Renaissance of an astonishingly modern art form
the time of Thibaut IV, the huge medieval fairs of the Champagne country
region became the cradles of a decorative art that radiated throughout
artisans replicated their medieval world: the bestiary prevalent on farms
and in the forests, the heraldic repertory, and various natural vines,
together with a whole series of different geometric shapes that were assembled
into larger geometric patterns.
Provins, the capital city of the counts of Champagne, became one of the most famous of these tile-producing centres.
Once again, Provins has become the centre of a very refined art form.
The Provins Medieval Tile has come to life once more, thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated researchers, artists and historians, all experts in a tile firing process that is almost a form of alchemy.
These specialists have rediscovered the secrets of the tile's composition, analysed and reproduced many of its ancient patterns, and tested new combinations of different types of clays and metals.
this endeavour was simply part of a larger effort to preserve our national
Provins Medieval Tile is highly unusual because of the technique used,
other ("l'engobe" in French) keeps its natural colour or is
tinted with oxides
After drying, the tile is glazed.
In order to thoroughly replicate traditional medieval techniques, the enamels are made in our workshop.
These enamels, when combined, offer a wide variety of colours.
Photographs : Guillaume ROCROY