product line - strata
clé is pleased to announce our collaboration with, Rula Yaghmour, a Jordanian architect celebrated for her artful transformations of stones left-over from building projects. Rula has named her unique use of these materials - Kutleh (meaning, mass)- which are layered stone blocks she sculpts into modern furniture and objects.
clé's new strata collection is our tile translation of Kutleh's stone layering. originally quarried from the eastern mediterranean, our medley of bundled stone tiles reverberate surfaces that are extraordinarily modern. yet, it is this new vision of blending and layering stones that allow them to reveal the profound beauty of their individual colors and remarkable fossils that have emerged after forming deep within the earth for millions of years. each strata bundle is a mix of all of these stones.
what grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?
clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq tile grout and a 1/16” grout joint with this collection.
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 Ultracolor Plus FA color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. Visit the Mapei website to view.
Do you offer trim for your strata linea tile?
as with all of our stone tiles, we do not offer trim for our strat linea collection. trim is not a facet of completing your stone tile surfaces, however should you desire, exposed edges can be finished by your contractor to match the surface of the tiles or to create most forms of edge finishes.
can i use the strata collection in the shower?
yes, specific waterproofing precautions need to be taken such as using a waterproof membrane under the tile and use of a penetrating sealer like miracle 511 porous plus. shower floors require a higher COF, in order to achieve this the tiles can be grooved or they can be cut into 4x4” (or smaller) squares to increase COF.
how much variation should I expect?
with the strata collection you will find a polished surface with extreme color variation in the form of variation derived from the natural color variations found in colored stone tiles. the tiles fall under the definition of V4 and T1 in our tile variation guide, which states:
V4 - heavy variation. typically, with these, there will be multiple shades or pigments present within each tile, and no two tiles will ever look the same.
T1 - light texture: production will result in slight physical variation in the surfaces of the tiles. overall there will be uniformity upon installation.
how do i clean the strata collection?
the natural stones that make up the strata collection (marble, limestone, travertine) are chemically sensitive so only mild pH neutral cleaners should be used. soapless cleaners are preferred because they minimize streaks and film. mild, phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dishwashing soaps or powders or stone soaps are acceptable if rinsing is thorough.
showers and baths: soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use and using liquid as opposed to bar soaps.
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.
twelve 3"x 12"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
twelve 3"x 18"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
nine 3"x 24"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
nine 4"x 12"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
ten 4"x 18"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
eight 4"x 24"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
seven 5"x 12"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
eight 5"x 18"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
six 5"x 24"x 3/4” planks; straight rectified
Disclaimer: Please note all dimensions are nominal and can vary plus or minus 1/8 inch.
interior floor, exterior floor, interior wall, exterior wall, shower floor, shower wall, steam shower, residential low traffic, residential high traffic, commercial low traffic, commercial high traffic, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround. Limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze/thaw.