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If you purchase glazed terracotta tiles, make sure the glazed tiles are non-slip, particularly in areas such as a kitchen or bathroom where water tends to accumulate. Glazed terracotta tiles can be especially slippery, so take care to make sure no one slips while walking over your new floor tiles.
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Our Traditional Saltillo tile is a go-to choice for the most authentic-looking Mexican tile floors. With colors ranging from terracotta and cream to an array of golden tones, this iconic tile is perfect for Spanish-style and Southwestern-style homes, haciendas, beach houses, and more.
Antique Saltillo is a hybrid of Traditional and Manganese finishes. It has a textured surface, and is rubbed/sealed with manganese dioxide to give it an old-world look. Terracotta colors are also prominent, and every terracotta tile is different. Antique Saltillo tile can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. We love the added benefit of texture creating a natural non-slip surface for outdoor pool decks and patios. (Note: Your installer can leave grout on the surface of the tile to produce darker colors reminiscent of reclaimed terra cotta tiles.)
Pro Tip: Saltillo colors will vary (sometimes drastically, sometimes minimally) from one manufacturing lot to the next. We do not guarantee color matching clay tiles because there are kiln-firing elements and weather elements that dramatically affect the finished color of the tile. We always suggest ordering enough tiles for your project at one time, to ensure a consistent color theme.
we have always loved terracotta for its history and durability, evolving in design but always staying true to itself. cristina celestino says it best: "i started off by looking back at the history of this material, with the idea of moving it away from its historic rustic application and towards its more contemporary context. i realized that this material had a great deal of unexplored potential, so while traditional production techniques were still necessary, it was possible to experiment more on the design side." in particular, we love the way celestino delves into the richness of italy's historical legacy of art and design, teasing out stories, motifs, and themes, bringing them to life with freshness, a knowing humor, and a modern edge.
fornace brioni + cristina celestino terracotta tiles are extremely porous and must be sealed before grouting and as the final step of installation in order maintain their appearance and avoid staining.
we offer an end cap sold by the linear foot to go along with our giulio romano column, should this be desired for your project. In general, 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.
due to the natural materials and production process of fornace brioni + cristina celestino erracotta tiles, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade and size in your order, therefore it is 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.
how will my fornace brioni terracotta samples compare to my actual order? as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, due to the handmade craftsmanship of our tiles and the variety of materials used, there will be degrees of variation in color, shade, size and texture across production lots or batches. This means that your sample may not be a perfect match with your actual order, and that your add-on order may not be a perfect match to either.
-store your terracotta tiles in a cool, dry place to prevent moisture build which can lead to efflorescence and other issues.-if efflorescence is present, have your installer do a quick sanding with an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper before sealing the tiles.-additionally, stonetech restore acidic cleaner can also be used to remove efflorescence.
for dry applications of acanti, mantegna, trama and giulio romano tiles it is not necessary to grout, however it is necessary for exterior applications. if your installation requires grout, use a grout bag to fill the joints due to the shape and depth of the tile.
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.
Rustic, handmade terracotta. The tiles have deep to light red tones, and hand finished edges to give the worn appearance of an original terracotta floor. The tiles arrive unsealed allowing you to finish and achieve the desired effect. Sizes stated are nominal and imprecise and imperfections to the surface and edge are to be expected.
Terracotta has been used as a floor covering for centuries and has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. The deep red, ochre and russet tones give a beautiful finish and an instant warmth to a room. The tiles are handmade, giving a wonderful rustic appearance, so when laid, they look like an authentic, traditional terracotta floor that could have been down for decades. The clay is allowed to dry in the sun, so it is not uncommon to see the occasional paw print or indentation in the surface of the tiles. The terracotta arrive unsealed, to allow you to finish the tiles to achieve your desired look. Terracotta is very porous if left untreated, so we highly recommend the tiles are sealed by a professional upon installation to give a hard wearing finish. We recommend treating the tiles with boiled linseed oil, until saturated and finishing with an LTP wax. Please see our full laying instructions here.
We now offer pre-sealed terracotta floor tiles which you can purchase below. This means that the installation of our terracotta tiles is much easier and quicker, and can save you both time and money. This means that you only have to lay and grout the tiles, saving three to five days in waiting for the floor to be sealed, dried and finished. The cost for this service is 10 per m2 for double boiled linseed oil, and 15 per m2 for Sadolin floor varnish or LTP Mattstone, all of which are UK made sealants.
Customers should note that we have tried every product on the market, and these three solutions are by far the best for handmade clay / terracotta floor tiles. The classic finish of linseed oil followed by a hard wax or oil is still an excellent solution, but there are other alternatives such as Sadolin and synthetic sealants which offer a different finish.
Using UK made double boiled linseed oil, we give the tiles six coatings with a professional sponge applicator, which gives them a comprehensive pre- seal. This also makes it much easier to clean the tiles when grouting, and gives good protection against water and any other liquids or dirt. You should note that linseed oil will darken the tiles by around 20%. Once the floor is laid and grouted, you can then use a satin or gloss hard wax like Osmo Polyx Oil for the final finish. There are also other clear or antique waxes which can be buffed into the surface. This traditional method of sealing terracotta tiles gives the floor a classic and more antique look, and Osmo Polyx oil is excellent at bringing out the antique character of the tiles.
1. Sadolin floor varnish : we give the tiles four coats, which leaves a subtle sheen on the floor and a very hard multi layered protective coating on top of the tiles. This finish makes it much easier to clean the grout off the tiles, and long term maintenance is easy.
Clay and brick tiles have been used for flooring for thousands of years. Terracotta pavers can add Old World charm to your home, but require special care to preserve the beauty for years. You can purchase glazed Terracotta or unglazed tiles. Unglazed terracotta is relatively inexpensive ($3.00-4.00 per sq. ft.) but you MUST use the proper sealer, wax, or oil to enhance and preserve the rich beauty of Terracotta pavers.
All terracotta tiles start out as 'Unglazed' raw clay. Some types are 'Sun-Dried', like Saltillo Clay tiles from Mexico, while other types may be 'Kiln-Dried'. This process dries out the tile and hardens the surface. When raw and unglazed, these tile are as absorbent as a sponge and need some form of protection. Using one of the following methods will help bring out the rich color tones enhancing the appeal, while also making it easier to clean and maintain your floors.
One of the oldest methods for treating clay tiles is with the use of special oils. Oil treatments will enhance the color and also provide protection against spill and stains. Think of oil treatments for terracotta like hand rubbed wood finishes that leave a warm patina.We offer special Parafin Oils for the treatment of unglazed terracotta, clay tiles, and brick. (Buy Special Order Only) Please call to order: 800-380-6881
Lastly, you can use Beeswax to treat unglazed terracotta tile floors. One of the oldest methods is first staining the tile with Bioled Linseed Oil, and polishing with Beeswax, applying dozens of coats of wax. This is of course a VERY expensive and time consuming method and fortunately, many of the modern synthetics offer a much more economical and practical approach. 041b061a72