, terrace and commercial use such as restaurants, lobbies etc.
Installation and Maintenance: Thin-set installation. Installation instructions are provided with purchase of the tile. Wash with warm water and mild soap.
Special Features: Tiles salvaged or reclaimed from French farmhouses and chateaux are over 100-200 years old.
Coordinates with: Provincial French and vintage decor mixes beautifully with modern elements. Warming up cool lines with the softness of French terra cotta tile speaks volumes for eclectic aesthetics.