By kristin


Driving around northern Italy, it’s hard to find a town that does not have a claim to fame. Whether it’s food, fashion, tiles or automobiles, Italy is a land teeming with hand craftsmanship, which is why I was dying to take a tile factory tour when I was in town for Cersaie. Luckily, our friends at Ceramiche Coem let me peek inside their factory in Fiorano Modenese – where all of the company’s innovative porcelain tiles are made! Here’s a look inside:

The design and research lab inside the factory

Color charts for each tile series

Storage of materials for Coem and its sister company, Fioranese

To make the tiles, first a mixture of clay, feldspar and sand is combined in a mill with water

Then dried and pressed (in this case, with 4800 tons of pressure) to form the body of the tile

Next, the design is printed on the surface using a 5-color inkjet printer

And inspected for imperfections

Then fired at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Celsius

Inspected again, packaged and shipped!

*Special thanks to Silvia Bedodi, Production Director Umberto Bertacchini and Environmental Director Umberto Chiesi for giving me a tour!


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