In the traditional Japanese art form of Kintsugi, ceramics take on a greater beauty through repair. When a broken bowl or plate is mended, bonding lacquer is mixed with powdered gold, emphasizing the joinery to create an elegant new aesthetic. It’s a philosophy that increasingly inspires contemporary design, and Ciot‘s standout grout selection is a case in point, bringing welcome depth, texture and variety to the best in contemporary tile and stone.
While grout is often an afterthought, treating it as a key design element can enhance both the tile and the surrounding décor — whether through soothing accents or bold contrasts and vivid colours. Combining technical excellence with refined style, Ciot’s emphasis on grout subtly reshapes the possibilities of tile.
To create a quiet complement to any surface, Ciot’s selection of blended grout colours offers an exceptionally clean look, with a sophisticated, minimal ambiance that makes for an airy and coherent space. Developed by Mapei, understated hues like Avalanche, Walnut and Biscuit — which gracefully match the soothing earth tones popular in contemporary ceramics — add a sophisticated finishing touch.
For a greater flair, contrast colour groups lend the surface greater depth and dimension. Smaller and more intricately patterned slabs (like herringbones and mosaics) are particularly well served by a bolder grout, creating an artfully varied presence. Paired with more streamlined formats, meanwhile, a contrasting grout in crisp Mapei hues like White, Black and Rain can create a simple counterpoint that brings out the personality of the tile.
While matching and contrasting tones are a compelling starting point for aesthetic exploration, the opportunities abound. Coloured grouts can create a new visual interplay, accentuating the depth and dimension of any surface — from subtle colour-blocked gradations to two-tone visual centrepieces. What’s more, Mapei and Ciot have developed three exclusive grouts (Salvio, Lavanda and Basilico) in blue and green tones to offer a distinctly on-trend presence.
The result is a wealth of possibilities — and a meaningful aesthetic evolution. While the last decade has seen an emphasis on increasingly large, seamlessly book-matched floor-to-ceiling tile formats, Ciot’s grout offerings celebrate the tactile and textured qualities of ceramics and stone. From an artfully repaired bowl to a standout contemporary surface, the little spaces in between can make all the difference.
This article was published by Azure on behalf of Ciot.
While grout is easily overlooked, Ciot is celebrating innovations in tone and texture to create myriad new aesthetic possibilities.