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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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$ 29.75/sqft

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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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$ 29.75 /sqft


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$ 148.80 /box



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minimum order of 10 sqft

only 85 sqft available

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw resistant

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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 residential

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light commercial

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light 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

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shower wall

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steam shower floor

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steam shower wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 4: heavy

level 1: smooth

level 1: slight

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water absorption
avg. 0.1%; impervious

avg. 0.59

Pieces per sqft
8 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
5.2 lbs

Pieces per box
40 pcs/box

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal calacatta viola tiles?

like most natural stone, calacatta viola requires sealing (before & after grouting) to prevent staining and help with repelling water.

if your tile is porous or if using a dark grout, clé recommends Stonetech Heavy Duty Sealer from laticrete as a pre-grout treatment.

for all other sealing and protecting, clé recommends Stonetech BulletProof Sealer from laticrete.

for more information about sealing please see our calacatta viola material guidelines.

do you offer trim for your calacatta viola 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 stone tile edge can be honed 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 trim, please see our trim guide.

how do i take care of my calacatta viola tiles?

marble is chemically sensitive so only mild pH neutral cleaners should be used. 

clé recommends Laticrete cleaning products, please see our calacatta viola material guidelines for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our calacatta viola tiles come with a smooth-matte, honed surface. honing is a process in which the surface is grinded to the level that gives the tile a smooth matte finish.

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

calacatta viola is a natural stone and will exhibit variation in color and shade. 

Due to the natural materials and production process of calacatta viola 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:

calacatta viola tiles are rated 'level 4 heavy' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation.

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

how will my calacatta viola samples compare to my actual order?

as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, calacatta viola is a natural stone which will exhibit degrees of variation in color and shade. Our tiles are cut from large blocks of calacatta viola, therefore there will be variation in color and shade across production lots or batches depending on the area of the quarry a particular lot was pulled from. 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.

what should i expect with my order of calacatta viola tile? 

Dust and shipping residue are to be expected and should be cleaned prior to installing.

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.

is it possible to purchase more of the same material after my initial order (i.e. place an add on order)?

calacatta viola is a natural stone and will exhibit variation in color and shade. as the tiles are cut in blocks from a stone quarry formed by nature, there are significant differences between batches of the tiles when it comes to the shade and pattern depending on the area of the quarry a particular lot was pulled from. please keep this in mind when calculating your order, and be sure to purchase enough material. 

for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.


clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout with this collection. clé recommends a 1/8" grout joint on all sizes, except for those sizes that come mounted on mesh sheets. calacatta viola penny rounds, 1" hexagon mosaics and 1" x 3¾" herringbone mosaics come mounted on mesh sheets and have a fixed 1/16" grout joint. 5" hexes come mounted on mesh sheets and will have a fixed 1/8" grout joint.

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 calacatta viola material guidelines.

collection dimensions

square - 4"x4"x3/8"; straight rectified
subway - 3"x6"x3/8"; straight rectified
beveled subway - 3"x6"x3/8"; straight rectified
oversized subway - 6”x12”x3/8”; straight rectified
plank - 4"x12"x3/8"; straight rectified
field tile - 12"x12"x3/8" ; straight rectified 
large field tile - 12"x24"x3/8"; straight rectified

the below pieces come mounted on mesh sheets:

large hex - 12 1/2"x14 1/2"x3/8” overall sheet, 5"x5 3/4"x3/8" individual tiles; straight rectified (6 pieces per sheet with a fixed 1/8” grout joint)

herringbone - 11 1/2"x14 1/2"x3/8” overall sheet, 1"x3 3/4"x3/8" individual tiles; straight rectified (32 pieces per sheet with a fixed 1/16” grout joint)

penny rounds - 11 1/2"x13"x3/8” overall sheet, 3/4"x3/4"x3/8" individual tiles; straight rectified (240 pieces per sheet with a fixed 1/16” grout joint)

small hex - 11 1/4"x12 1/2"x3/8” overall sheet, 1"x1 1/8"x3/8" individual tiles; straight rectified (132 pieces per sheet with a fixed 1/16” grout joint)

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.

the statement marble

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striking, opulent, untamed

meet the wild child of marble: decadent, glamorous, bold, and completely unrestrained.

running the gamut from wild to slightly more tame clé calacatta viola is a lush white marble with veins of magenta, green, purple, gold–a maximalist’s dream.

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why we love this stone

all marble is classic, a miracle of nature formed under extreme heat and pressure, a celebration of the tectonic forces that literally created this earth. but calacatta–sourced from the apuan mountains in carrara, italy–is particularly sought-after, the most prized of all marbles.

marbles of this stature typically come in slab form. bucking the slab and the larger format, we have created a collection of tiles in traditional shapes and sizes that make the stone more accessible and unlock greater installation potential. consider this the next go-to tile.

what to know about calacatta viola

we’ve selected our clé calacatta viola for extraordinary quality–and its distinctive aesthetic qualities. our clé calacatta viola has a brighter white background with distinctive veining, high color variation, smooth texture.

highly expressive, it’s an opulent, striking surface for bathrooms, kitchens, and floors, and while durable will develop a soft patina over time.

in tile form, blending this marble is of the utmost importance. with clé calacatta viola tiles, veining may not appear on every tile so please make sure the tile is laid out before installation to ensure the overall drama and flow of the veining reads well.

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