They are small individually coloured vitrified ceramic tiles of various sizes and geometric shapes that are arranged in repeating patterns, used to decorate a floor space.
The stately Victorian homes that line town and city streets are where these designs can easily be viewed and discovered.
These colourful Victorian tile designs were prized for both their beauty and ease of maintenance.
Whilst being hard wearing and practical, Victorian floor tiles were installed for two main reasons, they were considered to be hygienic and decorative.Aesthetically, the impact of mosaic path tiles, hallway floor tiles or glazed ceramic porch panels served to wow and impress any visiting guests.
The durability of this type of flooring is specifically due to each tile being made of a solid colour, achieved by pressing and firing a coloured ceramic dust at high temperatures. Tiles such as this are often referred to as dust-pressed tiles.
Many Victorian tile designs that have been properly installed and cared for are over 150 years old. The colours are still vibrant and the surface, although worn in places, remains intact and resilient. Their lasting presence is testament to the quality of both the manufacture of the tile and the skilled installation by the artisans of a bygone era.
The most common design that was used for exterior pathways is the black and white chequerboard using two inch square tiles.
More elaborate and colourful designs were often used for hallways and would additionally feature what are known as encaustic tiles at the intersections of the pattern.
Decorative mosaic floor tiles comprising smaller tesserae were more commonly found at the entrances to commercial premises and would feature the company name or logo and floral detailing.
With our reproduction Victorian tiles comes also the possibility of producing many contemporary designs as the combination of colours and shapes can produce many contrasting and graphic effects.
The range of reproduction floor tiles that we supply, are made in exactly the same way as the potteries of Victorian era, and therefore can be used to repair, maintain and reproduce this style of geometric design.The tradition of colourful and decorative geometric tiling remains to this day and has grown in popularity over the last few decades.
This traditional style of flooring is an ideal way to complement and embellish the interior and exterior design of both period and modern homes.
We sell a high quality range of traditional Victorian mosaic floor tiles suitable for interior and exterior use.
For a hard wearing, practical and elegant flooring solution we have the most extensive range of floor tile designs for both the traditional and contemporary home.
We offer full customisation of all our designs, from colourways to patterns. Contact our design team to discuss your requirements.
From classic black and white tiles to decorative multi-colour, geometric Victorian mosaic tiles, we offer our designs in a sheeted format.
Our innovative sheeting service enables the laying of reproduction Victorian floor tile designs quicker and more accurately, saving you money on installation and delivering outstandingly beautiful results.
Individual geometric tiles are carefully assembled by hand into repeating sections that tessellate to create decorative traditional designs.
Our restoration service commonly involves the careful removal of damaged sections of mosaic, replacing damaged or missing areas with tiles cut to match the dimensions of the originals.
Where appropriate we aim to carry out repairs with salvaged original tiles and closely match colours with modern equivalents. Loose areas of geometric tiles are usually lifted and reinstalled at the correct level. The tiles are then chemically cleaned to remove ingrained dirt and residues.