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Encaustic Tile

Encaustic tile’s color is “burnt in,” sometimes as deeply as a quarter inch into the substrate. It’s almost indestructible (it’s often used in exteriors) and has a beautiful matte finish. Unfortunately this tile can be extremely expensive, especially the tile manufactured in England.

The encaustic tiles below are the kind I most often find in Brooklyn. I’ve been told they are copies of English tile and manufactured in the US . It was not easy to find replacements for them, at least for a reasonable price. I did find one company, however: L’Antiquario Tile in Florida,

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Bed-Stuy Entry

The tiles below, at least for my taste, are some of the nicest I’ve seen, and they’re quite reasonable. (Also from L’Antiquario Tile.) They are Flemish made around the beginning nineteenth century. There can be some irregularities in them, but I think that is part of their charm. Also, a good tile setter can lay them out to ease transitions between light and dark. The bathroom below was built from scratch, but the tile gives it a very genuine nineteenth century look.

Bed-Stuy Bath Renovation

Below is another type of encaustic tile, also very reasonable. It’s made in Morocco. It works best, I think, in a semi-formal or informal setting. I used it here in the little entrance of a carriage house.

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Brooklyn Carriage House Entry

Venetian Carpet

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Ingrain and Venetian carpets are the first machine made carpets in the U.S.  The machines were invented in France in 1801 and brought to the U.S. in 1829. This carpet was designed using thread colors provided by the manufacturer.

Wool thread provided by Family Heirloom.

Here is the final product–manufactured in Pennsylvania on the original 19th century looms.

Acid Etched Glass

Acid etched glass allows light but retains privacy: in doors separating a dining room and parlor, in bathrooms, or in transoms. The design is used by a glazier to create decals that are temporarily affixed to glass. The acid “etches” the exposed glass while the area of the decals remains transparent.

Acid etched glass inserted into a library hutch in lieu of wood panels.

Acid Etched Glass Victorian Door Shellac Finish

A design taken from a Victorian pattern book and used in an entry.

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