Originating in Morocco, Zellige style tile is shaping up to be the hottest trend of 2019.
Zellige tiles are popping up everywhere nowadays, and these ancient terracotta tiles are not appropriate for perfectionists! Traditional Zellige tiles are hand made in Morroco of natural clay, usually terracotta, and then coated with an enamel glaze by hand. The tiles wildly irregular shade variations have an imperfect, organic quality; chips, dings, and divots are a feature, not a flaw.
The current reigning champion of producing these ancient tiles is Cle’ Tile. Our clients who insist on Cle’ fall in love with the sequin like shine and depth of the tiles. They are produced on a thick terracotta base that gives the tile a warmth even after glazing, and their meticulous attention to detail and quality has won over many designers. Their tiles are handmade in Morroco by artisans that have been honing their craft for generations. They offer many different sizes and colors leaving the door open to imaginative applications. Due to the nature of the process, lead times for special orders can be on the long side, 18-20 weeks, but they do have many sizes and colors ready to ship in 5-10 business days. One drawback of using the real thing is the time and detail it takes to install the tiles, this is not suitable for a DIY application! The retail price of these tiles starts at $19.50/SF plus freight for their most basic color and size options.
Fortunately, recognizing the demand, other tile vendors are putting out lovely copies that are easier on the pocketbook and easier to install. These copies are machine-made but use multiple molds and encourage an irregularity in color variation, glaze, size, and texture to emulate the originals. Though not built with terracotta clay, many of these copies are made on a natural clay that successfully creates that organic feel. The lead times on these options are usually 5-7 days or less and price per square foot ranges from $9-14.
Please visit some of our vendors that currently offer beautiful Zellige look options
Here at Campbell’s, we work with systems…. We have developed and researched systems for installing different types of tiles in a variety of applications, we have systems for business operations, Jami has a system for design meetings, and through trial and error, we perfect them until we know what works for us as a company. Under tile, radiant floor, heating systems are no different. We have tried multiple different types of heat mats, cable systems, and custom mat manufacturers throughout the years. About 4 years ago, we started installing the Ditra Heat Systems exclusively and we have never looked back.
Anyone who knows us knows we bleed Orange, Schluter Systems has been one of the backbones of our installations since it was first introduced in the United States and we swear by it. We were unsure of the Ditra Heat System when it was first brought to us, as we were accustomed to having custom mats drafted and produced for each individual job. This caused delays due to production time and headaches when the mats were not correct or there were changes after the plan was drafted and put into production. The Ditra Heat Systems’ flexibility and warranty are what eventually won us over. This system provides reliable waterproofing, and it can be applied to any application: floors, shower floors, steam showers, even benches. As installers, we have the flexibility to adapt to the room and to any special requests of the client. And the cherry on the top is the warranty! When properly installed the warranty for Schluter Ditra Heat cannot be beat!
Schluter offers two types of thermostats, the programmable touchscreen thermostat and the programmable Wi-Fi thermostat that you can program from your phone. Nothing like being able to turn on your floor heat on the way home from skiing all day!
As the days get shorter and cooler, your new heated floors will keep your tootsies nice and warm. We love Schluter Ditra Heat and we know you will too!
Tile Concepts is truly a family operation!
Chris and DeAnna Campbell have owned and operated CTC since 1997, their passion for scrupulous, high-quality installations and customer-centered service is the heart of our company.
Their kind, generous spirit embodies the soul of the company and can be felt when interacting with anyone who works for them.
After hours, Chris and DeAnna dote on their three adult children and young grandson. They have found a good balance in running a business together while still keeping a wonderful loving relationship by enjoying time with family and friends, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, practicing Martial Arts, as well as traveling. Some of their favorite locations are Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley.