Joliet: delivering deep drama

Compelling and deeply dramatic, Joliet is one of the most charismatic tiles in Merola’s portfolio. Manufactured for us by one of Spain’s acknowledged leaders in glamorous glazed tiles; these elongated brick format tiles – a bold take on a traditional subway tile – come in three rich and opulent colors. There are two surface options: a low-profile biscuit with a slightly uneven surface, and Prisma, which has a 3D ripple effect. This wavy and undulated surface scatters light to animate the richly glazed surface.

Powerful and emotionally inspiring, the key to Joliet’s allure is a sumptuous glaze finish inspired by the raku tradition. In this Japanese technique, fire hits the tile directly, resulting in an exquisite natural iridescence. In Joliet, the highly reflective glossy finish and undulated surface creates dramatic visual rhythm and depth. This is magnified by a metallic undertone that allows each tile to shimmer and shine.

The three vibrant color options – sapphire, jade, and dark amber – are all based on a different gemstone: a suitable reference for a collection that simply oozes class. There is a subtle micro-crazing inherent in the character of these glazes that help them to achieve such vibrant colors. That is part of the charm of the product and does mean that Joliet tiles should be sealed when installed in wet areas.

Available in forty-one different print variations that are randomly scattered throughout each case, Joliet offers a one-of-a-kind look. Its glazed feature makes it an ideal choice for indoor wall installations, including kitchen backsplashes, bathroom showers, and fireplace façades.

Tile is the better choice for your space. Joliet porcelain tiles are made from natural ingredients, making it a healthy choice, free from allergens, VOCs, formaldehyde, and PVC. All that is required to maintain the brilliance of Joliet’s sheen is periodic cleaning with soap and water, or a pH neutral cleaner.

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