First hand-crafted in medieval times, our
inlaid floor tiles originally graced ecclesiastical buildings and palaces.
Inspired by the Italian Renaissance’s love of beauty and lavishness, each
floor was meant to be a work of art…a durable mural. Legends and myths
were often told through the designs. Experiencing a resurgence
in the belle époque and art nouveau periods, these tiles again became a
canvas, evidencing the true decadence of the age and the exuberance of
being. From celebration of intricate patterns lavish in
expression, to subtlety confident in its simplicity.
Still gracing cathedrals and other architecture throughout the European
continent and the world, our tiles are a rare marriage of hand-crafted
artistry and technology, all to often absent today. A golden era
celebrated in stone. L’Antiquario is the world’s largest source
for antique encaustic tile and maintains a stock with over 300 authentic
pattern and border designs, many in large quantity. Our tiles
can be re-laid as entire floors, inset as marquees, borders, backsplashes
and even surface pools and fountains. The designs are endless.
We also offer a large and diverse selection of authentic antique ceramic
wall and decorative tiles - other coveted lost arts.