refined rusticity

kitchen with clé tile belgian reproduction star and cross flemish black on the floor and rice paper eastern earthenware on the backsplash

design / photo: taylor + taylor

exquisite, wood-fired tiles

clé has lovingly restored a modest form of terracotta production, only this time, substituting the standard terracotta with the most exquisite flemish black. these wood-fired tiles are a concert of variations, both surface and shade. we prize our belgian reproduction tiles for their variation and surface imperfections, which are a result of the hand mixed nature of their clay body, further enhanced during the firing process. noticeable variations in thickness, size, shade and color are all part of the handcrafted look and feel.

clé tile belgian reproduction star and cross flemish black moodboard
kitchen with round dining table and clé tile belgian reproduction star and cross bundle flemish black on the floor

why we love belgian reproduction

we’ve long admired the grand courtyards of northern europe, the patinas and refined rusticity of belgian design. we have been on a quest to find a tile that would echo these elements and would look equally good both indoors and out. we discovered this exquisite clay, and took a restored form of terracotta to create these belgian reproduction tiles perfect for grounding projects with an austerity as striking as an antique belgian surface.

design: lisa schmitz interior design / photo: jessica cain

a devotion to terracotta

a humble clay, traditional terracotta requires few alterations and in its best form goes almost straight from the earth into the kiln. the new wave of terracotta honors the traditional forms of terracotta production by using it as a canvas for more artistic tile endeavors. our belgian reproduction collection does just that, by reinvigorating the traditional terracotta techniques for today’s designs.

kitchen with clé tile belgian reproduction star and cross bundle flemish black on the floor

design: design manifest / photo: courtney apple

perfect grout to match

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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exterior floor

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interior floor

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heavy commercial

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heavy residential

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower

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steam shower

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
unfinished

level 5: extreme

level 3: medium

level 4: extreme

level 2: medium

level 2: medium

water absorption
avg. 14.0%; non-vitreous

dcof
avg. 0.81

this product comes 24 pieces per bundle, including one 12 piece box of star, and one 12 piece box of cross


grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a grout joint size of at least ½” must be used to compensate for size variation. should you find extreme variations in length between the pieces of your order, particularly with bundles, we recommend increasing or decreasing the grout joint size as needed within your installation to compensate and create a cohesive look.

if you are trying to achieve a "dark look" with your flemish black tiles, we recommend using custom building products polyblend #60 charcoal sanded grout to intentionally stain the tile and help gain a dark consistency.

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 belgian reproduction installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

rectangle - 2"x8"x3/4"
hex - 8"x9"x3/4"
star - 7 3/4"x8"x3/4"
square - 8"x8"x3/4"
circle - 8"x8"x3/4"
cross - 6"x9"x3/4"
losange - 4 3/4"x6"x3/4"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/2 inch.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal belgian reproduction tiles?

belgian reproduction tiles are highly porous and must be sealed to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant. exterior floors must be installed above grade with waterproof, penetrating sealant.

the tiles should be sealed for all wet applications to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. both the tile surface and grouted areas should be sealed as the final step of installation.

please note that our 'light' and 'dark' look installation methods listed as options for "flemish black" tiles have different sealing requirements.

for more information about sealing please see our belgian reproduction installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your belgian reproduction 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.

- a visible tile edge can be honed/polished/sanded to make the side match the main surface of the tile.

- 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 belgian reproduction tiles?

over time, a natural patina will occur on floors as they are maintained and naturally wear. mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. clean using soft materials, like a cloth, instead of coarse materials. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled cleaning brush. immediately clean up spills—do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface. most stains can be removed with a pH neutral dish soap, hot water and the scrub side of a sponge.

topical sealants like mira matte will require periodic stripping and re-application of sealant—please refer to a professional for this. single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

see our belgian reproduction installation & maintenance guides for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

belgian reproduction tiles are highly porous unglazed tiles with medium texture variation.

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

we prize our belgian reproduction tiles for their variation and surface imperfections, which are a result of the hand mixed nature of their clay body, further enhanced during the firing process. noticeable variations in thickness, size, shade and color (including red clay inclusions in flemish black tiles) are to be expected.

due to the color and shade variations, 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:

belgian reproduction tiles are rated 'level 5 extreme' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation, 'level 4 extreme' for size variation, and 'level 2 medium' for chips and cracks.

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

how will my belgian reproduction tile samples compare to my actual order?

as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches of belgian reproduction tiles, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. 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. note that due to the raw materials and firing methods used to create belgian reproduction tiles, your order will have a percentage of tiles greater than 15% with cracks and chipping to their clay body.

clé WARNING: having an installation with tiles that experience any of the above imperfections is our intended look for a belgian reproduction installation. any editing of these naturally occurring imperfections from your tile shipment will greatly reduce the authentic appeal of your installation. if these imperfections do not fit your project’s needs we recommend ordering 20-30% overage. this allows your contractor to cherry-pick these imperfections from your order.

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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IMPORTANT: we prize our belgian reproduction tiles for their variation and surface imperfections, which are a result of the hand mixed nature of their clay body, further enhanced during the firing process. noticeable variations in thickness, size, shade and color (including red clay inclusions) are to be expected.

all tile should be blended before installation, and a grout joint size of at least ½” must be used to compensate for size variation. should you find extreme variations in length between the pieces of your order, particularly with bundles, we recommend increasing or decreasing the grout joint size as needed within your installation to compensate and create a cohesive look.

NOTE: should you want to attempt a grout joint smaller than our recommended 1/2" with your project, keep in mind that additional tiles will need to be ordered (outside of our normal 15% overage recommendation) as our checkout calculations for this collection incorporate a grout joint size of 1/2".

minimum order of 13sqft

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