by Emmi Micallef August 28, 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, Belgian and Italian tile, brick, stone, wood and terra cotta 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 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.
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, Belgian and Italian tile, wood, brick, stone and terra cotta installations. To register for Trade Pricing, please click here. What sets Historic Decorative Materials apart from other suppliers of reclaimed materials, is that both Emmi and François Micallef are artists creating original tile collections that they glaze and fire in their Massachusetts facility. These tile collections are designed with the single intention of complimenting their historic surfaces.
Their newest tile collection is called Brushstrokes from Japan, a Minimalist Hand Painted Tile Collection. Inspired by the Japanese perspective, Shibui, this tile collection is a balance of simplicity and textural complexity, bathed in a soul restorative Japanese color palette that contrasts beautifully to aged stone and wood building materials.
A passion for historic decorative art tiles from France, Amsterdam, Italy and England pushed Emmi Micallef to hand paint a tile collection that ranges from classic Delft Tiles to reproducing Monet's kitchen tiles from his home in Giverny, France. To view a LOOK BOOK of all the collections, click here or on the image below.
The Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Floors are extraordinary. The colors of these aged French oak planks are not created by applying stains or oils. Highly skilled wood craftsmen perform an aging oxidation process onto each plank that works within the tannin of the oak. This changes the composition of the wood fibers where color is created authentically, as if they turned back time. The resulting French oak floors appear as if they have been salvaged from an 18th Century Château or French farmhouse. From videos of each color or viewing a gallery of installations, Historic Decorative Materials wants you to understand just how magnificent these aged French oak floors really are.
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. Enjoy a video from the Kings of France 18th Century French Oak Flooring Collection in color: Smolder, Herringbone Pattern. Paired with an aged French limestone called Marie Antoinette, these materials open up time capsules of beauty and history for sophisticated interiors.
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