natural 3.5"x4"x3/8" hex special order
natural 3.5"x4"x3/8" hex special order
zellige tile left bare of any glaze is the most natural tile we offer at clé. inspiring images of the moroccan desert- natural zellige are stunning on their own, or paired with any of their glazed counterparts (and especially weathered white, secret lagoon or ancient sea zellige), our natural zellige is as traditional as zellige gets.
about this collection
zellige are terracotta tiles from morocco. zellige (pronounced zill-eejh') acquires its coloring from the historic clay body that is a rich terra cotta, inherently forcing it's hue through all the glazes.
if you're tired of the same-ol same-ol, then this tile born from a 10th century tile-making craft has arrived just in time for you! clé zellige is handmade in morocco. formed from the moroccan earth, and baked in kilns fired by burning olive pits.
available sizes? 2"x2", 4"x4", 3.5" hex, 2"x6" (nominal size)"
color variations? it isn't authentic zellige without wild variations of color and shade!
glaze variations? the zellige glazes have a lovely gloss surface that will have specks, pits, chips and flaws, as well as, undulations of surface. this varying and glossy finish can best be described as a "sequin-like" surface.
how much variation should i expect?
zellige are created from natural glazes, pigments and terra cotta clay. every one of these natural materials is completely unfiltered allowing for maximum variation and irregularities. plus, they are fired in hand made kilns that are fueled using olive pits. all of this hand craft is what makes zellige so magically varied- tile to tile. please enjoy the extreme variation of color, shade and surface texture. what does this mean to you? your zellige order will contain the following:
- size variation
- thickness variation
- cracked tiles
- chipped edges (from hand chiseling each tile)
- pitted glaze surfaces (from the unfiltered terra cotta reacting with the kiln heat)
- crazing (from the glaze and the clay body cooling at different temperatures)
please note that, once installed properly and grouted, the above issues will bring you the textured zellige look that is so treasured by the design world.
HOWEVER, do the above irregularities differ from your expectations for a "proper" zellige installation? if so, then clé highly recommends you select another tile that will yield more surface regularity.
what is the standard grout joint size for zellige?
because all zellige is hand cut after firing into the individual tiles, they are crafted to allow for a very tight grout joint. please look at our resources/specification guide.
where can i use zellige tiles?
almost everywhere! but please see the "usage" section for more details.
how does the tile ship?
clé tiles ship on pallets via ground.
restrictions and exclusions
High-zone delivery areas - fees vary depending on zone
Shipping to an island or peninsula
Inside delivery, whiteglove service - add $175 per pallet.
ONLY COMMERCIAL ADDRESSES WITH ELEVATOR ACCESS.
why do you suggest i order 10% to 15% more than my measurements?
there is always the potential of breakage during moving and shipping tiles (2% to 3%). also, you should always have additional tiles for making tile cuts during your installation, and to store for possible future repair needs.
what are the minimum order requirements?
2 boxes in-stock
75sf special order
when can i expect my order?
in stock orders will ship in 3-5 days of your order. special order tiles can take up to 12-14 weeks to ship.
can i cancel my order?
you have 3 hours to cancel your order. artists' tiles are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.
are there trade discounts?
yes, please refer to our "TRADE PROGRAM" page.
do you sell internationally?
yes, for orders outside of North America, the minimum order is 150 square feet.
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