Fleur-de-Lis. Regal Tiles and French Style

The style that Fleur-de-Lis tiles represent in 2013 design is permanently anchored in the European and notably French portion of the American design character. Long a symbol of monarchal society, according to Wikipedia “the fleur-de-lis has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, it is particularly associated with the French monarchy in a historical context, and continues to appear in the arms of the King of Spain“. This elegant shape allows tiles patterned after it to bestow a classic expression on stylized current interior design.

Perhaps the best translation for Fleur-de-Lis is “flower of the lily”. It is said that “the three petals represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed”, or at least according to French historian Georges Duby.  While such depth of knowledge adds background, it may also help explain the allure the shape has held for centuries. On this topic, the very interesting site Style at Home posted Get the look: French design”. The author , Lauren McPhillips, suggested you “incorporate these 10 design elements into your home for a touch of classic French style”. Number Seven on this list was the Fleur-de- Lis, about which Ms. McPhillips said, “the fleur de lis has always held importance in French culture and design”.

Since its founding in 1954 by Norman Karlson, Country Floors has believed that certain elements of style transcend trends and periods. Certainly the symbolism of the Fleur-de-Lis and the place it holds in French history and design is a perfect example of this idea! Take a look at the very top of this post and also immediately above. The Country Floors brand proudly offers you ceramic tile Fleur-de-Lis options as part of our Alhambra Collection.

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