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a clé heritage tile

clé heritage are artisan tiles that carry the mark of a skilled artisan with each tile embodying variation in tone and surface. these tiles are to be treasured for their hand hewn quality and require a skilled installer.

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traditional terracotta designed for the everyday

tuscan farmhouse, modern edition

casale rustico features a hand-hewn italian terracotta clay body awash with a glossy white glaze with a slight surface ripple and all the imperfections of a sun-drenched tuscan farmhouse. perfect for projects seeking the warmth and rusticity of an artisan terracotta tile but with a minimalist air.

the misto rectangle is slightly smaller in size than the normale rectangle.

why we love this collection

clé has partnered with third generation italian terracotta tile makers fornace brioni to create an exclusive collection of a traditional terracotta tile and a glazed terracotta offering. both of these collections - the traditional cotto grigio and rosato, and casale rustico - embrace the hand made nature of this material that follows age-old tradition handed down through the generations. created with an elemental mix of purely clay and water, its finish and color are as natural as it gets. these everyday rustic terracottas suit all design styles and aesthetics, from the modern to the traditional.

our italian love affair with fornace brioni

if you, like all of us at clé, love tile, then it’s impossible to not have a passion for the material of the first tile makers: terracotta. the color of baked earth (the literal translation), terracotta is considered an evergreen material in the design world; always granting a project integrity and authenticity. when we were introduced to fornace brioni, we knew we had found our ideal partner for terracotta tiles. using clay from their land in northern italy, this generations-old terracotta-crafting family infuses their wares with the design enthusiasm of one of the hottest designers of her era, cristina celestino, to produce the new era of cotto. it’s impossible to not fall under the spell of this earthy material summoned to its highest form.

product specifications

technical specifications

non freeze thaw resistant icon

non freeze thaw resistant

uv resistant icon

uv resistant

stove backsplash icon

stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

fireplace surround icon

fireplace surround

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shower floor + wall

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steam shower floor + wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 3: medium

level 2: medium

level 1: will occur

level 1: will occur

level 1: will occur

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water absorption
avg. 26.4%; non-vitreous

DCOF testing has not been performed on Casale Rustico. The uneven surface of the tile can provide a natural slip resistance.

Pieces per sqft
5.72 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
4.18 lbs

Pieces per box
40 pcs/box

calculated using clé's recommended grout joint size of 1/8"

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal casale rustico tiles?

for casale rustico tiles, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

for all other sealing and protecting, clé recommends stonetech bulletproof sealer from laticrete.

 for more information about sealing please see our casale rustico installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your casale rustico tile?

at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.

- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed tile edge.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.

for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.

how do i take care of my casale rustico tiles?

over time the tile will develop a crackled patina. please note this is an intrinsic characteristic of casale rustico.

mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.

 see casale rustico installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

casale rustico comes with glazed glossy finish with subtle crazing and medium texture variation.

how much variation should i expect?

all casale rustico tiles are made by hand, therefore crazing and noticeable variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, texture and size are to be expected. color and shade variations between tile sizes and shapes can occur as well. you might also have some tiles with cracks, pits and chips.

due to the variations in color and shade of casale rustico tiles, it is important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing.

what's crazing, and should this be expected with casale rustico tiles?

casale rustico tiles are made by hand and can show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile.

variation and imperfection ratings:

casale rustico tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, and 'level 1 light' for both pits/chips and cracks/crazing.

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation & imperfections guide.

how will my casale rustico samples compare to my actual order?

 as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches (or kiln loads) of casale rustico tile, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

how is the casale rustico collection sold?

our casale rustico collection is made up of three shapes: the quadrato square (4"x4"x1/2"), normale rectangle (8"x4"x1/2"), and the misto rectangle (7"x 3 1/2"x1/2").

The three shapes can be purchased individually, or we also sell the shapes in two bundles: the normale bundle (comprised of two quadrato squares for every normale rectangle), and the misto bundle (comprised of one quadrato square for every misto rectangle).

is there a particular layout i should follow when installing casale rustico bundles?

if you like the look of our misto and normale bundle installs but find yourself needing a little guidance, read our installation blueprint for step by step instructions.

why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?

industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.

for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.


we recommend an average 1/2" grout joint size (incorporating a grout joint varying between 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4") with our misto bundle, and a 1/8"-1/4” grout joint for our Normale bundle, Quadrato square, Misto rectangle, and Normale rectangle to accommodate for tile size variations.

the above recommendations allow for the below piece per square foot calculations:
misto bundle: 3.33 quadrato and misto rectangle sets per square foot (average 1/2" grout joint size)
misto rectangle: 5.72 tiles per square foot (1/8-1/4"" grout joint size)
quadrato: 9.91 tiles per square foot (1/8"-1/4" grout joint size)
normale bundle: 2.34 quadrato and normale rectangle (3 pieces total - 2 quadrato, one normale rectangle) sets per square foot (1/8"-1/4" joint)
normale rectangle: 4.83 tiles per square foot (1/8"-1/4" grout joint size)

should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional tiles will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based upon the above values.

for more information about grouting please see our casale rustico material guidelines.

what grout type, and color do you recommend?

clé only recommends mapei ultracolor plus fa grout with our misto bundle, quadrato square, misto rectangle, and normale rectangle. for our normale bundle we recommend mapei flexcolor cq grout.

grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. however, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. and due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.

first, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). during that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.

for casale rustico tiles, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

for more information about grouting please see our casale rustico material guidelines.

collection dimensions

*quadrato - 4”x4”x1/2”
**misto rectangle - 3 ½”x7”x½”
normale rectangle - 4”x8”x1/2”
*quadrato actual measurements tend to be closer to 3 ¾”x3 ¾”x1/2”
**normale actual measurements tend to be closer to 3 ¾”x7 ¾"x1/2”

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch.


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industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs


total sqft

$ 37.01 /sqft


total boxes

$ 258.80 /box



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