Terracotta has the literal translation, from the Italian, of 'baked earth'. It is clay that is heated in a kiln to an incredibly high temperature which dries and hardens it into the pinky-orange stone which we all know.
It's a surprisingly hard material, given its origin, which is far more commonly set in shape than cut. It's most commonly seen on the floors of period properties from the Victorian and Edwardian ages but has been popular in some form or another for centuries.
These days the most interesting Terracotta products are 'reclaimed', giving them the natural character and charm of a well-weathered stone.
An extrusive igneous formation of basaltic lava, rapidly cooled once it reaches the earth's surface, Basalt is an incredibly hard, dark, and fine-grained stone. Its stunning beauty is normally drawn from its utter uniformity and crystalline detail.
Basalt is a very dark bluey black and is so hard that it is almost always presented with a honed finish. It can be either left in its smooth, but dull form, or can be polished to give an exceptional sheen,
A very hard-wearing stone, you can lay this with the confidence that it will not chip or crack and will remain as impressive looking like the first day it was fitted.
Mosaics have been a fantastically impressive and intricately beautiful way to tile for thousands of years. One thing that has changed about mosaics in that time, however, is how easy it is to achieve such a look.
The mosaics of the ancient world were hand-laid by true artisans over the course of several years, in many places, and were often all one material, coloured to suit. By comparison, our mosaics are prefixed to sheets and draw from many different materials to create a dazzling variety of effects.
These spectacular mosaics make the perfect accent to a bathroom, splash-back for a kitchen, or even as a flooring tile.