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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 two we recommend most are zellige and...

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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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modern farmhouse brick - the new subway tile

it's back! earlier this year we tested the waters with a farmhouse brick. the response was so good that we've brought it back with a slight tweak – we elongated the form to make it a tad more modern while keeping its rustic surface and shimmer. so if you are looking for...

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announcing the launch of FOUNDRY FLATS

we have been on a mission for a while now, looking for an american-made thin brick, and recently discovered these FOUNDRY FLATS at a family run business with a long history of working with clay. sourced from materials located within 25 miles of the factory, our flats are solidly made with a...

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announcing eskayel + clé

anyone familiar with eskayel’s fabrics, wall coverings and rugs will recognize our latest artist-tile collaboration with founder shanan campanaro. an inveterate global traveler, the brooklyn-based designer creates watercolor paintings inspired by nature and her global ventures -  images that are ultimately adapted into her ethereal, eco-friendly fabrics. translating shanan’s fluid fabric patterns...

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