Victorian mosaics are geometric tiles that were created with versatility in mind. Traditionally these vitrified ceramic tiles came in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. The tiles were used to create an infinite array of tessellating designs to compliment and decorate period architecture.
Whilst being hard wearing and practical, Victorian mosaic floor tiles were installed for two main reasons, they were considered to be hygienic and decorative.
These Victorian tile schemes served to wow and entertain guests. In the modern day 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.
Some might say that the Victorian aesthetic was over the top, but the effect of decorative path tiles, hallway floor tiles or glazed ceramic porch panels will certainly impress any guest waiting at the door to your home.
Victorian mosaic floor and wall schemes are found throughout the UK. Most tend to be very decorative and are usually either composed of geometric tiles or more detailed in their design, using small pieces of marble, ceramic or glass, known as tesserae.
The most common design used for exterior paths is the black and white chequerboard using two inch square tiles.
More elaborate and colourful designs were often used for hall floor interiors and featured what are known as encaustic tiles at the intersections of 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.
Classic black and white chequerboard tiles have been used for centuries, and were most commonly used for exterior paths during the Victorian period.
We can supply Victorian chequered tiles in the following sizes: 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 100mm, 150mm and 200mm squares, in 32 different colours, combined with many choices of decorative border.
Our best selling checker board design is the Classic 50, a traditional Victorian black and white pattern with diamond border - equivalent to the two inch original style of design used during the Victorian period.
All our Black and White chequerboard designs are always discounted below recommended retail prices.
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.