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clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"
clé guild new california salvia <br> 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"

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*** this product comes 44 pieces per box and makes up 6.54 pieces per square feet when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint.

the sagebrush green of salvia is as charismatic and diverse as the plants for which it is named. toasty, grey-green hues and light spotting meld with surfaces ranging from satin to slightly glossy to give salvia a captivating softness and varied richness.

overall satin finish

about this collection

new california is a line of glazed brick tile inspired by the landscapes of the northern california coast. cool greys, warm earth and variegated greens echo the natural landscape of california’s beaches, headlands and woods. equally at home in traditional and modern settings, new california echoes the artistry and aesthetic of california’s influential mid-century craft movement. named for the native flora that inhabit the wild coastal landscape, this line of tile represents the beauty and quiet, earthy elegance of california.

new california is a locally produced, artisan tile created in clé tile’s san rafael guild. clay for this line is sourced from the base of the sierra nevada foothills. minimally processed, this rugged material possesses natural mineral inclusions which when fired, make every tile a truly unique expression of the earth from which it is made. glazes are formulated of natural minerals and pigments, giving each kiln load a small batch, hand crafted feel. 


what grout joint size should i use?   

we recommend a 3/8” grout joint with our new california collection which allows for 6.54 bricks per square foot. should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional bricks will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based on 6.54 bricks per square foot.

here are the pieces per square foot for a few other common grout joint sizes:

1/8” grout joint - 6.97 bricks per square foot
1/4” grout joint - 6.75 bricks per square foot

pieces per square foot comes to 7.2 when no grout joint is taken into account

what grout type and colors do you recommend?

clé only recommends mapei ultracolor plus fa grout to reduce the risk of grout haze and staining.

important: if clé guild new california tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you must also apply a penetrating sealant or grout release prior to grouting in order to minimize the possibility of the contrasting grout curing in the inherent hairline cracks.

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 bricks. 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 bricks.

  • first, have your professional brick contractor complete your brick 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 brick selection.

note that the full mapei ultracolor plus fa color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view for more information about grouting please see our clé guild new california installation & maintenance guide

do i need to seal new california bricks?

we recommend applying sealant or using a grout release prior to grouting if the brick has visible crazing. if new california is being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you should also seal before grouting because many bricks may have crazing without it being visible to the eye and would only come out with the grouting of the bricks as the invisible crazing absorbs the dye from the contrasting grout. dry applications do not need to be sealed as the final step of installation.

for applications in wet areas (backsplashes, showers, steam showers, pool & fountain water lines), grout lines and areas of visible crazing must be sealed as the final step of installation. sealant will not penetrate the glazed brick surface but it will penetrate and protect grouted areas and any crazing that reaches the clay body.

for more information about sealing please see our clé guild new california installation & maintenance guides.

do you offer trim for your clé guild new california bricks?

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 bricks 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 brick edge.
- if you have a painted surface next to your brick, you can choose to paint the outer edge of the brick to match the painted surface.
- like with any of our bricks, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the brick.

how do i take care of my clé guild new california bricks?

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. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled cleaning brush. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. do not allow water and liquids to sit on the brick surface. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use.

single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year on all grout lines in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water. reapplication is needed more often if installation is in a steam shower or pool/fountain. please refer to a professional for this.

clé guild new california installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

manzanita, bracken, salvia, and willow all have a satin matte finish, while cardoon, fennel, and yarrow have an overall matte finish. with dogwood and mallow you will find an overall gloss finish.

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

clé’s glazed brick shades and colors vary from brick to brick, some more than others. clé celebrates this variation resulting from our artisan production methods and choice of raw materials. glazed bricks are created by hand, one at a time, from unrefined clay and natural pigments, resulting in intentional variations of color including iron spots, but also variation in shade, texture and size.

due to the color and shade variations, it is very important to blend the bricks 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 bricks from all boxes. our bricks are subject to variations in color, texture, size and finish.

clé’s new california bricks have varied ratings for color variation. they are rated 'level 2 slight' for texture variation, and 'level 1 slight' for size variation.
please see product specific color ratings at the top right hand corner of each individual product page, and read more about the ratings in
our tile variation guide.

what's crazing, and should this be expected with new california bricks?

our new california glazed thin bricks are made by hand and can show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of brick after firing and is common in handcrafted brick.

how will my new california samples compare to my actual order?

how will my new california 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 new california brick, in addition to variation from brick to brick, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this also makes it possible that your sample will not be a perfect match with your actual order.

are there best practices for sampling clé guild new california?

due to the variation in color of our handmade bricks, and the variation in texture, combined with the imperfections listed above, we strongly encourage sampling more than one piece to get a better sense of what the tile has to offer.

why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?

industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to brick cuts, potential 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)?

color and shade variation between production batches (or kiln loads) of new california brick is a normal occurrence and to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the collection. 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.


rectangle - 2 1/2"x8"x1/2"

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


interior floor, interior wall, exterior wall, shower floor, shower wall, steam shower, residential low traffic, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround, pool & fountain waterline (non-freeze thaw locations only)