Antique Stone- A stone that has been reclaimed from a property or an out building that is at least if not more than 100 years old. When reclaimed these are normally much thicker than newly quarried tiles and need to be cut thinner.
Antiqued / Distressed- A method of working the stone (normally with newly quarried material) so that it has the appearance of an antique tile. This either involves machining the stone tile and/or finishing it by hand.
Refined - A newly quarried stone tile than has been finely honed by lightly sanding it. The tile therefore has a flat and smooth surface. Sometimes this can involve an element of selection.
2nd Face Antique - The 2nd or middle layer of an antique reclaimed stone tile. The 2nd Face of the stone is worked to create either a honed or an antiqued/distressed look. The tile is therefore more than 100 years old but once cut its top surface needs working to create a finished aged looking tile.
Often seen in more traditional contemporary kitchens and properties that are crying out for a floor with real character. Especially good where a traditional flooring material is required but where it is important to follow a neutral tone throughout.
o Available in a range of sizes in antiqued distressed or antique which is often being darker due to the years of patina.
Grey Barr Limestone
The stone is a mixture of mid to dark grey tones with a surface that is a mixture of smooth & worn pieces.
o Available in a range of sizes in antiqued or antique tiles.
Bourgogne Clair Limestone
This understated limestone sits very well in any period property. It gives an instant rustic feel in whatever variant it is selected. The stone’s hardness means it can be used internally and externally, which is ideal for schemes that continue throughout a property.
o This antiqued limestone is available in a range of sizes.
Bulgarian white Limestone
An elegant understated limestone that is characteristically clean in colour with very faint black specs (iron deposits, a measure of the stones’ hardness). Ideal for formal entrance areas. It also lends itself to contemporary schemes when used in a large tile format and without cabochons.
Refined French Limestone
Quarried from beds that were laid down since the Jurassic period (90 million years ago) this material has been used throughout France since Roman times. Nowadays due to its neutral tones it is a favourite for interior designers and has been used in famous residences and buildings worldwide. The Musee D’Orsay, Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York are just two of its more prestigious recipients.
o Available in a range of sizes.
Blond Barr Limestone
Quarried since Roman times in north and western Provence, the stone was used to build the famous aqueduct known as the Pont du Gard. It's a worn golden beige colour with hints of light grey. The texture of the stone is open grained and relatively soft.
o This antique limestone is available in a range of sizes.
2nd face Bourgogne Limestone
Prized for its durability, the 2nd cut of the Antique Bourgogne Stone gives us the opportunity to create a keenly priced totally random floor to flatter rustic properties. The colour of the floor varies according to the antique materials that are sourced, typically this ranges from sandy beige to a light taupe grey. The surface is softly aged to reflect many years of domestic wear.
o Available in a range of sizes.