Terracotta has the literal translation of 'baked earth' from Italian. It is clay which 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 it's 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 age, 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 earths surface, Basalt is an incredibly hard, dark and fine-grained stone. It's stunning beauty is normally drawn from it's 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 it's 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 as 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 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 perfect accent to a bathroom, splash-back for a kitchen, or even as a flooring tile.