Tile has been a staple in kitchens and baths for years, in everything from wall cladding to flooring to countertops and backsplashes, and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And with the surge in popularity of stone, nature's beauty in the form of stone tile is making appearances in just about any and every room in a home or business. In this issue we’ve put some extra emphasis on this surfacing material and have contacted a variety of tile suppliers and got the lowdown on what is new and interesting. While it would be impossible to come up with an exhaustive list, there should be something here that will spark the interest of any fabricator.
AVP, developed by Antolini Luigi & C., is a new technology which strengthens and maintains the beauty in slabs of exclusive and exotic materials. The Antolini Vacuum Process is a two-phase vacuum treatment, which treats the blocks with high-quality resins in the first phase, and repeats the process with the sawn slabs for the second phase. Highlighting the color and brightness, the process makes onyx, breccia, alabaster and many other materials available in large size slabs as well as tile. These stones are now available for any project with the AVP mark, and the result is more stones available for the market.
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Artistic Tile's Goldstone collection marries the intricate detail of fine jewelry with the ancient technique of acid-etching. Artisans use marble as the canvas to etch fine lines and minute images. Gold leaf is then applied to the details. The result would make even Midas jealous.
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Dorado Soapstone is an exclusive distributor and wholesaler of natural Brazilian soapstone, currently importing and stocking 10 Brazilian stones. Slabs and tile are available and slabs range from 48 by 26 in. to 120 by 77 in. and everything in between. Dorado utilizes the industry's best systems and technology to ensure the highest quality and consistency in its stone.
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The Granite Clinic offers natural and engineered stone repair services and a line of pH balanced cleaning products, safe for all types of stone, including tile. The Granite Clinic can reach a large number of homes and businesses in need of stone repair services such as: chip and crack repair, stain and scratch removal, floor refinishing, seam repair, sink caulking and more. The company also sells StoneTech Professional products nationwide from its Web site. The Granite Clinic also sells its own Venezian Spray Cleaner formulated specifically for Venezian Granite.
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The new product line from Hope International Enterprises Ltd. combines the beauty of both glass and stone and is a translucent, ethereal color. The product is carefully made and quality guaranteed. It comes in varieties of sizes and colors. It also eliminates light pollution and is a smooth surface. The mixture of glass and stone creates a sensation never felt before.
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Island Stone, creator of the mesh-backed Pebble tile, has introduced the King Pebble. The 16-in. interlock makes King Pebble one of Island Stone's flagship tiles. The design is based on the original Perfect Pebble tile, but uses a much larger and more random shaped pebble to create a rugged, natural look. The King Pebble has indoor/outdoor versatility and a large color palette to support numerous applications including entrance ways and atriums, large interior rooms and open-plan spaces, feature walls, courtyard and patio areas, pools and more.
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Jerusalem Stone Source Co. is located in Bethlem, Palestine and operates its own quarries and two production lines. The company produces slabs, tiles, exterior stones, mosaics and any special item that you might require. The newest colors to the American market, Autumn Dream and Desert View, both come from the northern mountain of Jerusalem. At specific gravity of 2.71 and water absorption of 193, this marble is well suited for many different uses.
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Nassar Stone is an international brand and an icon of Mediterranean authenticity and colorful heritage with three manufacturing facilities. The facilities include huge storages built to contain 100,000 M3 of raw blocks that can be cut into slabs or tile. Nassar Stone's 15 quarries produce and sell Jerusalem Stone & Omani Marble. Nassar Stone portrays Jerusalem's treasures, mysticism and holiness to the world in rich shades from five color sets: the Tranquil Bone, White, Beige and Cream Collection; the Lustrous Yellow to Gold Collection; the Passionate Rosy Collection; the Antique Gold Collection and the Subtle Grey collection. Omani stone's fierce beauty mirrors its landscape's untamed wildness and timelessness; it's the skin of Oman's revered face. The various color shades fall like the shadows of Oman's rich civilizations.