SAN FRANCISCO, CA --Fireclay Tile,a longtime innovator in artisanal tile designs, recently acquired Kibak Tile in Sisters, OR. The company’s recent addition brought with it a true master in all things pattern, Susanne Redfield, founder of Kibak Tile, who has formally joined the Fireclay Tile team. With over 35 years of experience as the leader in hand painted tile, Redfield has refreshed the look and feel of Fireclay’s traditional aesthetic with bold contemporary patterns and a modern twist on classic favorites. An artful blend of authentic craftsmanship and unique appeal, the new "Contemporary," "Moroccan" and "Mediterranean" hand painted collections offer modern aesthetics, sophisticated textures and alluring finishes.

Inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textiles, the new series is handcrafted using a proprietary wax resist technique that originated in 16th century Persia. Fireclay Tile first screens a pattern on the surface of its 70% recycled clay tile, then skilled artisans hand paint lead-free glazes within the lines of each pattern. The finished product exhibits a brilliant attention to detail with subtle textures created by the contrasting flat lines and slightly thicker glazed surfaces. The collections are offered in 8- x 8-inch and 6- x 12-inch authentic decorative tiles, and are perfect for accent pieces or brilliant feature installations in indoor hospitality, commercial, retail and residential settings. Outdoor use is subject to climate and method of installation.

The Contemporary collection is a rare combination of trend and timelessness. Ranging from beautifully soft, organic lines that lend a couture element seldom found in ceramic tile, to bursting with life geometric lines and symmetry that create graphic patterns, evoking style and energy. Sophisticated design and neutral colors, these eight distinct patterns enhance floor or feature wall installations by lending agelessness to any project.

Embracing the diverse and cultural designs of Persia, the Moroccan collection harmonizes both time-honored, classic patterns combined with effortless present-day designs that exemplify understated elegance. Dramatic and vibrant, the 13 patterns available inject graphic appeal with old world charm, designed to create a bold flooring statement or seductive feature wall, these confident classic patterns beg to be installed just about anywhere.

Interpreting ‘Spanish Modern’ culture and old-world aesthetic, the Mediterranean collection showcases fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, ready to lend authenticity to any project. Mimicking nature, the lively colorful collection with 11 designs ranges from deep blues of the sky and ocean, to terra cotta warm tones and glimpses of red, yellow, and forest greens.

Fireclay Tile also recently announced the industry's first direct-to-consumer online tile experience, allowing consumers to customize and purchase tile directly from the Fireclay website. Fireclay is paving the way for a cutting-edge, fresh approach to the tile buying experience. The new online experience includes free color samples and free shipping; "Make it Yours" purchasing tool; and free design assistance, including online chat and tile design services.

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