ever since the turn of the century, subway tiles have been de rigueur for tiled walls. their popularity continues to endure and they have become the ultimate tile staple, or as we at clé consider them, the jeans and t-shirts of the tile world.
basic with the ability to be both utilitarian and sexy at the same time, this thin, glossy ceramic tile that was traditionally offered in 3" x 6" and 4" x 8" sizes, has evolved and is no longer confined to kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls. at clé, in addition to the classic ceramic version, we now offer more modern sizes like 4" x 12" and 2" x 6" and in more elevated materials - think stone, marble, cement, and glazed brick, all formed to the classic subway rectangular shape.
we strongly believe that good design is evergreen, in that a well-crafted and artfully designed tile will stand the test of time. our desire is to offer enduring quality over trends - to offer substance over style and to focus on the transformative, not the mundane. we strive to show how a european love of tile can be equally embraced stateside and how we can elevate our everyday appreciation of surfaces with a material that can both embellish and protect our homes and architecture.
the following are just a few highlights of our clé subway offerings to expand your choice of subway options:stone subway tiles
we offer tiles in traditional stone finishes that become even more classic in a subway shape. our wildly popular stone versions are the carrara subway tile as well as the slate subway. timeless, carrara and slate, marble and stone, will never go out of style. when you combine these finishes with an already popular shape the stone subway tile easily surpasses the popularity of their ceramic subway siblings. along with a variety of subway sizes, we have included a beveled finish in our clé carrara subway offering. this dressier version of the standard subway tile for sale has also caught the eye of the design community in search of a touch of elegance. for the ultimate stone subway installation, we encourage you to mix and match both the carrara and slate subway tiles for a project of enduring heritage. nothing says modern tradition more than walls and floors clad in carrara and slate subway tiles.terracotta subway tiles
clé recently launched two collections that showcase a more modern subway shape our architect's palette elevates rustic hand-hewn italian terracotta with an elongated subway measuring 2"x12". this size alone is exciting but when repeated as a subway, stacked or herringbone pattern, this humble collection becomes revelatory.
clé's belgian reproduction collection features a terracotta in a 2"x8" subway tile size that allows designers to create patterns rich with a sophistication that can only be wrought by these smaller, more prismatic slices of terracotta. ideal for both indoors and out, our belgian reproduction subway planks are unrivaled for their entrancing texture and warmth.unglazed brick and glazed brick tiles
brick tiles have such prominent visual recognition that their shape as a subway tile is often overlooked. however, if your project needs a subway tile surface that harkens back to a period in time when both subway tiles and glazed thin brick were the standard for glazed finishes, look no further. unglazed brick and glazed thin brick are the standard for turn-of-the-century and mid-century subway tile style. clé's white, glazed thin bricks in both our workshop and modern farmhouse brick collections have become the new subway tile, however, this variegated glazed tile is also available in several other colors that take the classic subway to new heights.cement subway tiles
if your design vibe leans more towards modern than traditional, the advent of our cement subway tile will challenge the design sensibilities of your most worldly projects. subtle, yet full of luster in shade variations that can only be produced with raw cement, clé cement becomes cutting edge when formed into rectangular subway tiles, 2" x8" and 4"x8" in size.