Full restoration and Replication of Stunning Edwardian Mosaic Tiling across Scotland and the North of England.
The history of Edwardian Tiling
From the 1860’s, geometric and encaustic tiled floors started to appear in public buildings, churches and the more expensive Victorian villas. Their rise to fashion was assured by their use in such prestigious buildings and by the 1890s they had become an essential feature in the most ordinary Victorian and then Edwardian terraced houses and tenement buildings. As well as adding prestige and colour to a Victorian hall, they were also remarkably practical. Although it’s improbable that the average Victorian builder gave much thought to the lifespan of such a feature, they often had 25-year guarantees. It is a fact that most domestic interior tiled floors have survived 100 years of family wear and tear. With some repair and restoration and little care, they will probably be good for another 100 years.
While there is some debate about when the Edwardian Era ended, we generally classify it as between 1901 and 1914. Edwardian style took influence from Georgian and Medieval era. Simpler patterns laid out on larger tile sizes replaced the more complicated Victorian style whilst the colour pallete was commonly earthy browns, reds and yellows along with blacks and whites. And while Edwardian tiled flooring was still a popular architecturally decorative choice for so many houses, there was a new wave of home owners who were moving away from tiled hallways and flooring, replacing them with wooden flooring and Edwardian patterned rugs on top.
How can Were help?
At Were, we are a specialist tiler with the training and qualifications to work on these stunning Edwardian tiling projects. From the full restoration of existing Edwardian tiling projects for your home to new fittings that look to capture the original prestige of these geometric designs.
Please feel free to get in touch and let us know a bit about the project you’re planning.
We were replacing a carpet in our hall and discovered the original Victorian tiling was still there. Andrew came to our home, looked at the tiling and gave us a quote with no hassle. His attention to detail and careful and methodical approach are clear in the end results. We are so delighted with the work that he has done. We never thought about having a tiled hallway but we are more than delighted with the results and it has increased the value of our home considerably.
We were looking for our Storm Door area and hallway to have a matching contemporary geometric tile design to them. We want a modern take that worked with our period Victorian home. Andrew was one of three tilers we call. He was the only one who took any measurements and really looked at the set up that we wanted. We went Were because they seemed to know what they were talking about and we were impressed with their detailed quote breakdown. It meant we knew exactly what to expect. And the end result - we could not be more happy with the end results. Our hallway looks better than ever.
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