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cle notes — terracotta

our top 5 cyber monday sale picks

it's cyber monday: 24 hours and 2 offers. we know all-too-well that tile is heavy, so if you're looking to take advantage of free shipping site-wide (on all orders over $750) for one day only, we have a few suggestions worth considering.   the strata linea collection wish to own a little bit of history? each strata linea...

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how to: installing terracotta tiles

if you are installing any of our terracotta tiles, watch this video of a kitchen backsplash installation featuring our architects palette in blotter. it's a useful overview of everything from measuring to cutting to clean up.

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getting that perfect belgian reproduction look

clé has always been inspired by the european embrace of tile and how easily surfaces can be elevated and embellished by the materials that adorn them. it's what we have imbued in all of our products, especially our belgian reproduction line of terracotta. we created the line as an homage to the great open spaces...

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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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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 alluring alchemy of eastern earthenware

clé’s eastern earthenware line is a celebration of the power of fire and clay and the primal transformation that occurs when the two combine.   unlike the uniform glazes of tiles fired in gas or electric kilns, eastern earthenware is heralded for its variation in color, shade and surface texture. its exquisite surface...

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