Saturday, December 11, 2010

Floor Tiles

Cambodia: Floor Tiles

Antique floor tiles of a French colonial-era building on Post Office Square in Phnom Penh, at the Golden Mermaid restaurant. Note the deep colors and fleur-de-lis not found in most modern tiles used in Cambodian buildings. Such tiles are often ripped up and discarded when an old building is refurbished, destroying a bit of history in the process. The proprietor of the Golden Mermaid was thoughtful enough to preserve the original tiles in place and even incorporate some of the broken tiles into the design of the bar counter.


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