French Pattern Tile is one of the most versatile and well known pattern used for flooring for many centuries. It was used to recover all the waste that came out of production and to give a diversity to each stone floor. Traditional French pattern, also known as Versailles Pattern ( named after the Versailles Palace) consisted of many different sizes and it looked completely random pieces of marble, or French limestone.
Today French pattern tile is produced in more basic marble sizes like 16×16 tile, 16×24 tile, 8×16 tile, and 8×8 tile. Tiles were installed in a repeat format so that it looks like an old World floor. One other advantage of this type of floor is that joints are wider than your typical marble floor and it forgives installation challenges with uneven floors, or tiles that are not perfect in sizing. There are variety of edges, finishes, thicknesses and formats of installation.
The most typical French Pattern tile edge finish is chiseled edge. Tiles are cut into squares and then edges are chipped manually or with a machine so that wide joint is less noticeable and installation does not need to be perfect. Second most popular French Pattern tile edge is brushed and chiseled, followed by tumbled edge. Surface can be honed marble or honed limestone. Ivory Travertine French Pattern tile is the most common French Pattern tile due to its functionality and price. Travertine French Pattern tile is available honed unfilled or tumbled unfilled. It comes in ½” thick for interior applications such as dining area floors, living room floors, or bathroom floors.
French Patterns tile used outside, such as pool deck, or patios, thickness is 1 ¼” thick or natural stone paver thickness. Thicker French Pattern tile can be mud set or thin set. A matching pool coping is also available. French Pattern tile in pavers is a perfect choice for pool decks. Ivory travertine or walnut travertine is the most common type.