fornace brioni + cristina celestino | trama | grey cotto Ø1

1 1 / 4 " x 2" x 3 / 5 "

grey cotto Ø1

5 5 5



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delicate, handmade mosaic gems

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these diamonds are a wall's best friend

these cotto diamonds may be small, but their impact can be huge based on their endless installation variations. these smooth terracotta mosaics are delicate without being too precious. each is handmade with imperfections that give depth and character to any wall, in a natural terracotta straight from the earth.

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why we love this collection

we have always loved terracotta for its history and durability, and the way it evolves but always stays true to itself. cristina celestino says it best: “i started off by looking back at the history of this material, with the idea of moving it away from his historic rustic application and towards its more contemporary context. i realized that this material had a great deal of unexplored potential, so while traditional production techniques were still necessary, it was possible to experiment more on the design side.” so much history, yet so much ahead, and that sums it up for us.

our italian love affair with fornace brioni

terracotta is an evergreen material in the design world, able to imbue a space with integrity and authenticity. when we were introduced to fornace brioni, we knew we had found our ideal partner for terracotta tiles: this third generation family-owned firm uses clay from their land in northern italy, forming and firing it in ways rooted in centuries’ old tradition. fornace brioni is creating new possibilities for terracota (or what they call a new era of cotto), working with one of the hottest designers of our era, cristina celestino. 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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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 3: medium

level 2: medium

1 1 / 4 " x 2" x 3 / 5 "
water absorption
avg. 26.4%; non-vitreous

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

Pieces per sqft
115.20 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
600 pcs/box


what grout joint size should i use?

grouting is not typically done for dry applications of acanti, mantegna, trama and giulio romano but if you prefer to grout, or are using the tiles in a wet application where grouting is required, we recommend a 1/8" grout joint for trama and mantegna, and 3/8” grout joint for acanti and giulio romano.

what grout type and colors do you recommend?

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout for use with our fornace brioni terracotta.

grouting is generally not done for dry applications of acanti, mantegna, trama and giulio romano, but if you prefer to grout, you will need to use a grout bag to fill the joints due to the shape and depth of the tile. if you are using the tiles in a wet application, grouting is required.

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 fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

trama diamond - 1 1/4"x2"x3/5"
acanti - 7 3/4"x7 3/4"x3/4"
mantegna - 6"x6 3/4"x1"
giulio romano endcap - 8"x10"x1"
giulio romano column - 8"x19 1/2"x1"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch for acanti, giulio romano, and +/- 1/8 inch for mantegna and trama.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal fornace brioni terracotta tiles?

fornace brioni terracotta tiles are extremely porous and should be sealed after grouting with mapei flexcolor cq to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant.

for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your fornace brioni terracotta tile?

we offer an end cap sold by the linear foot to go along with our giulio romano column, should this be desired for your project. In general, 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 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 fornace brioni terracotta tiles?

over time, a natural patina will occur on walls 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. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use.

see our fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our fornace brioni terracotta wall tiles are porous and unglazed. the surface has a medium texture, the finish of the tile is matte.

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

all fornace brioni tiles are made by hand, therefore variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, size, texture and finish are to be expected. due to the noticeable 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:

fornace brioni terracotta wall tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 3 medium' for texture variation. for size variation, tramas and mantegnas are rated 'level 2 medium', and acanti and giulio romano'level 3 heavy'.

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

how will my fornace brioni terracotta 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 fornace brioni terracotta 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.

what should i expect with my order of fornace brioni terracotta tile?

calcium flashing can occur on terracotta tiles but generally comes off by itself during the installation process. if needed, calcium deposits can be removed via a quick wet sanding before sealing the tiles.

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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