product line - gp zellige
zellige are terracotta tiles from morocco. zellige (pronounced zill-eejh') acquires its coloring from the historic clay body that is a rich terra cotta, inherently forcing it's hue through all the glazes.
if you're tired of the same-ol same-ol, then this tile born from a 10th century tile-making craft has arrived just in time for you! clé zellige is handmade in morocco. formed from the moroccan earth, and baked in kilns fired by burning olive pits.
available sizes? 4"x4" and 2"x6" (nominal size)"
color variations? it isn't authentic zellige without wild variations of color and shade!
glaze variations? the zellige glazes have a lovely gloss surface that will have specks, pits, chips and flaws, as well as, undulations of surface. this varying and glossy finish can best be described as a "sequin-like" surface.
how much variation should i expect?
zellige are created from natural glazes, pigments and terra cotta clay. every one of these natural materials is completely unfiltered allowing for maximum variation and irregularities. plus, they are fired in hand made kilns that are fueled using olive pits. all of this hand craft is what makes zellige so magically varied- tile to tile. please enjoy the extreme variation of color, shade and surface texture. what does this mean to you? your zellige order will contain the following:
- size variation
- thickness variation
- cracked tiles
- chipped edges (from hand chiseling each tile)
- pitted glaze surfaces (from the unfiltered terra cotta reacting with the kiln heat)
- crazing (from the glaze and the clay body cooling at different temperatures)
please note that, once installed properly and grouted, the above issues will bring you the textured zellige look that is so treasured by the design world.
HOWEVER, do the above irregularities differ from your expectations for a "proper" zellige installation? if so, then clé highly recommends you select another tile that will yield more surface regularity.
what is the standard grout joint size for zellige?
because all zellige is hand cut after firing into the individual tiles, they are crafted to allow for a very tight grout joint. in order to increase DCOF in wet area applications of 4”x4” zellige (especially shower floors), we recommend broadening the grout joint size on the setting of the pan tiles, vertical staggering of the tile layout or cutting the tiles into 2”x2” squares. for hexes we recommend at least a 1/8” grout joint for shower floors.
how does the tile ship?
clé tiles ship on pallets via ground.
restrictions and exclusions
High-zone delivery areas - fees vary depending on zone
Shipping to an island or peninsula
Inside delivery, whiteglove service - add $175 per pallet.
ONLY COMMERCIAL ADDRESSES WITH ELEVATOR ACCESS.
why do you suggest i order 10% to 15% more than my measurements?
there is always the potential of breakage during moving and shipping tiles (2% to 3%). also, you should always have additional tiles for making tile cuts during your installation, and to store for possible future repair needs.
when can i expect my order?
in-stock orders will ship within 5 business days. out of stock orders may take up to 12 weeks to ship.
can i cancel my order?
you have 3 hours to cancel your order. artists' tiles are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.
are there trade discounts?
yes, please refer to our "TRADE PROGRAM" page.
not recommended for floor usage. due to its precious glaze, Gold & Platinum Zellige tiles are strictly decorative wall tiles and are not recommended for the floor, outdoors, or wet areas, however they have been used for decorative applications on a portion of a floor that doesn’t receive high traffic. Please note that over time, the gold & platinum glaze will wear down with any type of friction.