Around the 2nd Century in Ancient Rome, the Opus Romano (now known as the French Pattern) first appeared in travertine flooring. A pattern that involves a repeated interlocking of four different modular sized pieces of stone.
During the French Renaissance between 15th and 16th centuries, artists and architects were inspired by the Classical era of Ancient Rome and emulated all things Greco Roman. Floors became increasingly ornate and the Roman pattern gained popularity amongst many of society's elite. It was afforded its modern name as the French or Versailles Stone pattern after adorning the Palace Versailles by Louis XIV in the 15th Century.
It has regained popularity many times throughout history and been recreated with many different types of stone. It can now be created with a porcelain collection at the Tile Depot known as Blanc Heritage.
Blanc Heritage is a stone-inspired porcelain from Italy, reminiscent of ancient handcrafted pavers. A neutral warm tumbled travertine design, it has uneven edges and a matt surface that give the range a distinctly aged and rustic character. It is produced in four modular sizes, (333 x 333mm, 333 x 500mm, 500 x 500mm and 500 x 1000mm) each sold separately, but able to be used together to recreate the French Pattern. A collection that gives a classic rustic look but with all the modern easy care and durability of Italian porcelain.
There have never been so many options for interior tiling with colour and pattern beyond the imagination. However in terms of timeless elegant design, much inspiration is taken from history, and with the Blanc Heritage collection, a touch of ancient design can be introduced into our interiors with the Opus Romano design.
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