architect's palette | blotter | terracotta plank

2" x 12" x 5 / 8 "

blotter

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a clé heritage tile

clé heritage are artisan tiles that carry the mark of a skilled artisan with each tile embodying variation in tone and surface. these tiles are to be treasured for their hand hewn quality and require a skilled installer.

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refined rusticity

fireplace with clé tile architect's palette blotter terracotta subway

design / photo: jennifer tidwell, the workroom

silky, elevated planks in versatile neutrals

architect’s palette is an edited collection of elongated planks of terracotta with slightly softened edges and a look that is rustic but with a polished appeal. coated in a silky matte finish, these hand-hewn tiles are made of traditional, rustic italian clay and are available in four architect-honed hues.

blotter is a versatile, creamy white. this shade is one favored by architects and designers for applications in a variety of settings and exposures.

clé tile studio wall with clé tile architect's palette blotter terracotta subway
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why we love architect's palette

this traditional “listello” shape was typically used in italy as a border, but this elongated form is now gaining popularity as a field tile. its linear shape is easily converted to an elevated herringbone, stack, and subway pattern and can be used on walls, wet spaces, and floors with low traffic.

a passion for terracotta

a humble clay, traditional terracotta requires few alterations and in its best form goes almost straight from the earth into the kiln. this new wave of terracotta honors the traditional forms of terracotta production by using it as a canvas for more artistic tile endeavors. architect’s palette is the embodiment of this new approach. adapting the traditional “listello” shape typically used in centuries of italian tilemaking as a decorative border, this elongated form is now being used as a field tile to great effect, translating terracotta to a world that, until now, has been heavily dominated by subway tile.

clé tile studio wall with clé tile architect's palette blotter terracotta subway

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw rated

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radiant heating compatible

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uv resistant

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heat resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior floor

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light residential

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower floor + wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
glazed

finish type
matte

level 1: low

level 2: slight

level 2: medium

level 3: heavy

dimensions
2" x 12" x 5 / 8 "
water absorption
avg. 17.0%; non-vitreous

dcof
DCOF has not been performed at this time

Pieces per sqft
5.40 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
6.26 lbs

Pieces per box
33 pcs/box

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do i need to seal architect’s palette tiles?

for architect’s palette, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

architect’s palette tiles should be sealed for all applications (dry and wet) to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. both the tile surface and grouted areas should be sealed as the final step of installation.

for all sealing and protecting, clé recommends stonetech bulletproof sealer from laticrete.

for more information about sealing please see our architect's palette material guidelines.

do you offer trim for your architect's palette 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 brick 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.

for more detailed recommendations about about trim, please see our trim guide.

how do i take care of my architect's palette tiles?

over time the tile will develop a crackled patina. please note this is an intrinsic characteristic of architect’s palette.

mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.

see our architect's palette material guidelines for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

architect's palette comes with glazed matte finish with visible crazing and light texture variation.

how much variation should i expect?

architect’s palette tiles will show some slight textural variation as well as low color variation in their glaze from tile to tile. medium variation in size from tile to tile is also to be expected.

due to the natural materials and production process of architect palette tiles, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade and size in your order, therefore it is 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.

what's crazing, and should this be expected with architect's palette tiles?

architect’s palette tiles are made by hand and will show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile. cutting architect’s palette tiles with a wet saw can enhance the crazed finish of the glaze. this happens because the slurry, created from the tile dust mixed with water, settles into the cracks on the surface of the glaze. to avoid enhancing the crazed finish, we recommend dry cutting the tile.

variation and imperfection ratings:

architect's palette tiles are rated 'level 1 low' for color variation, 'level 2 slight' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, and 'level 3 heavy' for crazing.

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

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 shipping 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.

grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a 1/4" 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.

for architect’s palette, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

important: it is not recommended to use dark grouts for lighter glazes of architect’s palette, even with the use of sealant or grout release. the thin crackle/hairline crazing on the tile surface may get stained if using a dark grout. A like-colored grout is recommended to minimize the possibility of curing/staining in the inherent hairline cracks.

for more information about grouting please see our architect's palette material guidelines.

collection dimensions

rectangle - 2"x12"x5/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch.

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IMPORTANT: Do not use dark grouts for lighter glazes of Architect’s Palette, even with the use of sealant or grout release. The thin crackle/hairline crazing on the tile surface may get stained if using a dark grout. A like-colored grout is recommended to minimize the possibility of curing/staining in the inherent hairline cracks.

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