Dear Potential Client - This is a letter to you:
Thank you for your interest in Historic Decorative Materials. We are an e-commerce site (where lots can be sold at any time) and showroom open by-appointment. Please click on the link or on the image below to schedule in advance a time and day for your appointment. We accept appointments on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
We understand you want to see samples in your home and compare them with your other samples - but these samples won't show the true expression of our materials - which include our oxidized, hand-crafted French oak flooring which is impressive when seen in installations as well as our hand-hewn and patinaed antiqued French limestone floors.
Finally, we understand your frustration and how it's not the "norm" in the interior design industry - but based on numbers alone, we have seen that samples do not sell jobs. It can actually lead to more questions, confusion or ultimately receive material that did not fit the "sample". In our industry, suppliers and manufacturers know one small sample will not represent the breadth of their stone and wood materials. Therefore, the number of hours and the amount of material and labor that goes into samples - that don't communicate the expanse of what the material is - is a losing proposition for us as a company. We hope you will study the website, the images that we personally take, the thoughtful descriptions of the products and understand our point of view. We take much effort to make our website a working website that engenders trust and understanding of our products. We highly suggest if this is an important job, please make an appointment to come see the material installed and grouted in our showroom. We cannot understand how one could even choose material from a small sample for jobs of substantial square footage.
Wall Tile Samples - can be purchased individually through our e-commerce site for our Historic Decorative Tile Collections, which include our Antiqued Delft and Monet Wall Tiles.
We are more than a company that offers reclaimed and aged European materials. We are the direct importers with close ties to our French, Italian, Belgian, English, Spanish and Moroccan suppliers. We are a husband and wife French and American run company who understands both cultures in order to be successful.
We have built a one-of-a-kind showroom that showcases the best of European materials 2 1/2 hours from NYC.
We are artists that craft our Historic Decorative Wall Tile Collections and our new antiqued cement tile collection, called A Catalan Farmhouse 1850 - inspired from European history. I hand painted the wall tile collections in which we kiln-fire and hand-crackle in our Pavé facility. For our new antiqued cement tile collection, we create a starting patina for each piece by-hand, also done in our Pavé facility. Depending on need and the materials, we build by-hand custom wooden crates in order for a successful transport throughout the US and Canada.
Our materials marry with many interiors - from Belgian, French and Industrial Farmhouse and Mid-Century to Historic English Georgian, California Boho, English Shaker, Cottage and Country - just to name a few.
Our e-commerce site: www.pavehdm.com - is a personal creative outlet to inspire you, as well as and more importantly, to present the most accurate images of our materials. We personally photograph the images of our materials from our showroom installations or outside when the material arrives. Those images are a reference tool for overall color variation, texture, and ambiance. These images are more inspirational than one single sample alone.
Finally, thank you for taking the time to read our position with samples. For large projects, a showroom visit is most worth it and our e-commerce site is available 24/7 to order materials.
We look forward to working with you.Emmi Micallef, Co-Founder