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DE OPKAMER - OLD BUILDING MATERIALS, EXCLUSIVE FLOORS AND ANTIQUE FIREPLACES
Who are we?
We are a small family business, specialized in old building materials, such as antique fireplaces and exclusive natural stone floors. You can recognize our passion for antique building materials in our attractive showroom and in our warehouses, where old fireplaces and floors are restored and stored.
Exclusive collection of old building materials
Every four weeks we roam Europe smiling, while we are looking for old building material gems. In Belgium, we may find unique old Belgian bluestone floors, or we may dismantle beautiful antique church floors or blue flagstone from ancient monasteries.
We transport these exclusive old stone floors to our warehouses, where the old floor components are cleaned and prepared to be sold. Old blue stone floors are now very rare. We therefore also have a beautiful collection of floors made of Belgian stone. These floors are aged by means of various processing techniques to obtain the authenticity and the character of original old natural stone floors.
Antique marble and limestone fireplaces
Beautiful antique fireplaces are predominantly sourced in France, Italy and Belgium. We have a special collection of approximately 250 antique fireplaces in marble or limestone. Our antique marble fireplace mantles often date from the 18th century and are craftily carved from old and rare marbles. In addition to old marble fireplaces, we also have a wide choice of antique limestone fireplaces and exclusive antique decorative fireplaces of marble stone. Our antique fireplaces have a special diversity of styles, ranging from old Renaissance fireplaces, to richly decorated Louis XV fireplaces and rugged old castle fireplaces. We have a weak spot for simple and austere Campagnarde fireplaces ourselves; they just radiate authenticity.
Old Fireplaces, custom-made
In addition to antique fireplaces, we can also provide custom fireplaces. Our stone carver in France is a specialist in chiseling and carving fireplaces out of French limestone. In our showroom, we are showcasing around thirty fireplace types, which can be carved especially for you in your desired dimensions.
Authentic French Floors
In France, we also find other unique old floors such as old Burgundian flagstones, 18th-century old oak plank floors and antique terracotta farm tiles.
Antique Burgundian flagstones are the pinnacle of authenticity. De Opkamer specializes in these exclusive floors which are often called 'dalles de Bourgogne'. These Burgundian flagstones are old limestone floors which sometimes emerge during the renovation or demolition of an old farm and they may be as thick as 10 to 15 cms. We generally saw the top layer (first layer) back to 3 cm thickness, so that our tilers can lay perfectly fitting floors for our customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Antique French terracotta floors are a bit less exclusive but look beautiful in old farmhouses. Old terracotta floors often have different names such as old farm tiles or old French tiles. In the olden days, these tiles were formed by hand out of local clay and then fired in traditional ring kilns. French tiles are characterized by their beautiful color palette of various reds and oranges. Sometimes we also have nice ancient white, grey or traditional terracotta tiles available.
Old Dutch terracotta tiles, the so-called estrikken, originate in the Netherlands. These antique tiles are available in two colors. In particular, the blue grey reduction fired terracotta tiles are very popular. These reduction fired floor tiles come in beautiful shades of blue and grey.
In Belgium these old terracotta floor tiles are better known as blue reduction fired Boomse tiles or old black Boomse tiles.
Antique building materials
We offer a collection of beautiful old garden ornaments such as old troughs, antique wells and old steps. We also have a special collection of unique antique cast iron firebacks. There is always a large stock of old bricks, including hand shaped ijsselsteentjes, bricks made out of clay from the river IJssel, Boomse schouwklompjes bricks, and old paepsteen bricks.
We hope that our passion for our craft has raised your interest.
Michel & Carola
Material & Quality
Antique building materials such as fireplaces, old oak plank floors and exclusive natural stone floors are the specialty of the Opkamer. These are often historic building materials that can be released from the recovery of old farmhouses, monasteries, historic farmhouses and churches and are essential for the restoration of your farm or your new home.
The old floors we find range from natural stone floors Belgian bluestone, French terracotta tiles, old Dutch braised terracotta tiles, bluestone slabs, antique farm tiles and antique fireplaces of old French limestone and marble fireplaces.
In our collection we have also exclusive natural stone flooring availbable such as blue stone floors of Belgian bluestone, old church floors, antique Burgundy slabs, old bluestone floor tiles and old church dales.