Chequer Stone and Marble Flooring


This idea of a chequerboard design has been around since the dawn of man, however the idea of the chequerboard marble floor is something that we associate with the Renaissance, where artists and architects sought to reproduce their idea of ancient Rome.

St Pauls Cathedral Floor

The theme constantly appears in paintings from the time and helps to create and exaggerate perspective. The great Romantic and early Victorian travellers will have seen these floors and paintings on their "Grand Tour" and incorporated it into the grand stately homes of Britain.

One of the UK's most famous floors is that in St Pauls, designed by Sir Christoper Wren. This is a relatively modern church and uses a very black Belgian marble with Italian Carrara. Older churches in the UK and France are more likely to use different coloured Terra Cotta, and the floors are more fragmented in their design.

It is interesting to note that in Italy there is neither a pure white marble nor a black and the floors of a typical Rennaisance Pallazzo will consist of a Carrara with grey tones on white, and instead of black, a blue grey marble called Bardiglio. There are of course many variations due to the multitude of natural colours in marble and one of the most popular choices is an off white limestone with the Vasco Gris.

Carrara and
Nero Marquina
Carrara and Nero marquina
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Carrara and
Bardiglio Grey
Carrara and Bardiglio Grey
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Carrara and
Belgian Bluestone
Carrara and Belgian Bluestone
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Aged Carrara
and Bluestone
Aged Carrara and Bluestone
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Andalucian Blanco
and Marquina
Andalucian Blanco and Marquina
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Crema Marfil
and Rojo Alicante
Crema Marfil and Rojo Alicante
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Black Marble
and Ming Green
Verde Marble and Ming Green
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Optical Floor
Design Italy
Optical Floor Design Italy
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Ufizzi Gallery
Floor Florence
Ufizzi Italy floor
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Palazzo Italy
Palazzo Italy floor
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Italian Marble Floor
Italian Marble Floor
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Wood Border
Italian Marble Floor
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Stone Floors with cabuchons.

An alternative to the chequer floor is the use of dots or cabuchons on the corner of tiles.

This can take the form of small inserts or hexagonal shapes and be made in marble or limestone.

Bateig Sandstone
Buckingham Flagstone
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Portland Stone
Buckingham Flagstone
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Kamen Limestone
Kamen Limestone
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Water jet Cutting

Witht he advent of digital water jet cutting, intruicate designs can be cut from CAD drawings.

This is often used for the inclusion of a floor motif or medallion but have other uses such as sign writing and fabrication of complicated border designs.

water jet marble

 

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