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French Tile Photos - Photos of Tiles in France


 

France lays claim to having been the birthplace of cement tile—around the mid-19th-century—so the amazing breadth and depth of tile styles to be found there comes as no surprise. Happen into an old bistro in Paris, perhaps, and there's bound to be cement tile on the floor that has stood up to decades, if not, a century or so, worth of use.

 

Are you a tile-phile planning a trip to France? Take some photos of your finds and share them with us.

 
Perfect Cement Floor for Traveling in Paris
 
Perfect Cement Floor for Traveling in Paris
 

This great little bookstore in Paris has just the right compass-themed historical cement tiles. Bon voyage!

 
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Exotic Cement Tile Entrance to French Restaurant in Paris
 
Exotic Cement Tile Entrance to French Restaurant in Paris
 

Au Petit Marguery boasts some exquisite original 1900 cement tiles. This tile is so durable it's like having a Persian rug that literally lasts forever (and can be mopped and walked on continuously).

 
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Dining Room at Au Petit Marguery in Paris
 
Dining Room at Au Petit Marguery in Paris
 

Here the place to go for a fine meal and spectacular cement tile floors: Au Petit Marguery in the 5th arrondissement in Paris.

 
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Details in Historic Parisian Cement Tiles
 
Details in Historic Parisian Cement Tiles
 

This double border looks and feels like it is dancing around the more staid and elegant field tile at Au Petit Marguery in Paris, France.

 
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Close up of Parisian Historic Cement Tile
 
Close up of Parisian Historic Cement Tile
 

This elaborate turn-of-the-century Parisian cement tile is full of minute and charming details.

 
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Gorgeous Historic French Cement Tile Holds Up in Commercial Kitchen
 
Gorgeous Historic French Cement Tile Holds Up in Commercial Kitchen
 

Just to prove that cement tiles can take a beating, here is a shot into the kitchen at Au Petit Marguery restaurant in Paris.

 
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Delightful Historic French Cement Tile Entryway
 
Delightful Historic French Cement Tile Entryway
 

One of the many great joys of being in Paris is peeking into the entrances of elegant old buildings and finding a stunning carpet of historic cement tiles. Et voilà!

 
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Symmetrical Historic Cement Tile Entryway in Paris
 
Symmetrical Historic Cement Tile Entryway in Paris
 

This French historical cement tile entryway is different from many of the other Parisian entryways we spotted. First of all it is symmetrical and square instead of long and rectangular. The colors and the patterns feel more medieval than floral or art deco.

 
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Regal Historic Cement Tile Bejewels Parisian Entryway
 
Regal Historic Cement Tile Bejewels Parisian Entryway
 

Even though we separated by glass from these lovely, jewel-like cement tiles, we attempted to capture the pleasing colors and forms in this less than perfect photo.

 
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Peering through the Glass Longingly at Cement Tile
 
Peering through the Glass Longingly at Cement Tile
 

Another in our sequence of historic cement tile entrances in Paris, France. That cruel glass that separates us from the object of our desire, a new pattern of cement tile (known in France as carreaux de ciment).

 
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Chartres Building Tiled from Head to Toe
 
Chartres Building Tiled from Head to Toe
 

This Chartres building looks like it hand a competition with itself to boast the most sensational historic French cement tile. See follow up photos for details.

 
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Close up of Elaborate Mail Slot in Chartres
 
Close up of Elaborate Mail Slot in Chartres
 

This is a most extraordinary French mail slot with its 3-dimensional decorative historic cement tiles. No mailman could possibly pass this one up. In case you were wondering, the tiny print on the metal mail slot says "pas de pub s.v.p." (No publicity please.)

 
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A Perfect Cement Tile Decoration in Chartres, France
 
A Perfect Cement Tile Decoration in Chartres, France
 

A traditional cement tile border and corner pattern look cleverly like a decorative piece of embroidery under this Chartres window.

 
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The Beauty in the Details: Historic Cement Tiles Framed in Brick
 
The Beauty in the Details: Historic Cement Tiles Framed in Brick
 

This is a novel and pleasing way to install cement tiles on an outside wall: place a variety of historic cement tile designs at a 45 degree tilt and frame them with brick. This clever idea was spotted in the picturesque town of Chartres, France.

 
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The Welcoming Committee to a Restaurant on Mont St. Michel: Historic French Cement Tiles
 
The Welcoming Committee to a Restaurant on Mont St. Michel: Historic French Cement Tiles
 

This restaurant on glorious Mont St. Michel in the north of France needs no host. The carpet of historic cement tiles at the entrance, along with the menu, are enough enticement.

 
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Mont St. Michel Restaurant Known for Giant Omeletes and Cement Tiles
 
Mont St. Michel Restaurant Known for Giant Omeletes and Cement Tiles
 

Wandering around the historic Mont St. Michel is a spectacular experience, made even better by this restaurant with giant omelettes and French cement tiles.

 
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