product line - gold + platinum zellige
the latest addition to our zellige collection is the ultimate neutral: gold and platinum. we took rustic handcrafted clay tile and hand painted it with a layer of 24 karat gold and platinum respectively to create a rich, molten, metallic finish. to be used discerningly - a little glimmer goes a long way.
what grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?
zellige is traditionally set without the use of any grout. in morocco the installations are done with a butt joint and no grout whatsoever–and they have withstood the test of time. however, at clé we recommend a slightly larger grout joint of 1/16, with mapei flexcolor cq grout for all applications other than pool and waterline installations that require mapei ultracolor plus fa grout.
IMPORTANT: because of the precious glazed surface, gold & platinum zellige tiles require finger grouting. we recommend working in small areas and carefully finger grouting to keep grout in the joints and off the surface of the decorative tiles.
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.
note that the full mapei flexcolor cq color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view.
for more information about grouting please see our gold & platinum installation & maintenance guide.
do i need to seal gold & platinum zellige tiles?
for glazed zellige, we recommend applying sealant or using a grout release prior to grouting if the tile has visible crazing.
IMPORTANT: if gold / platinum are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you should also seal before grouting because many tiles may have crazing without it being visible to the eye and would only come out with the grouting of the tiles as the invisible crazing absorbs the dye from the contrasting grout. dry applications of glazed zellige are an exception as they do not require sealing as the final step of installation.
in backsplash applications, areas of visible crazing must be sealed as the final step of installation
for more information about sealing please see our gold & platinum zellige installation and maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your gold & platinum 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.
how do i take care of my gold & platinum zellige tiles?
only a very soft cloth and water should be used to softly clean this surface. soaps and anything abrasive can remove the finish. do not use paper towels.
immediately clean up spills—do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface. excess liquid can stain and damage the tile.
always avoid soap, harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline products.
due to their precious glaze, we generally only recommend gold & platinum zellige tiles for decorative wall usages. however, they have been used for a decorative application on a portion of a clé office floor that doesn’t receive very much foot traffic.
IMPORTANT: please be aware that over time the surface will eventually wear down with any type of friction (even from light foot traffic, furniture, etc). if you choose to install these tiles on a floor, a means for people to clean abrasive materials off their shoes before walking on a gold & platinum zellige floor should be provided.
if the application is on a residential floor we recommend people remove their shoes completely to avoid further friction. non-slip mats or area rugs should be placed inside and outside entrance ways to remove abrasive materials that can scratch and dirty the tile surface.
see our gold & platinum zellige installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
our gold & platinum zellige tiles are plated with metal and have a glossy finish and a slight texture variation.
what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?
all gold & platinum zellige tiles are made by hand, therefore variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, and size are to be expected, as is crazing and small pits and chips.
it is very 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. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.
gold & platinum zellige tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 2 slight' for texture variation, and 'level 3 heavy' for size variation, as outlined in our tile variation guide.
what's crazing, and should this be expected with gold & platinum tiles?
gold & platinum tiles are made by hand and may show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glazed surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile.
what should i expect with my order of gold & platinum zellige?
each gold & platinum zellige tile is wrapped in thin brown paper to protect the precious surface from scratches.
dust and residue from shipping should be cleaned prior to installation. this is typically done as tile is being set with a quick dip of each tile into a water bath.
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.
square - 4”x4"x3/8"
bejmat* - 2”x6”x3/4”
*bejmat actual measurements tend to be closer to 1 3⁄4" x 5 1⁄2".
disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1⁄4 inch.
interior wall, interior floor (light residential foot traffic), fireplace surround, sink backsplash, stove backsplash, pool and fountain waterlines (non freeze thaw locations only)