zio & sons + clé zellige weathered white 4" octagon / bouchon sample
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drawing upon the rich mosaic patterns of morocco, this collection, in collaboration with designer anthony d’argenzio of zio & sons, offers two simple terracotta shapes that fit together–a 4" octagon and 1" bouchon–in a palette of neutral shades, resulting in countless combinations and ways to create a truly custom look.
the collection also includes pre-assembled mosaic borders perfect to frame floors, cap backsplashes, and more.
about this collection
the zio & sons + clé collection features a 4" octagon and 1" bouchon in four neutral shades: weathered white, sea salt (our newest bright white zellige color), charred cedar and natural unglazed terracotta. each octagon can be mixed with a contrasting bouchon to create countless pattern combinations and a truly custom look. the collection is perfect as an accent wall or even for a floor surface.
also included are two pre-assembled mosaic border designs perfect to frame floors, cap backsplashes and more.
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 grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?
zellige is traditionally set without the use of any grout. in Morocco the installations are done with a butt joint and no grout whatsoever–and they have withstood the test of time. however, at clé we recommend as tight of a grout joint as possible: butt joint or 1/16", with mapei flexcolor cq tile grout for natural zellige, and mapei ultracolor plus fa tile grout for glazed zellige.
We recommend using a dark grout color if installing dark colored zellige, due to the thin crackle/hairline crazing on the tile surface that is undetectable unless a contrasting grout is used. If you choose to use a contrasting grout (i.e. white grout with black tile), you must make sure to 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 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 Ultracolor Plus FA & Flexcolor CQ color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. Visit the Mapei website to view.
any additional recommendations for zio & sons + clé mounted borders?
zio & sons + clé border pieces come pre-assembled, revealing white setting material in between each piece. We recommend applying Mapei Grout Refresher onto the setting material to match the grout color you select for your installation. Mapei Grout Refresher comes in the same colors as Mapei Ultracolor Plus FA and Mapei Flexcolor CQ, allowing the color to be consistent and matched easily to your grout.
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.
Note that due to the firing methods and raw materials used to create glazed clay tiles, your order of Zio & Sons tile will have a percentage of tiles greater than 15% with cracks, crazing, edge-chipping and pits through the glaze to the clay body.
clé WARNING: having an installation with tiles that experience any of the above imperfections is the traditional look for Zio & Sons installations. Any editing of these naturally occurring imperfections from your tile shipment will greatly reduce the traditional appeal of your installation.
If these imperfections do not fit your project’s needs we recommend ordering more than 15% overage. This allows your contractor to cherry-pick these imperfections from your order.
Octagon - 4"x4"x3/8”
Bouchon - 1 1/4"x1 1/4"x3/8”
Mounted border - 3 ½”x8”x1/2”
Disclaimer: Please note all dimensions are nominal and can vary plus or minus 1/4 inch.
interior floor, interior wall, exterior wall, shower floor, shower wall, steam shower, residential low traffic, residential high traffic, commercial low traffic, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround, pool & fountain waterline (GLAZED tiles and non-freeze thaw locations only). Limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze thaw.