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17th century: maiolica de delft | field tile | square | bianca

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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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$ 10.00/piece

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industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs


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$ 90 /sqft



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only 428 sqft available

product specifications

technical specifications

stove backsplash icon

stove backsplash

sink backsplash icon

sink backsplash

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interior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower wall

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steam shower wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 2: slight

level 2: medium

level 2: prevalent

level 1: will occur

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water absorption
avg. 17.5%; non-vitreous

not suitable on floors

Pieces per sqft
9 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
4.05 lbs

pieces per square foot calculated without an incorporated grout joint

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal 17th century tiles?

for 17th century tiles, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

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

for more information about sealing please see the 17th century:maiolica de delft material guidelines.

do you offer trim for 17th century tiles?

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.

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

how do i take care of my 17th century tiles?

over time the tile may develop a crackled patina. please note this is an intrinsic characteristic of our 17th century tiles.

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

please see the 17th century: maiolica de delft material guidelines for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

17th century tiles have a glazed glossy finish with subtle crazing and slight texture variation.

how much variation should i expect?

all 17th century tiles are made by hand, therefore crazing and noticeable variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, texture and size are to be expected. color and shade variations between tile sizes and shapes can occur as well. you might also receive some tiles with cracks, pits and chips.

due to the slight variations in color and shade of 17th century tiles, 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 17th century tiles?

17th century 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.

will the hand-painted pattern be affected by sealing or grouting my tiles?

no, hand-painting the pattern is the step prior to firing the tiles, so the pattern will not be affected when you grout and/or seal your tiles.

variation and imperfection ratings:

17th century tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 2 slight' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, 'level 1 light' for pits/chips and 'level 2 medium' for cracks/crazing.

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

how will my 17th century 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 17th century 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 17th century collection sold?

our 17th century: maiolica de delft collection is made up of four shapes: square (4"x4"x3/8"), rectangle (2"x6"x3/8"), border angle (2"x 2"x3/8"), and traccia pencil tile (1/2"x6"x3/8").

there's such a broad range of options in laying out the tile: do you have any guidance?if you find yourself needing a little guidance, please review our design ideas guide which lays out some of our favorite delft combinations.

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.


we recommend a 1/8"-1/4" grout joint for the 17th century collection. 

what grout type, and color do you recommend?

clé recommends using mortar and sanded cementitious grout that comply with the ANSI A118 and/or ISO 13007 classifications suitable for your project.  Please consult with your installation professional to make these determinations.

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 grout color selection for any of your clé tiles. 

first, have your contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.

next, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturer 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 17th century tiles, you must apply sealant or a grout release before grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy clean up.

for more information about grouting please see our 17th century material guidelines.

collection dimensions

field tile and square deco 4"x4"x3/8"
field tile and border deco 2"x6"x3/8"
border angle 2"x2"x3/8"
traccia pencil tile 1/2"x6"x3/8"

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

hand painted heritage treasures

a kitchen with wooden drawers and a blue and white tiled stove backsplash.

a hint of delft–but without the pattern

clé’s 17th century: maiolica de delft is our love letter to the classic blue and white motif that swept the globe centuries ago–and hasn’t fallen out of style since then. our collection of hand painted glazed terracotta tile from Italy brings the richness of this tradition to life–but in a way that lets you choose how to employ it, from the lightest touch on a backsplash or fireplace, or on a full wall…or even an entire room.

the collection includes the ultimate field tile to add interest to your 17th century: maiolica de delft installation–or to create a more subtle but unmistakably hand-painted look that evokes the classic blue and white tradition of maiolica de delft–but without the pattern.

a blue and white tiled bathroom with a decorative border.

a bed in a room with blue and white tiled walls.

why we love this tile

blue and white pattern is a motif seared into our collective consciousness. it’s a tradition that exists across the world, creating a veritable lingua franca of design: think blue and white Chinese porcelain, Italian maiolica, French faience, and of course, Dutch deflt. classic and timeless, it transcends trends and is forever evolving.

to create the collection, we worked with artisans carrying on the Italian maiolica tradition, painstakingly hand-painting classic terracotta tile. while each piece is a work of art — a one-of-a-kind piece — what we love is the ability to use it to tell your own story, create your own pattern language. this is a way for you to create your own tradition, your own piece of design history.

what you need to know

these hand painted treasures are just that. they’ll display all the individuality of anything that bears the mark of the human hand. adding to their integrity, you'll also notice slightest surface movements coming from the terracotta tiles beneath each glaze and painting, every tile uniquely revealing the authenticity of the rich italian clay which will ensure your walls, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds become their own masterpieces.

a blue and white kitchen sink backsplash with yellow drawers below.