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cle notes — deborah osburn

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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everything you need to know about tile... well almost

want to know more about tile? we were recently featured on remodelista in this invaluable tile cheat sheet of sorts, Remodeling 101: A Guide to the Only 7 Types of Tile You Need to Know  - featuring zellige, terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, glass, natural stone, cement tile and the ubiquitous subway.  shown above: zellige weathered...

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The New York Times - Advice for Renovating Your Home with Second Shelf

in a recent ny times post, as part of their design special section- they asked readers to send questions about renovating their homes. here is one of the questions which featured clé tile, "My bathroom needs a redo, but I’m bored to death of subway tile. Where should I go to find something more...

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