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Published on giugno 5th, 2014 | by Raffaella Capritti



Made in Italy


Via Emilia Romagna, 31 - 41049 Sassuolo (MO) - ITALY

Phone +39 0536 814 911 - Fax + 39 0536 814 921 -

Production: Ceramic floorings and walls

Aesthetics and high quality

The history of Cotto d’Este

Cotto D’Este was established in 1993 in Sassuolo by Paolo Mussini, founder and currently Managing Director of the company, for the purpose of creating a new trademark in a new and unexplored segment of the ceramics sector extremely high quality porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles for the top level and luxury areas of the market.
The idea of Paolo Mussini, son of Giuliano, who established Ceramica Panaria in 1974, was to create a company capable of offering the dream wall and floor tile to fulfil the needs and taste of the most demanding customers thanks to the care paid to details, the finishes and the aesthetic and technical quality.
The philosophy of Cotto D’Este has always been aimed at combining aesthetics with an exceedingly high quality.
To this, one must add an innate vocation towards beauty, which has accompanied the company over the years.
To this end, the company has continuously evolved to finally gain a leading position in the field of top range floor and wall tiles.
Research and Development are still amongst the main factors of success.
These activities are focused on devising new production methods and innovative product lines, to fulfil the needs of a demanding clientele with a refined taste.
Cotto D’Este manufactures porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles with a superior quality, which have all the beauty of handcrafted products and of the most beautiful natural stones but with the reliability and quality of modern products, manufactured by means of the latest production techniques and with great concern for the environment.
Unique finishes and a wide range of sizes, including the extra large sizes of Kerlite, namely 3 x 1 metres x a thickness 3 mm, attest to the original production technique and offer the possibility of creating surprisingly new solutions.
The product range is suitable both for renovating old buildings and for new residential, commercial or public buildings.
Today Cotto d’Este is the top range, luxury trademark of Panariagroup industrie ceramiche spa, leading Italian manufacturer of wall and floor tiles, owned by the Mussini family.
Since 2004, Panaria is listed on the Star segment of the Italian Stock Exchange.
The group boasts over 9,000 customers all over the world, 1800 employees and 6 production facilities.



  • improving oneself constantly
  • satisfying customers
  • quality in every detail
  • perfect products
  • granting an accurate service
  • being very demanding
  • solving problems in good time


  • thinking positively
  • demanding results
  • believing in what one does and transmitting one’s
  • satisfaction to others
  • taking joy from one’s work
  • working with passion


  • breaking new grounds
  • adopting cutting-edge technology
  • promoting research on products and services
  • finding new
  • commercial solutions creating new patents


  • treating others as one would like to be treated
  • recognising and appreciating the results obtained
  • learning how to listen
  • being honest and sincere
  • maintaining one’s commitments


  • attending training and updating courses
  • sharing one’s information and decisions
  • arousing curiosity
  • putting one’s experience at the disposal of others


  • act as if the company is your own
  • take charge of problems
  • refrain from inventing excuses
  • make suggestions even if they do not fall within your duties
  • consider yourself as a cause of any results


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Product Certification


UNI Certiquality Mark: this is the Italian Quality Mark certifying that products comply with European Standards EN 14411 on porcelain stoneware.
Certified products are listed in the technical data sheet that can be found in the general catalogue.
It is also used to certify products exported abroad to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, etc.

NF UPEC Mark: this is the French Quality Mark.
Certified products are listed in the technical data sheet that can be found in the general catalogue with the respective classifications by intended use. Technical characteristics are grouped into 4 classes, identified by the initials of UPEC. Beside each class, there is a number.
The higher the number the better the characteristics of the product:
U – Wear from pedestrian traffic (2, 2s, 3, 3s, 4)
P – Mechanical resistance to static or dynamic loads (2, 3, 4, 4+, 4s)
E – Reaction to water (0, 1, 2, 3)
C – Resistance to aggressive chemicals or staining agents (0, 1, 2, 3)


CE Mark: this is the safety certification of the product. A European Directive ratifies that building materials must possess certain safety requirements.
On December 1, 2005, this mark has become mandatory for tiles.
These requirements include resistance to fire, to bending, to abrupt temperature changes, to slipping, to adhesion, to friction and yield of harmful substances.


ECOLABEL Mark: this is an environmental certification that Cotto d’Este is currently obtaining.
This mark takes account of the environmental performance of the single product, of the lifecycle of the raw materials, and even the demolition of the factory buildings, within the ambit of an environmental-friendly policy.

Tags: CERAMIC FLOORING, Ceramic floorings, Ceramic wall, Ceramic walls, ceramics sector, cotto d'este, Porcelain stoneware, porcelain stoneware floor, porcelain stoneware wall tiles

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