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moodboard of clé tile stone malachite lithographed tiles with jewelery on top

sumptuous, glamorous, hypnotic

magnetic and mesmerizing, malachite–designed by artist and clé founder deborah osburn–is inspired by the stone that lends it its name: a rare stone with unique swirling veins of lighter or darker emerald tones. 


deborah created nine different malachite patterns (sold as a bundle) which can be mixed in a variety of different ways to create unique patterns, looks, and moods. the results? infinite variation––both metaphorically and mathematically.

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studio bathroom with clé tile stone malachite lithographed tiles on the backsplash

why we love malachite

the inspiration behind this tile–malachite–has been used since ancient egyptian times as a decorative element. it’s also been employed as a talisman to ward off evil spirits, sickness, and suffering. 

while the stone itself is small in scale, we instead saw the possibilities of taking a bolder interpretation of nature’s intricate design to bring to life its seductive, dream-like essence, and to give it more of a modern, unexpected edge.

malachite incorporates lithography, a clé-proprietary fine arts process that reproduces high-resolution art images onto fine stones like limestone. it’s a process that took us several years to develop and allows us to do things like bring artists’ works to life on tile, reimagine delftware in our 17th century tile collection, designed by deborah osburn for clé, or––in this case––amplify the beauty of precious stones such as malachite. 


clé artist collaborations

collaborating with artists has long been a foundation of our tile journey at clé. while we consider all of our tile collections to be works of art, it is clé’s artist design collaborations take the craft of tile-making to an entirely new level, juxtaposing age-old traditions and crafts with modern art and design. we have cultivated partnerships with impassioned, like-minded artists with the singular vision of creating and sharing remarkable, accessible art for your living spaces.

clé tile stone malachite lithographed tiles on the wall

perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw rated

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower wall

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 1: smooth

level 1: slight

water absorption
avg. 4.78%; semi-vitreous

dcof testing is not performed as this is strictly a wall tile

this product comes 9 pieces per bundle, including one of each of our nine malachite figure tiles, each measuring 12"x12"x3/8"


what grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?

clé only recommends mapei flexcolor cq grout to reduce the risk of grout haze and staining for lithography tiles, and a tight grout joint of 1/16” to ensure that the artwork has a continuous design flow.
we recommend 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 lithography installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

square - 12"x12"x3/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

what do i need to know about these tiles when installing?

IMPORTANT: using tape of any kind, including blue tape, when installing or otherwise, will risk peeling off the surface and the print.

what type of sealant should i use with my lithography tiles?

clé ONLY recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing lithography tiles.
IMPORTANT: use of any other sealant may damage the decoration.

for more information about sealing please see our artist lithography installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your lithography 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.
- 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 lithography tiles?

as with any finely decorated stone product, clé warns against the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads, especially during the installation process. cleaning lithography only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases.

lithography is chemically sensitive. do not use any cleaners that are not pH neutral. this includes vinegar, and simple green brand products. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.

IMPORTANT: using tape of any kind, including blue tape, when installing or otherwise, will risk peeling off the surface and the print.

single coat reapplication of clé top coat kit is required once a year on grout lines and the tile surface in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

see our artist lithography installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our limestone tiles have a smooth, honed stone surface which is then printed with our lithography designs. honing is a process in which the surface is ground down to the level that gives the tile a smooth matte finish.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?

due to the handmade craftsmanship of our tiles, including lithography, and the variety of materials used, there are degrees of variation in our tiles color, shade, texture and size. these differences are more pronounced in certain types of tiles than others, especially in tiles from separate production lots, or “batches”.

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.

variation and imperfection ratings:

patterned lithography tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation.

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

how do i sample malachite tiles?

we sample a single malachite figure from our bundle. please note the sample pattern is preselected and can not be specified.

how will my sample compare to my actual order?

color and size variation between batches of limestone tiles, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given that limestone is a natural stone and production batches are pulled from a quarry, at different times and from different areas. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

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.

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minimum order of 18sqft

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