Old tiles, newly made

OLD TILES, ANTIQUE TILES AND REPRODUCTIONS

Old tiles in villas and apartment buildings from the Wilhelminian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods are worth preserving. Often, the existing, historic installations have missing parts or are damaged. Since the beautiful, old tiles are usually not available, the procurement is usually rather difficult. We can help you with this:

GOLEM specialises in the reproduction of old, historic tiles – in addition to the possibility of completely replacing damaged surfaces with our old patterns from the Wilhelminian and Art Nouveau periods, you can also have the tiles you need for repair reproduced by us true to the original.

Our series of historical tiles

Historical wall tiles, modern artist’s designs and creative new developments on the basis of traditional craft techniques. Made in our manufactory in Sieversdorf.

Art Nouveau
Wall tiles

Our Art Nouveau and Art Déco
tiles are complemented by an
extensive assortment of beautiful
plain wall tiles.

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Jugendstilfliesen Dekor
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Dekormalerei

The thickness of the ornamental layer and the strength of the material guarantee durability over generations.

Craft

Coloured porcelain stoneware clays are filled by hand into a mould and pressed as an approx. 3 mm thick inlay layer with the carrier granulate. After approx. 70 hours in the kiln, one of the most resistant ceramic materials of all is created: traditional encaustic porcelain stoneware.

Material

Due to their excellent material properties, our porcelain stoneware floor tiles are suitable for underfloor heating, for heavily used areas such as the hallway, or also outdoors for terraces and balconies, and can be laid in a thin bed without further surface treatment.

STONEWARE FLOOR TILES

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Steinzeug mehrfarbig
Steinzeug reliefiert

Restoration and
Reproduction of old
historical tiles

Although our standard tiles resemble the antique, old models, they differ from the originals in size, colour shade or brightness. In former times there was no continuous standardisation and for understandable reasons we cannot use all pigments of the 19th century today.

The way to a good restoration of existing tiles can therefore only be via a custom-made tile based on the original. The adaptation of the replica to the original is then in the hands of our specialists.

In order to prepare a quotation free of charge, we require exact details (dimensions and number of pieces) of the tiles to be reproduced.

Development from Wilhelmian
to Art Nouveau period

Industrialisation led to an enormous growth of cities in Central Europe. Berlin, for example, grew from about 200,000 inhabitants around 1800 to 2 million by the outbreak of the First World War. This development was accompanied by a building boom that led to the foundation of many brick and tile factories. New techniques were developed, many of which are still relevant today.

Not only was high quality and durability required in the urban corridors, but the tiles also had to be representative of the taste and wealth of the households.

The motifs of the floor tiles in particular were often antique to eclectic, in keeping with the spirit of the times – an example of this is the frequent use of meandering friezes.

As a result, manufacturers no longer produce only to order according to the ideas of their clients, but create their own ranges. For these, a new medium emerged at the same time as Art Nouveau – mail-order catalogues. Germany’s major tile producers each presented hundreds of tile variants and shapes, elaborately embossed and coloured.

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