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Design with Florentine brick tiles

The tiles look specially good, of course, when matched with elegant antique furniture, but equally pleasing have been the numerous original attempts to harmonize the old-style tiles with the best in modern functional design. The problem created by the use of ceramic porcelain for decorating the outside of Buildings, is of particular relevance these days. The greatest difficulties are, the need to stand up to freezing weather conditions and to surface wear. Manetti' s tile have demonstrated that not only do they fulfill the above conditions, they are in no way affected by the abrasive action of sand or the salt air. The formats you can choose are many and come in all normal sizes: square, oblong in the 14th century style, octagonal, rectangular, for planking boards, as well as step, corners for terrace and swimming pool edges. Each tile, the result of a careful drawing process, is a masterpiece of precision craftsmanship; some of the formats are finished completely by hand, pressing the earth between specially designed wooden forms. This method hasn't changed over the centuries, and still turns out tiles which are a "must" for modern artistic floor-work as much as for restoration of antique floors.

The history

Among the many human achievements which give, and have always given, Tuscany its special place in the history of mankind and his aesthetic aspirations, one of the characteristics is perhaps the famous Florentine brick tiles. It abounds all over the region, in churches, palaces, and even the medieval dwelling which are now so popular as country residences, either as an actual building material or as a decorative element. We even find it being used to pave the streets and squares of the medieval towns. Brunelleschi's cupola (in Florence), the most outstanding "building" in the whole of Tuscany, itself does justice to the ancient tradition.

The town of Impruneta (FI) has always played an important part in the history of the Florentine brick tile-industry. The first terracotta artefacts, in their original coarse state or glazed with a leaden varnish, were undoubtedly produced some time before 1308, when the first mention of them occurs in the town's records, during a meeting of the "jug and pitcher" makers to reform the statues binding their corporation, or guild. Manetti's origins are not perhaps quite as lost in the mists of time as the Impruneta guild's, but the present firm a, was established in the last century. Professional architects and technical design studios, building firms and Ministry of Works officers have always recognized in the tile range of Manetti, the sort of thing that makes choosing a tile from the limited range available on the market a far less playful operation than would otherwise be the case, given the quality required for high-class flooring today.


Gusmano Manetti was the first person to get the brilliant idea, back in 1926, of polishing the famous Impruneta tiles, convinced that in this way he would increase the possibilities for the use of this famous product far beyond what anyone had dreamed of up till then. He in fact discovered what is today a common process, the use of a graded series of diamond grinders: so when we hear of Florentine brick tiles being honored with the epithet "precious", we know that it's not really being misapplied! Where our clients require only a semi-polished finish, we have a special hand-polishing "rustic" process which give the tiles a distinctly "rustic" and "medieval" look, just like the old 15th century floors so familiar in the noble city palaces of Florence. In the brick smoothed and polished, then it is quite sufficient simply to take especial, care with the initial wax (like Fila wax, available in our pages on our request) treatment, after which the tiles don't require any particular looking after at all, and will imply grow more beautiful with age.


In our Web pages you can find thickness floors because it's less expensive shipping and laying this The laying is easy and this is possible whit the normal flooring gluing agents also over old floors, (a novelty), and once laid, you can't tell the difference between our tile and the traditional heavy Florentine brick-tiles. Howe where it' s available all products of Manetti Florentine brick tiles to our store or after one week beside your request.