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Fornace Brioni Homeowners Resource - Rocaille


What’s in our tile: Fornace Brioni Rocaille tiles are part of an extraordinary collection of terracotta and ceramic tiles from Gonzaga, a small town in the Reggio Emilia region of Italy, steeped in history and renaissance culture and renowned for its terracotta. Each cotto tile is created by hand in this family-run company, now in its fourth generation, headed by the Brioni brothers.


clé has worked with Fornace Brioni to provide the finest quality terracotta and ceramic tiles available. However, for the best installation, it is important that you hire a highly qualified tile contractor for your project. 




Inspecting your shipment:

  • All Rocaille tiles are made by hand, therefore noticeable variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, size and crazing is to be expected.
  • Due to the slight color and shade variations, 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. 
  • Dust and residue from shipping should be cleaned prior to installing. This can be done with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth.

For installation guidelines: 

  • clé’s guides are only to help direct you in the right path for a proper installation. Each project is unique and therefore requires a professional who can provide the exact specifications for your project. 
  • Please have your installer refer to the current edition of the TCNA Handbook for best installation results and ANSI A137:1 American National Standard Specifications for Ceramic Tile to reference for specifications.
  • Tile is merely the surface of your construction. Most installation issues arise from poor substrate or construction engineering and/or poor installation. Please refer to your project architect, structural engineer and/or installer to have the best results for your tile finish. 
  • Homeowners, please forward clé’s overview of Rocaille installation tips to your professional installer.

Grout Guidelines:

  • clé only recommends Mapei Ultracolor Plus FA  grout for Rocaille tile installations in wet applications.
  • Grouting is generally not done for dry applications of Rocaille tiles but if you prefer to grout, you will need to finger grout them due to the shape and dimension of the tile.
  • We recommend using the color avalanche.
  • Use of any other grout types can result in installation issues. 
  • Recommended grout joint size - 1/16” or butt joint.
  • If you are using the tiles in a wet application, grouting is required. You will need to seal prior to finger grouting and then seal the grout lines. 
  • If your contractor is having any issues or questions regarding this grout, please reach out to Maipei tech support directly at 1-800-992-6273 as they are the best and fastest line of contact.

Maintenance & Sealing guidelines:

  • clé only recommends the use of Miracle 511 Porous Plus for an invisible sealant finish. 
  • We recommend using a waterproofing, penetrating sealer (Miracle Sealant 511 Porous Plus) to seal the tile surface and grouted lines - before and after grouting, for installations that may come into contact with water or other liquid.
  • For applications in wet areas (backsplashes and showers), specific waterproofing precautions need to be taken such as using a waterproof membrane under the tile. Please consult with your installer to determine what methods are best for your installation. 
  • Single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water. Please refer to a professional for this. 

*HINT: if water or oil does not bead up on the surface of your tiles then the sealant was not applied properly. 


Cleaning guidelines:

  • Immediately clean up spills - do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface. Excess liquid can stain, pit and crack tile.
  • Interior wall installations can be cleaned with a pH neutral cleaner or warm water and a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. 
  • Grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a non-metal bristled cleaning brush.
  • Always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline products.