The history of Metlakh tiles began in the Middle Ages, and in the 19th century it was difficult to find a more popular material for flooring. Today, metlakh tiles, of course, are not so common, but as a finish for a wide variety of surfaces it deserves attention. Our tips site will prove it.
This type of ceramic tile got its name from the German city of Mettlach, where the production was located. The original supplier of the Metlach tiles was Villeroy & Boch. By the way, it was this brand that supplied ceramics for the Russian imperial court! Metlakh tiles can be seen in palaces and ceremonials of St. Petersburg, and they have not lost their respectable, attractive appearance..
What is the peculiarity of the Metlakh tiles – they are always small-format – from 3.5 to 20 centimeters, there are no large sizes. For production, refractory clay is used, which is fired at a temperature of + 1200 ° C. Such a high firing temperature ensures the density of sintering, the metlakh tiles are distinguished by increased indicators of frost resistance, hardness and acid resistance. Moreover, a natural dye is added before firing, so the broomstick does not fade, retains all indicators of strength and attractiveness for many years.
Experts note that in terms of its technical and operational parameters, brooms are very close to modern porcelain stoneware. So this type of tile can be used both indoors and outdoors. Most often, beautiful, original floor coverings are created from Metlakh tiles. But it is quite possible to use this material for a kitchen apron, and for the walls of the bathroom and toilet, and for facing the steps of the porch.
What is the main charm of the Metlakh tiles – the variety of geometric details and shades allows you to create ready-made “carpets”, a unique pattern on any surface. The shape of the tiles can be very different: rectangles, squares, octagons, crosses, special decorative elements for framing “carpets”.
In order to accurately reproduce the drawing, special markings are needed, the laying process itself is quite complicated. First, the main pattern is laid out from a larger tile, then small elements are added. It is important to ensure that each part is at the same level, differences in thickness are possible.
Metlakh tiles have many advantages:
- Very durable material, as proven by a long history;
- High strength. On brooms, you can drop heavy objects and even hit a car – the tiles will not crack;
- Not afraid of acids and alkalis, sun, wind, frost, snow and rain;
- Environmentally friendly material;
- Can be used anywhere in the house and outdoors;
- The ability to create a unique interior, decoration that no one else will have.
Of course, there are also disadvantages:
- Difficulty with installation, you need a professional tiler;
- There may be problems with cutting such a hard material. However, if you buy a ready-made “carpet” according to the size of a room or a garden path, then cutting is not required at all;
- Not everyone likes the classic look of Metlakh tiles, some consider it an outdated option;
- Price. It can be very high – up to 25 thousand rubles per square meter, or up to 1.3 thousand rubles per piece, if we are talking about such a famous French manufacturer as Winckelmans. However, you can find brooms and Russian, Dmitrov production at much more affordable prices – about 300-400 rubles per “square”. In addition, there are analogies, imitations of metlakh tiles, which are inexpensive..
By the way, Victorian paths, to which the portal has dedicated a separate photo collection, are also often made of Metlach tiles. They only choose more restrained colors.
In general, if you want to get a very durable, durable, original coating for walls, floors, steps, kitchen apron, basement and so on, metlakh tiles will be a good choice..