fornace brioni + clé | casale rustico | white gloss | misto rectangle

3 1 / 2 " x 7" x 1 / 2 "


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traditional terracotta designed for the everyday

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tuscan farmhouse, modern edition

casale rustico features a hand-hewn italian terracotta clay body awash with a glossy white glaze with a slight surface ripple and all the imperfections of a sun-drenched tuscan farmhouse. perfect for projects seeking the warmth and rusticity of an artisan terracotta tile but with a minimalist air.

the misto rectangle is slightly smaller in size than the normale rectangle.

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why we love this collection

clé has partnered with third generation italian terracotta tile makers fornace brioni to create an exclusive collection of a traditional terracotta tile and a glazed terracotta offering. both of these collections – the traditional cotto grigio and rosato, and casale rustico – embrace the hand made nature of this material that follows age-old tradition handed down through the generations. created with an elemental mix of purely clay and water, its finish and color are as natural as it gets. these everyday rustic terracottas suit all design styles and aesthetics, from the modern to the traditional.

our italian love affair with fornace brioni

if you, like all of us at clé, love tile, then it’s impossible to not have a passion for the material of the first tile makers: terracotta. the color of baked earth (the literal translation), terracotta is considered an evergreen material in the design world; always granting a project integrity and authenticity. when we were introduced to fornace brioni, we knew we had found our ideal partner for terracotta tiles. using clay from their land in northern italy, this generations-old terracotta-crafting family infuses their wares with the design enthusiasm of one of the hottest designers of her era, cristina celestino, to produce the new era of cotto. it’s impossible to not fall under the spell of this earthy material summoned to its highest form.

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perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw rated

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uv resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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fireplace surround

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steam shower

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 3: medium

level 2: medium

level 1: light

level 1: light

3 1 / 2 " x 7" x 1 / 2 "
water absorption
avg. 26.4%; non-vitreous

DCOF testing has not been performed on Casale Rustico. The uneven surface of the tile can provide a natural slip resistance.

Pieces per sqft
5.72 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
40 pcs/box


what grout joint size should i use?

we recommend an average 1/2" grout joint size (incorporating a grout joint varying between 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4") with our misto bundle, a 1/16" grout joint size with our normale bundle, and a 1/8" grout joint size with the individual quadrato, normale rectangle, and misto rectangle pieces.

the above recommendations allow for the below piece per square foot calculations:

misto bundle: 3.33 quadrato and misto rectangle sets per square foot (average 1/2" grout joint size)
misto rectangle: 5.72 tiles per square foot (1/8" grout joint size)
quadrato: 9.91 tiles per square foot (1/8" grout joint size)
normale bundle: 2.34 quadrato and normale rectangle (3 pieces total - 2 quadrato, one normale rectangle) sets per square foot (1/16" grout joint size)
normale rectangle: 4.83 tiles per square foot (1/8" grout joint size)

should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional tiles will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based upon the above values.

for more information about grouting please see our casale rustico installation & maintenance guide.

what grout type, and color do you recommend?

clé only recommends mapei ultracolor plus fa grout with our misto bundle, quadrato square, misto rectangle, and normale rectangle. for our normale bundle we recommend mapei flexcolor cq grout.

important: if casale rustico tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you must also apply a penetrating sealant or grout release prior to grouting in order to minimize the possibility of the contrasting grout curing in the inherent hairline cracks.

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.

collection dimensions

*quadrato - 4”x4”x1/2”
**misto rectangle - 3 ½”x7”x½”
normale rectangle - 4”x8”x1/2”
*quadrato actual measurements tend to be closer to 3 ¾”x3 ¾”x1/2”
**normale actual measurements tend to be closer to 3 ¾”x7 ¾"x1/2”

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



installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal casale rustico tiles?

IMPORTANT: if casale rustico tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you should also seal before grouting because many tiles may have crazing without it being visible to the eye and would only come out with the grouting of the tiles as the invisible crazing absorbs the dye from the contrasting grout.
dry applications of casale rustico are an exception as they do not require sealing as the final step of installation.

all wet area installations of casale rustico (backsplashes, showers), grouted areas and possible grouted pits, chips and areas of visible crazing must be sealed as the final step of installation.

for more information about sealing please see our casale rustico installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your casale rustico 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 tile 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.

how do i take care of my casale rustico tiles?

over time the tile will develop a crackled patina. please note this is an intrinsic characteristic of casale rustico. 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.

single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year on all grout lines in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

see casale rustico installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

casale rustico comes with glazed glossy finish with subtle crazing and medium texture variation.

how much variation should i expect?

casale rustico tiles are made by hand and will show textural and color variation in their glaze, and they will exhibit some percentage of variation from lot to lot. you can also expect to find light pits, chips, cracks and crazing in the tiles of your order. 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. note that there can be color and shade variation between tile sizes and shapes. 

what's crazing, and should this be expected with casale rustico tiles?

casale rustico tiles are made by hand and can 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.

variation and imperfection ratings:

casale rustico tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, and 'level 1 light' for both pits/chips and cracks/crazing.

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

how will my casale rustico 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 (or kiln loads) of casale rustico tile, 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.

how is the casale rustico collection sold?

our casale rustico collection is made up of three shapes: the quadrato square (4"x4"x1/2"), normale rectangle (8"x4"x1/2"), and the misto rectangle (7"x 3 1/2"x1/2").

the three shapes can be purchased individually, or we also sell the shapes in two bundles: the normale bundle (comprised of two quadrato squares for every normale rectangle), and the misto bundle (comprised of one quadrato square for every misto rectangle).

is there a particular layout i should follow when installing casale rustico bundles?

if you like the look of our misto and normale bundle installs but find yourself needing a little guidance, read our installation blueprint for step by step instructions.

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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