A brick for each style

Nelissen Bricks has been providing facing bricks of the highest quality for 4 generations. Under the motto "a brick for each style", Nelissen offers a wide range of bricks for every style: classic, modern, presbytery or contemporary houses. All of this in 75 different colours and 8 different sizes. The Nelissen bricks are suitable for both traditional masonry and modern techniques such as gluing or bricklaying with thin-bed mortar.

Hand-moulded facing bricks
Hand-moulded facing bricks have a unique shape and colour. Previously, hand-moulded bricks were really shaped by hand, but today they are manufactured with the most modern machinery. With the oldest method, the hand-moulding technique, a quantity of clay was thrown in a wooden mould, which was first sprinkled with sand. The top is stripped and covered with a steel drying plate. Then the mould is reversed and the unbaked brick falls out of the mould. The modern production process imitates the actions and methods of the former professionals. Hand-moulded facing bricks are not smooth and tight, but rather rough.

Moulded bricks
Moulded bricks differ by their smoother texture of hand-moulded bricks; the typical grain is missing here. They are sanded, just like the hand-moulded bricks, but their shape is more regular and they have a smooth surface. These bricks are ideally suited for modern projects and houses.

Just like the hand-moulded bricks, the moulded brick is formed in a mould. Contrary to the hand-moulded brick, by which clay is mechanically thrown into the mould, a moulded brick is formed by clay under a certain pressure that is pressed into a pre-sanded mould by a press block. This creates a brick with a smooth and sleek surface with angular sides which are sanded on five of the six sides.

Wasserstrich BRICKS
Wasserstrich bricks are sleek and have a scraped surface texture without a sanded coat. These bricks owe their name to a special technique used during the manufacturing. Instead of sand in the mould, a small jet of water (“Wasserstrich”) is sprayed into the trays in order to get the clay bricks out of the moulds.

This process makes the natural colour of the clay pretty visible and therefore the facing brick gets a soft, nuanced tone.
The Wasserstrich bricks alow a very modern and vibrant architecture with bright colour shades.

The Klinker Historika facing bricks, taken from 100-year-old facades, are carefully harvested and then reused as a fully certified product. Recovery bricks are always unique per site where they are harvested and therefore regularly differ in colour and size. As a result, colour and dimensional stability cannot be guaranteed.


To hammer bricks, the bricks are thrown into a cylinder. The edges rub against each other and thus, the corners are being rounded and slightly broken. The bricks get an irregular shape and thus a rustic character. They now look more like recuperation bricks, but yet they have all the physical properties of new bricks.

The facing bricks of the Koloro series have a cement coating. after processing and with a customised joint a coated facade is obtained.

If you want a brick with a dark shade of grey, then it is best to choose braised facing bricks. That way you give your home or building project an intense, warm and creative atmosphere.

When braising the bricks, previously baked bricks go into the oven again. The high temperatures cause a chemical reaction in which the present iron oxide fade from red to grey or from pink and yellow to lighter shades of grey.