by Emmi Micallef February 01, 2017In this blog, I detail the why behind the beauty of French limestone. As an indigenous limestone under the bedrock that is France, artisans, masons, kings and queens throughout the centuries have sculpted this extraordinary limestone into châteaux and stone flooring for all the world to enjoy.
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Historic Decorative Materials, a division of Pavé Tile, Wood & Stone, Inc. is an e-commerce site that supplies reclaimed and aged French and Belgian stone, brick and wood flooring to the fine home building market. After 20 years in business, co-owner François Micallef born and raised in the South of France, holds court with some of the best reclaimed material suppliers in Europe. From French limestone and Belgian Bluestone pavers to French oak wide-plank flooring in solid and engineered planks, as well as reclaimed Belgian veneer bricks and French reclaimed terra cotta tiles - architects and designers choose these formidable surfaces for their exceptional building and renovation projects.
Historic Decorative Materials is an e-commerce site that is meant as a tool to purchase on-line reclaimed as well as highly crafted European surfaces. Drawing inspiration from historical reference, Emmi Micallef's original hand painted decorative tiles compliment HDM's reclaimed tile, brick, wood and stone surfaces. Her Delft Tile Collection, featured below, is just one of four collections, with several more to come. Sharing a partnership with it's parent company, Pavé Tile, Wood & Stone, Inc., a by-appointment showroom is available to the trade and homeowners to view and design from Pavé's showroom's extraordinary French and Belgian tile, wood, brick and stone installations. As an artist, Emmi uses the basic rules of fine painting - color/tone, light value and the saturation scale within the materials themselves and in relation to a client's home, furniture and artwork - to achieve a beautiful balance of texture, color and light throughout the theme of the home. To register for Trade Pricing, please click here.
Historic Decorative Materials NEW YouTube Channel is the venue to view and experience their antique and aged tile, brick, wood and stone flooring through video. Below, enjoy learning about their Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Flooring in Charcoal. A grey wood floor that is a symphony of light and dark charcoal grays with oak grey undertones. Neither a stain nor an oil, these gray wood floors are achieved through an oxidation process that works with the tannins of the French oak - literally changing the composition of the wood fibers.
Specializing in original hand painted tiles based on historic reference, click here or on the image below to view a LOOK BOOK of these historically accurate and beautiful decorative tiles partnered with antique and aged French oak flooring and Belgian Bluestone Pavers.
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