watermark

watermark | dip | outer sunset | porcelain

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a maison clé tile

maison clé are our exclusive tile offerings featuring collaborations with artists from across the globe and we very much consider these pieces works of art. much like art they require skillful installation.

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dreamy, meditative watermark

tile inspired by japanese shibori

deborah osburn's watermark begins with a hand-cut, slow-fired unglazed porcelain tile, the color of paper, that is then either dipped, stained or washed with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. watermark dip was created by leaving a tile upright in a glass with indigo dye that was then absorbed into the porcelain body creating a natural watermark line similar to that of shibori textiles. the porcelain body of the tile dictates the absorption of color with some not taking on much color while others draw up a lot of the pigment into thin shades of the dye creating multiple horizons of dissimilar hues. more recently, luca osburn, her son and an avid surfer, has taken over production of the collection and has added his own iteration of colors, inspired by the magical quality of the tides and waves he encounters in the pacific surf. shown here, outer sunset featuirng faded pink inspired by the rows of houses that border san francisco's ocean beach.

why we love watermark

with her signature, award-winning watermark collection, clé founder, deborah osburn melds two tactile and mutually enriching materials – porcelain and pigment – to create an ombre-effect on tile inspired by japanese textile dyeing techniques. the results of this unique process are a hypnotic fade of color from deep to light…reminiscent of the movement of tides. dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar- please expect every one of the tiles from this series to invoke the unique individuality of its namesake- watermark.

a deep well of inspiration

deborah osburn's "watermark" was voted best of year 2014 by interior design magazine.
she has spent her career producing tiles and the act of tile making, along with an affection for art, fashion and design inform her tile collections.
“i enjoy melding opposites- creating historical themes using modern technologies or developing current styles made from archaic methods. for me, the process of making tiles is as significant as the finished product. i'm lucky. everyday i get to take those passions and figure out new ways to produce tile from the depths of my tile making inspirations. because i've been exploring this for some time, that well of inspiration runs deep. ” - deborah osburn

product specifications

technical specifications

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freeze thaw resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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exterior 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

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
hand painted

level 4: heavy

level 1: smooth

level 2: medium

level 1: will occur

dimensions
" x  " x  "
water absorption
<3%; vitreous

dcof
dcof testing is not performed as this is strictly a wall tile

Pieces per sqft
4.5 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
3.38 lbs

Pieces per box
36 pcs/box

read before you buy this tile

what type of sealant should i use with my watermark tiles?

clé recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing all applications of watermark tiles. please note that the use of any other sealant may strip the hand painted decoration off the surface of the tile.

please note that watermark tiles come with a single coat of the top coat applied.

for more information about sealing please see our watermark material guidelines.

do you offer trim for your watermark 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.
- 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 watermark tiles?

as with any finely hand painted tile, clé warns against the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads, for maintenance cleaning or during the installation process.

cleaning watermark only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases.

watermark tiles are chemically sensitive. do not use any cleaners that are not pH neutral and avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.

see our watermark material guidelines for more information.

what does it mean for me that watermark tiles come with a single coat of the top coat already applied?

watermark tiles have the benefit of a single coat of the top coat already applied when they arrive. the coating provides stain resistance and therefore allows for a longer “reaction” time but will not render your tiles stain-free. please sure to clean up messes quickly.

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

each and every hand painted watermark tile is different and unique, with heavy variation in color and pattern to be expected.

our tiles are subject to variations in color, texture, size and finish. 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.

variation ratings:

watermark tiles, with the exception of the field tile that is rated 'level 2 slight', are rated 'level 4 heavy' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 2 medium; for size variation.

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

how will my watermark 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 of watermark 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.

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.

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

grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a 1/4" grout joint with this collection.

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.

any other tips for grouting?

we recommend carefully finger grouting to keep grout in the joints and off the surface of the decorative tiles. you may find it easiest to employ this grouting method by using a grout bag for applying the grout into the joint and finalizing the grout finish with your finger or a soft, wet cloth.

for more information about grouting please see our watermark material guidelines.

collection dimensions

rectangle - 4"x8"x3/8"

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

material guidelines