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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.

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