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Old 05-30-2019, 06:25 PM   #1
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16th Century Flooring

Wondered if anyone had any historical knowledge. Im setting reclaimed 16th century french flooring. It seems theres different types of material, one is a limestone type with what appears to be a lime wash on top. Then a sandstone, very soft, then what seems to be a man-made, very rough and soft with a heavy fiber content and a lime wash on top. Curiousity is killing me what they would make tile out of centuries ago.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:53 AM   #2
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I don't know what your pieces would be (to me they visually look like a soft stone like limestone or travertine), but there is a group that deals with the history of the tile industry called the tile heritage foundation. They may be able to help you better identify the process used to create your flooring:

http://www.tileheritage.org/
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:06 AM   #3
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Many historic buildings use local stone. this is especially true if it is a government building. I cover this in my historic stone restoration seminar but in general chances are the stone is from that state. what state are you in and I might be able to find out what the stone is or you can also check with the local historic society.
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Location in his Profile says he's in Georgia, Fred.
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Opps I missed that...Georgia used a lot of marble from the Georgia Marble Company known as Georgia White. Of course it has changed a lot in years but my guess it is more than likely georgia white..does it have any grey in it at all.
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Don't know how much quarrying or tile making might have been going on in the 16th century in what is now known as Georgia, though. Also seems he's indicating the tiles are of French origin or at least that the tiles were originally set in France. That's the way I read his post, anyway.
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seems like a strange ceiling application
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:00 PM   #8
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Thanks Dan, Ill check them out.

Youre correct CX, they are of french origin.

I dont know how the pic is upside down, didnt see a quick fix available.

Thanks for yalls help!
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