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  • fornace brioni cotto tivoli (bundle)  8"x28 1/2"x5/8"
  • fornace brioni cotto tivoli (bundle)  8"x28 1/2"x5/8"

fornace brioni cotto tivoli (bundle) 8"x28 1/2"x5/8"

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*this product comes 24 pieces per bundle, including one package of 12 listellos, one package of 6 pills, and one package of 6 rectangles
cristina celestino’s first collection for fornace brioni, ‘giardino all’italiana’, was inspired by the formal gardens of italy and was created after observing the geometric forms of trees, topiaries and sculpted hedgerow. Dusty shades of clay, mud, and natural pigments.

this hand-made, natural terracotta tile is made for use on the floor but is also suitable for walls. the bundle consists of four pieces in three shapes: pill in cotto variegato Ø3 (rosato, paglierino, custom grey), listellos in cotto bianco, and cut out rectangle in grey cotto Ø1 that come together to make up the pattern.

about this collection

fornace brioni features an extraordinary collection of both traditional terracotta and glazed ceramic tiles made in collaboration with architect and designer cristina celestino.

the traditional terracotta - or cotto - heralds from gonzaga, a small town in the lombardy region of Italy steeped in renaissance history and renowned for its terracotta. these tiles are still created by hand by the family-run company, now in its third generation, headed by alberto brioni.

created from the finest clays from the floodplain of the river po, cotto is nothing more than the combination of water and earth that when exposed to fire, creates a subtle alchemy that becomes embodied in each tile. both natural and ecological, each hand-made tile is unique and offers the best of italian craftsmanship.

as part of their collaboration, cristina celestino explores the traditional history of fornace’s cotto and teases out interpretations that are at once contemporary and rooted in familiarity. the further addition of glazed ceramic tiles round out the offerings with bright modern color choices and sleek lines. the resulting collections delve into themes of classical architecture, with nods to renaissance grottos and italian gardens, and a subtle playfulness enhanced by clean modern forms.

faq

what grout joint size should i use?

we recommend a 1/8" grout joint for trama and mantegna and a 3/8" grout joint for bibiena, cotto tivoli, and our cotto variegato tavellas. 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 ⅜” grout joint for these products as well.

note that our piece per square foot calculations for bibiena, cotto tivoli, and our cotto variegato tavellas incorporate a ⅜” grout joint. 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 on the below pieces per square foot:

bibiena - 2.31 pieces per square foot when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint

cotto tivoli - overall square footage of 8.9 per 24 piece bundle when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint

cotto variegato tavellas - 1.09 pieces per square foot when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint

here are the pieces per square foot when no grout joint is taken into account:

bibiena - 2.42 pieces per square foot

cotto tivoli - overall square footage of 8.5 per 24 piece bundle

cotto variegato tavellas - 1.13 pieces per square foot

what grout type and colors do you recommend?

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout for this collection. we recommend a 1/8" grout joint for trama and mantegna and a 3/8" grout joint for acanti, giulio romano, bibiena, cotto tivoli, and our cotto variegato tavellas.

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 (shower wall, backsplash), grouting is required.

for all applications of cotto variegato tavellas, cotto tivoli and bibiena, you will need to apply a sealant or a grout release prior to grouting (for easier clean up and to reduce the risk of grout haze). if you are using these tiles on floors or in wet applications (shower wall, shower floor, backsplash), grouting is required. you will need to seal the tile surface before grouting and then seal both the tile surface and grouted areas as the final step of installation.

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 installation & maintenance guide.

do i need to seal fornace brioni terracotta tiles?

fornace brioni terracotta tiles are extremely porous and should be sealed before and after grouting to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant. exterior floors must be installed above grade with waterproof, penetrating sealant. 

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

do you offer trim for your fornace brioni terracotta 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 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 floors 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.

IMPORTANT: the more foot traffic there is, the more wear and tear you will have and the more maintenance the floor will require. maintenance will include periodic stripping and re-application of sealant, especially for low commercial traffic floors. single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required at least once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

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

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our fornace brioni terracotta collection tiles are porous and unglazed, and they have a matte surface. their texture variation ranges from smooth to medium.

how much variation 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.

as listed below, fornace brioni terracotta tiles are rated v2 - v4 in color variation and t2 - t3 in texture variation as outlined in our tile variation reference guide:

fornace brioni labirinto acanti v2 t2
fornace brioni giulio romano cotto rosato v2 t2
fornace brioni bibiena variegato + cotto bianco v3 t2
fornace brioni cotto tivoli (bundle) v3 t2
fornace brioni mantegna cotto triangles v2 t2
fornace brioni tavella cotto variegato v4 t2
fornace brioni trama cotto diamond v2 t2

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.

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"
cotto variegato tavella - 8"x16"x5/8"
bibiena - 8 1/2"x9 1/2"x3/4"
terracotta tivoli bundle:
total - 8"x28 1/2"x5/8"
terracotta pill - 4 1/2"x16"x5/8"
terracotta listello - 1 1/2"x9"x5/8"
terracotta rectangle - 8"x16"x5/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal and can vary plus or minus 1/4 inch for acanti, giulio romano, variegato tavellas, bibiena, and tivoli, and plus or minus 1/8 inch for mantegna and trama.

usage

interior floor, exterior floor, interior wall, exterior wall, shower floor, shower wall, residential low traffic, residential high traffic, commercial low traffic, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround. Limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze thaw.