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zellige: the perfectly imperfect tile

In a workshop in northern Morocco, artisans pack local clay into shallow rectangular molds, then lay the slabs in the sun to dry before stacking them like card houses into kilns stoked with olive pits to fire overnight. The techniques they use are ancient, passed down through generations from artisan to apprentice....

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freeze/thaw - a guide to our frost-resistant tiles

  if you are thinking of using tile outdoors you will want to check the temperature. depending on where you live, your location will determine the suitability of a tile. just like plants, not all tiles are frost hardy, in fact, many are not. why? if a tile absorbs too much moisture...

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the clé guide to: tiling the fireplace

looking for a relatively inexpensive way to add visual impact to a room? tile the fireplace. whether you choose to tile the surround, the mantel or the fireplace hearth, many of clé’s tiles can be used for these surfaces. (we currently do not offer tile for the firebox). the ones we like...

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the power of grout

if you think grout is just an add-on product for your tile then think again. while we like to point out that your tile installation is only as good as your tile installer, the color of grout you choose to pair with your tile selection can make (or break) a project. earlier...

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The Modern Brick Guide

Liberty: the glamorous subway (but still a brick) the glamorous subway—clé’s liberty collection offers an array of deep, glamorous colors inspired by early nineteenth-century, urban new york. drawing on the modern feel of this era of industrialization and urbanization, this hard-working thin-glazed brick is a standard, masonry brick, a size preferred by architects...

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