specification guide for architect’s palette italian terracotta

General Description

The Architect's Palette is an edited collection of elongated planks of italian terracotta tile. Coated in a silky matte finish these hand-hewn tiles are made of traditional, rustic Italian clay and are available in four architect-honed hues.


General Usage: Interior wall, interior flooring for light traffic areas, kitchen, backsplash, shower wall, external fireplace, hospitality, commercial, residential


Nominal Sizes

Nominal 2.25"x 12"x ⅝”


Standard Specifications

Architect’s Palette tiles shall be selected by the architect/designer/owner from manufacturer’s standard sizes, shapes and glazes.

Note: Interior/Exterior Specification -  Architect’s Palette tiles are not freeze thaw rated but are otherwise acceptable for exterior applications.  In wet applications the grout line will need to be sealed if a waterproof grout is not used.



A lead time of 2 - 4 weeks is sufficient in most cases, but when shown as out of stock, the lead-time can be up to 8 weeks.


Color and Texture Variation

V1 (lowest variation), T2 (light texture)



Installation methods should conform to the Tile Council of America “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation” (current edition).  Tiles from several different cartons should be mixed to achieve the best overall blend. Other systems are available and the manufacturer’s recommendations should be followed.

Before grouting, use a penetrating sealer, like Miracle 511 Porous Plus, to seal tiles. After the sealed tiles have fully dried, grout using an unglazed grout such as Mapei Flexcolor CQOnce the grout has cured per the manufacturer's instructions, tiles will need to be cleaned prior to applying the final coat of sealant. Remove any grout haze so it’s not sealed into the tiles. Any grout haze left by Mapei Flexcolor CQ can be removed with Mapei Ultracare Heavy-Duty Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner.

After grouting and cleaning have been completed, apply a final coat of Miracle 511 Porous Plus Sealer to the entire installation (tiles and grout lines). Always follow the sealant manufacturer’s instructions for reapplying sealant. 



Minimal maintenance is required. Mild soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning. Test any cleaners before general use.

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