is a type of limestone with a honeycomb structure and a lot of surfaceindentations. These dents can be filled with resin for a smooth surface or left unfilled for atextured surface. Colours range from pale creams to dark reddish browns.
is formed when seashells settle in sediment, which over time hardens tosedimentary rock so fossilised shells are a typical feature. Colours range from cream togolden brown.
is an igneous rock so is a very hard stone making it extremely durable; it comes inan enormous range of rich colours and is commonly used in the home for kitchen worktopsas well as flooring.
is familiar to all of us from the ancient classical buildings of Rome and Greece andthe many famous Italian sculptures. It comes in a variety of different colours typically withcontrasting veining but the darker marbles are not suitable for wet areas because of theirporosity.
is composed of clay, quartz and shale and has a rustic appearance due to its naturallayered look. Because it is water-resistant it is frequently used for floor tiles but is also usedfor roof tiles and patio tiles.
Natural Stone FinishesPolished
for a glossy shine which may need regular maintenance to preserve the shine.
for a matt or satin finish which is more resistant to scratching and needs littlemaintenance.
antique look which reveals the crystal structure within the stone and ishighly scratch-resistant..
for a rough texture which is perfect where a non-slip surface is required
createdby using a
blowtorch on the stone until the surface crystals explode.
for a smooth but slightly pitted surface with uneven edges for a raw, natural finishtypically used for small tiles and decorative border tiles.
for a naturally worn look suitable for restoration work in old buildings
created bybrushing the tile surface wil metal brushes.
A Short History of Carrara Marble