In two of our previous posts (here and here), we talked about sizing and measuring for tile and also went over some of the basic terms used to describe natural stone tile. In this one, we want to help you understand and appreciate the natural irregularities and imperfections that are found in natural stone products.
color, texture, edges, corners, pits, striations and veining. There can be differences from one tile to another, even if you are buying the same type of stone from the very same batch. In the natural world, perfection is an illusion. The irregularities and variations found in a stone tile can be a big part of what makes it so beautiful.
texture” from one piece to another. There are lighter and darker areas
on all pieces, but the variations are spread throughout, in way that
gives a relatively uniform appearance.
piece of stone tile from the same batch when you are trying to determine which stone type that you like. Four to six tiles of the same stone will give you a good idea
of how much variation you might find in that particular type of stone. But don’t get carried away with this. If you find yourself asking the tile person to bring out the crate of stone so you can pick through it, piece by piece; or if you want them to promise you that all of the tile that you receive in your order will look exactly like your four sample pieces….time to slowly back away from the boxes of natural stone and shuffle on over the oasis that is the ceramic tile aisle.
Balance is the key