belgian reproduction | flemish black | terracotta rectangle

2" x 8" x 3 / 4 "

flemish black

5 5 5

$24.50/sqft

$3.16/Piece

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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

outdoor entryway patio with clé tile belgian reproduction rectangle 2x8 flemish black on the floor

design: emily henderson / photo: sara tramp

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.

hallway with clé tile belgian reproduction rectangle and square bundle flemish black on the floor

design: emily henderson / photo: sara tramp

outdoor entryway with clé tile belgian reproduction rectangle 2x8 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: mike sinclair

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. 

outdoor fireplace with clé tile belgian reproduction rectangle 2x8 flemish black on the hearth

design: emily henderson / photo: sara tramp

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 floor + wall

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steam shower floor + wall

* see material guidelines 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

dimensions
2" x 8" x 3 / 4 "
water absorption
avg. 14.0%; non-vitreous

dcof
avg. 0.81

Pieces per sqft calculated using clé's recommended grout joint size of 1/2"
7.76 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft calculated using clé's recommended grout joint size of 1/2"
6.21 lbs

Pieces per box
40 pcs/box


read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal belgian reproduction tiles?

belgian reproduction tiles are highly porous and should be sealed as the final step of installation for all applications (dry and wet) to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. both the tile surface and grouted areas should be sealed.

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

for the dark look, it is important to remember not to seal or use a grout release prior to grouting. follow by intentionally staining the surface of the tile by floating a dark grout (we recommend custom building products polyblend #60 charcoal sanded grout) all over and using a color enhancing sealer such as stonetech enhancer pro sealer to lock in the darker color.

for the light look, you must apply sealant or a grout release prior to grouting, then seal as the final step of installation.

If you are installing belgian reproduction on a busy kitchen backsplash where heavy staining is a concern, we recommend applying the clé top coat kit to the tile surface and grouted areas instead of using laticrete sealing products. the clé top coat kit can provide even more protection against stains on backsplashes. apply the top coat kit as the final step of installation. please note that this product is only a top coat and should only be applied as the final step of installation. please do not use this as a pre-grout treatment and be careful during the grouting process, using a grout bag and cleaning up as you go.

for exterior sealing, clé recommends stonetech heavy duty exterior sealer from laticrete.

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

for more information about sealing please see our belgian reproduction material guidelines.

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.

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

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. for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products.

see our belgian reproduction material guidelines 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. there will be variations in thickness, size, texture, shade and color (including red clay inclusions in flemish black) across production lots or batches.

due to the natural materials and production process of belgian reproduction 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.

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 prevalent' 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 means that your sample may not be a perfect match with your actual order, and that your add-on order may not be a perfect match to either.

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.

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.

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.

grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout for belgian reproduction light look installations.

for the dark look (an option for flemish black installs), clé recommends custom building products polyblend #60 charcoal sanded grout.

clé recommends a grout joint size of at least ½". 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.

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 more information about grouting please see our belgian reproduction material guidelines.

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.

material guidelines

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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 20sqft

in transit - ships from warehouse within 6 - 8 weeks