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Genuine Antique Terracotta

Lapicida’s team of antique reclaimed floor experts lead the field in discovering and sourcing the very finest stone. From the most esteemed stately homes, manor houses and chateaux to rustic farmhouses and impressive public buildings throughout Europe and the Middle East.

HOW LAPICIDA RECLAIMS THE PAST

Each consignment is carefully catalogued and transported to Lapicida’s 15,000 sq ft conditioning rooms in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Here, craftsmen carefully clean, accurately measure and expertly shape individual stone tiles to fit their specific destination. The entire process is documented with photographic proof and precise written details – this records its provenance and is the nearest thing there is to a stone passport. Once the antique reclaimed floor leaves the conditioning rooms, every floor is finally checked and photographed through every stage until it reaches its final home.

ANTIQUE TERRACOTTA

Genuine antique terracotta is one of the rare floor types that we specialise in reclaiming and breathing new life into. The beautifully tessellated handmade clay floor tiles – some dating back to the 17th century – are professionally salvaged from historic buildings from various regions of France.

In an array of warm shades – from rich red to burnt orange and golden brown – these exceptional tiles are surprisingly easy to maintain. And because they were originally fired in a kiln at extreme temperatures, they are extremely durable. Authentic reclaimed terracotta tiles are ideal for adding an authentic air to interiors and exterior schemes. Perfect for achieving the ‘Country Charm’ look.

Terracotta, which literally means ‘baked earth’ in Italian, is a type of fired clay, usually of a rich red or orange colour. Historically, terracotta material has been used for thousands of years… as cooking vessels, in building materials and to create art. 

To see perhaps one of the world’s most famous ‘terracotta’ artworks, look no further than the National Museum of Liverpool, which is the current host to the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. The museum explains “for over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire.”

EXCLUSIVE MURANO ARTISAN TERRACOTTA

Terracotta has also been elevated to an art-form. The exclusive Murano Collection, is a range of ultra-luxurious handmade tiles. The DNA Design combines khaki terracotta and dark inlaid Murano glass from Venice. Incorporating dark earthy browns, the inlaid glass has a 3D texture that comes to life when backlit. Utterly unique. Completely stunning.

FUTURE FIT

Lapicida’s remit is to always ensure that these antique tiles are fit for modern building requirements, while maintaining their historic integrity. The materials must be milled to a regulated thickness before being laid down in an interior project. Each antique floor is calibrated to a 30mm+/- depth for internal use and then crafted using a combination of age old and modern techniques.

Antique stone floors are recycled therefore they present an environmentally friendly alternative for discerning customers. As a sustainably-aware organisation, Lapicida has invested heavily in this area of its stone business.

TALK TO THE TERRACOTTA EXPERTS

Lapicida’s collection of antique reclaimed flooring is one of the largest on the planet. Spanning over 5,000ft, it provides the opportunity for visitors to view individual consignments. Alternatively, samples are available to purchase online here. For more information, simply contact Lapicida on +44 (0)1423 400 100 or email enquiries@lapicida.com.

For more ‘Terracotta’ inspiration, click here to explore our ‘Design Spotlight: Terracotta’ Pinterest Board.

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