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Il Ferrone


For centuries, the Cotto Tradition has had its roots in the Florentine region, especially in the Impruneta area, between the valleys of Greve and Ema rivers. The distinctive clays of this territory guarantee a product unique for both its quality and tone. Over time, Cotto has become the basic material for all types of architecture, from rustic Tuscan countryside buildings to celebrated artistic achievements such as Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence or the Squares of San Gimignano.

Il Ferrone was established in 1971, with the target of manufacturing valuable cotto floor coverings and from Impruneta as said in Italian “Cotto Pregiato Imprunetino”, using modern technologies to update the production process of this traditional Tuscan artifact.
Since 2004 Il Ferrone enters Vivaterra Srl, the new reference group for Cotto Impruentino at international level.

Cotto produced by Il Ferrone has become one of the most important and significant expressions of this centuries-old culture and the Company are nowadays the world’s leading brand name in Cotto, representing renewal and tradition.

At the same quality of the material and the care of artisan production Il Ferrone supported the power of industrial production and the dynamics of the project research. The wide production materials are suitable for interior paving and exterior paving as well as for interior facing and exterior facing.

The production materials are Frost resistant, abrasion resistant, UV resistant and pH resistant, which make the products ideal to use in hard climatic zones especially next to sea-shore and low temperatures areas.

Il Ferrone S.p.A production wide range is made from owned clay pits and is officially marked Natural product.

Company products

  • Rustic surface
    A distinctive, uniform “Florentine red” color and a rusticated anti slip surface is the Traditional Rustic Cotto, which constitutes the most classic type of Florentine products.
  • Polished surface Edge beveled
    Traditional rustic surface tiles going through polishing process which enhances the “Florentine red” color.
  • Luce surface – Tiles with stain-resistant finish
    A ceramic slip applied before firing and incorporated into the clay body at 1000 °C renders the finished Cotto ware completely waterproof and resistant to stains of any kind.
  • Majolica surface – Tiles with stain-resistant finish
    Stain protected tiles in deep warm color shades of the Florentine tradition obtaining many years of heavy-duty service.
  • Cotto Novo – Pretreated surface
    This rustic cotto paving tiles manufactured with the traditional Impruneta red color washed and waxed and ready to use after a light acid washing and a last hand of wax
  • Cotto Nobile – Structured rough surface
    Extruded paving tiles preserving the natural imperfections and shading typical of handcrafted products.
  • Cotto Brolio Structured rough surface
    Extruded paving tiles with Semi polished surface, shaded as if aged by time donating a particular image, where used.
  • Cotto AliseoStructured rough surface
    Structured rough tiles velvety to touch in a pale and bright  color shades.
  • Plank 20×100 sandblasted
    Quality sandblasted unique size tiles which donate a “ship decking cover”.
  • Traditional Hand-made Cotto
    Traditional “hand-made” tiles manufactured as in old times by skilled professionals. The final result senses personality and uniqueness to the products.
  • Castelvecchio – Semi polished Hand-made Cotto
    The traditional hand-made tile undergoes a semi-polishing process at the factory to create floors with a “worn” look.
  • Floor Centers – Hand-made Cotto
    State of art exclusive centerpieces for floors, each one worked as in old days, employing original shapes and particular colorings to tell its own story.
  • Corte Antica – Machine Hand-made Cotto
    Machine made tiles maintaining the image charm of the traditional Classic hand-made tiles.
  • Spoleto – Machine Hand-made Cotto
    Ochre clay machine made tiles maintaining the image charm of the traditional Classic hand-made tiles.
  • Terre Chiare – Machine Hand-made Cotto
    Pinkish clay machine made tiles maintaining the image charm of the traditional Classic hand-made tiles.
  • Recupero – Machine Hand-made Cotto
    Machine made tiles maintaining the image charm of the traditional Classic hand-made tiles with tobacco color veins.
  • Pienza – Machine Hand-made polished Cotto
    Machine made tiles maintaining the image charm of the traditional Classic hand-made polished tiles.
  • Sestino brick & Tozzetto brick
    Sestino and Tozzetto are very small bricks destined mainly for heavy duty paving roads and town squares but used very frequently for interior paving and interior facing due to their particular look.

Architectural elements

Architectural shapes

Il Ferrone has conducted under the guidance of architect Adolfo Natalini, extensive and thoroughgoing research aimed at offering architects and designers a range of plain and decorative moldings in Impruneta cotto for urban furnishing and building adornment applications.

These special shapes are nowadays a cornerstone for designed elements which create an important visual language in architecture as well as in landscape architecture, giving valuable solutions by this modern elements created from the “Florentine red” high quality clay.

Thanks to the variety of items offered, the pedigree of the material and the quality of the design, this series of products are able to provide an indispensable and matchless tool for architectural projects and landscape architects, looking for particular shapes and unique design. The architectural elements are widely used indoors as internal coping elements and outdoors as external paving elements and external coping elements, giving special touch in architectural projects.

The technical properties of our own pits clay grantee high quality architectural shapes frost resistant, abrasion resistant, UV resistant and pH resistant which can last for centuries ahead.

Form & Sizes

  • ALBERTI * – 31.5x33x6.5 cm – Window sill –  Rough finish
  • CASTELLINA * – 25x33x10 cm – Handrail molding – Rough or Rustic finish
  • CASTELLINA * – 25x33x10 cm – Handrail end-piece – Rough or Rustic finish (rx or lx)
  • LAMOLE * – 10x33x16 cm – Handrail molding – Rough or Rustic finish
  • LAMOLE * – 10×16.5×16 cm – Handrail end-piece – Rough or Rustic finish
  • MONTERINALDI * – 25x33x12.5 cm – Handrail molding –  Rough or Rustic finish
  • MONTERINALDI * – 25×16.5×12.5 cm – Handrail end-piece – Rough or Rustic finish
  • PANZANO * – 12x33x20 cm – Handrail molding – Rough or Rustic finish
  • PANZANO * – 12×16.5×20 cm – Handrail end-piece –  Rough or Rustic finish
  • RADDA * – 12x33x12 cm – Handrail molding – Rough or Rustic finish
  • RADDA * – 12x33x12 cm Handrail end-piece – Rough or Rustic finish (rx or lx)
  • ROSSELLINO * – 20x33x7 cm – Cornice molding – Rough finish
  • SANGALLO * – 25.5x33x11 cm – Cornice molding – Rough finish
  • STRADA * – 25x33x7 cm – 25 Drainpipe – Rough finish
  • STRADA * – 30.5x33x7 cm- 30.5 Drainpipe asymmetrical – Rough finish
  • UZZANO * – 25x33x20 cm- Handrail – Rough or Rustic finish
  • UZZANO * – 25x33x20 cm- Handrail end-piece – Rough or Rustic finish

*Available only on order
rx
– right-side
lx
– left-side

Technical implementation drawings:

Jars & Pots

In the world of terracotta, “Lavor Tondo” is the other side of the coin to “square ware” (brick and its derivatives, which include the tiles in this catalogue). Its roots are anchored in the centuries-old tradition of terracotta, and in Man’s ability to fashion clay into vessels by hand.

The beauty and durability of Impruneta terracotta jars that have come down to us over the centuries provide tangible evidence – if indeed any were needed – of the unique nature and high quality of this very special clay. These noble terracotta pieces are still being made by Il Ferrone today, and offered in a range of essentially classic designs that will transform any
garden into a veritable open air museum.

Form & Sizes

  • CALICE A GRADINATA cm 50 – h. cm 30
  • CIOTOLA BACCELLATA cm 46 – h. cm 20
  • CIOTOLA LISCIA cm 50/55 – h. cm 30
  • COPPA A GRADINATA cm 50 – h. cm 35
  • FIORIERA RETTANGOLARE FESTONATA cm 43x24x20 / cm 62x24x23 / cm 65x31x23
  • FIORIERA OVALE FESTONATA cm 50x24x20
  • MASCHERONE CON VASCA cm 68 – h. cm 100
  • ORCIO cm 40 – h. cm 50 / cm 50 – h. cm 60 – cm 60 – h. cm 70 / cm 70 – h. cm 80
  • ORCIO CLASSICO cm 46 – h. cm 50 / cm 50 – h. cm 60 – cm 55 – h. cm 70 / cm 65 – h. cm 80
  • VASCA A GRADINATA cm 60 – h. cm 30
  • VASCA OVALE FESTONATA cm 70x45x45 / cm 90x55x50
  • VASO A GRADINATA cm 33 – h. cm 30
  • VASO FESTONATO  cm 40 – h. cm 35 / cm 50 – h. cm 40  – cm 60 – h. cm 42 / cm 70 – h. cm 50
  • VASO CON RAMARRI cm 65 – h. cm 105
  • VASO TOSCANO cm 55 – h. cm 95

Technical data

This are the values of Il Ferrone tiles obtained according to requested standards as by the following:

Il Ferrone values

EU norm values

Norm

Data

Corresponding

± 10% max

UNI EN 98

Length

Corresponding

± 1,5% max

UNI EN 98

Thickness

Corresponding

± 1,5% max

UNI EN 98

Rectangularity

Corresponding

± 10% max

UNI EN 98

Straightness of sides

Value 4,1

3<F≤6

ISO 10545-3

Water absorption

Value > 20N/mm²

> 10N/mm²

UNI EN 100

Modulus of rupture

Value 5 Mohs

min 5 unglazed tiles

UNI EN 101

Scratching hardness of surface (Mohs)

Value 535 mm³

removed volume mm³ 771 max

ISO 10545-6

Abrasion resistance

Resistant

unglazed tiles

ISO 10545-13

Resistance to Acid and Alkalis

Resistant

free of visible defects

ISO 10545-12

Frost resistance

Value µ>0,85

Value R13

µ>0,40

test on inclined plan

B.C.R.D leather     on dry surface

DIN 51130

Sliding resistance

Particular image details

Tile laying forms

Correct using of the various materials is important for the knowledge of professionals involved in any project from drawing designs to building at site.

The correct method of installation tiles of the various forms and sizes is important to raise the value of the tiling vision.  We offer to our friend professional partners some scheme suggestions of laying “Florentine red” cotto tiles.

Stairs construction

The wide range of trades & skirting let professionals involved in any project from drawing designs to building at site to use forms and sizes with different alternatives, each of them donating a different look.

 

Coping construction

The various coping elements described by forms and sizes give an opportunity to donate a perfect finish to walls at site building or for landscape architecture projects. The importance of the coping elements beyond giving a correct finish has also their technical reason protecting the top walls from water infiltration.

 

Tiles splitting procedure

The production line of tiles made of 12/14 mm thickness as well as 25 mm thickness dabble face tiles, which should be used after splitting procedure, to divide each tile made of 2 pieces. The splitting procedure is very simple and does not require any tools but piece of plan wood to hit the tile against it which will divide at once the pieces with no damage.0