Villafranca 3 Dolcer Ceramic Tile
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You may order samples online. Sample must be purchased and shipping charges apply. Please keep in mind sample tiles may vary in color from future orders due to the handmade process.
Dolcer tiles are NOT frost resistant, they should not be used on outdoor installations with potential freezing temperatures.
The Dolcer Ceramic Tile is an exclusive collection of Tierra y Fuego. Due to our continuous research and development there has been an improvement in our proprietary glaze formulas and tile bisque. These tiles can tolerate a higher firing process in up to 1010 °C (1850 °F). This translates into a more durable tile with better fusion between glaze and bisque, making it more resistant to the ravages of high humidity conditions. The Dolcer tiles are recommended for use in moist environments such as bathrooms, kitchens, fountains and pools.
Another great advantage of the Dolcer collection is the ability to make available an extensive range of colors, an option that is not possible in any of our other tile collections. Thanks to our skilled ceramicists who break conventions we can now enjoy new designs, colors and textures.
Compared to our Traditional Talavera tiles, Dolcer have greater hardness and mechanical strength, due in part to new mixtures of various raw materials that can be fired at higher temperatures. The proper mixture of raw materials is important because it provides the plasticity and rigidity needed for the tiles to be handled and moved without falling apart. Another important improvement has been in the formulation of glazes. The glaze is the thin layer of glossy material on the body of the tile or (bisque), which provides aesthetic and technical properties, such as color, design, impermeability and hardness. Finally, firing of the tiles at higher temperatures produces a tile with stronger body, better resistance to stains and lower porosity.
Dolcer Tiles are made using the Maiolica ceramic technique, by applying a tin-glaze layer on a terracotta tile, then the tile is decorated over the glazed surface with other color glazes, and lastly it is fired in a kiln until it reaches the desired finish. The name Maiolica is thought to come from the medieval Italian word for Majorca, an island in the Mediterranean on the route followed by ships bringing Hispano-Moresque wares from Valencia to Italy. Moorish potters from Majorca are reputed to have worked in Sicily and it has been suggested that their wares reached the Italian mainland from Caltagirone, a town in the island of Sicily.
Tierra y Fuego exclusive Dolcer tile collection delivers the stunning design and esthetic solutions of authentic, old-world handcrafted decorative tiles, and at the same time meets technical requirements for applications of greater stress. Order your samples today and experience for yourself the high quality and uniqueness of our Dolcer Tiles.
We have taken our handcrafted ceramic tile to a new level of quality and durability. Our research and development team of designers and ceramists have given birth to this new collection of tile. This collection serves as an alternative choice to traditional talavera tiles offering more designs and colors as well as a higher standard of quality.
Although Tierra y Fuego maintains high standards of quality control lot variation in size and color may be present from shipment to shipment. There is no guarantee that tiles ordered as add-ons will match those from original orders. This is an intrinsic characteristic in all ceramic tiles, and particularly in handcrafted tiles.
Villafranca 3 Dolcer Ceramic Tile
• All interiors of residential and commercial wall applications.
• Light-use residential flooring as accents or as a border to define an area.
• Outdoor use in areas where freezing temperatures are not common. Tiles are not frost resistant.
• Wet areas such as showers, pools or fountains.
• Tiles and grout must be sealed with a penetrating sealer that will form an invisible barrier resistant to moisture and stains.
• Outdoor use is subject to climate conditions and method of installation.
• Not recommended on outdoor installations with potential freezing temperatures.
• For a comparison of variation and crazing degrees refer to Variation and Crazing Details
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|Care and Considerations||• Clean with mild cleanser and damp cloth, do not use abrasive cleaners.|
• Some glazes such as matte colors are acid sensitive. Do not use cleaners with an acid base since these may cause discoloration.
|Installation||• For Installation Recommendations refer to our Installation Guide|
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