Last week the tulip season officialy started in the Netherlands and what better way for us to celebrate this season with some lovely new additions to our website that depict our national icon.
Each year, between Christmas and New Year, we have been organizing a sales exhibition of rare antique Delft tiles and Dutch earthenware. However, due to the Covid-19 crisis, things are very different this year.
To make sure that our tiles arrive safely, we have a solution for any kind of shipment. From triple layered cardboard boxes for collectibles, to wooden export crates for installations of antique tiles. Always fully insured with short transit times.
All the projects we work on, whether they involve antique or reproduction tiles, are completely fine-tuned to the preferences of the client. This means that every tile in the final selection has been hand-picked by us.
The reclaimed Delft tiles that we sell for tiling projects are undergoing several condition checks and cleaning processes to ensure that they are in the most optimal condition to be safely reused.
On the 9th of March 2018 one of the oldest 18th century Dutch farm houses was presented to the public during a festive ceremony. After a restoration of more than 1,5 years, the new owner (Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser) was very proud to show the result to 150 guests.
Last Saturday we received a call from a construction worker that they had found an old tiled wall that was hidden behind a 19th century fire place. While the fire place was demolished and the wall behind it was broken down, another wall appeared.
The Zaanse Schans is famous for its beautiful houses and windmills. It captures the way Holland looked throughout the past centuries. Houses in the Zaanse Schans are still being restored from time to time. Often Delft tiles are required, such as this project.
Although over 800 million tiles were made between 1600 and 1900 in the Netherlands, finding original antique Dutch Delft tiles is in 2016 quite a challenge. Sure, after 45 years we have been to all the fairs and met all the collectors, so we know where to go if we are looking for a true collectible. But finding enough tiles to decorate a bathroom, hallway or a kitchen with, is a completely different hunt.
It was at the beginning of the seventeenth century that the Dutch tile industry started to florish and rapidly became the largest production area of the world. It was not only known for the sheer size, but also recognized as the industry with the highest quality and diversity of products.