Natural stone tiling has become something of a phenomenon in interior design, with home owners and designers all over the world falling in love with their natural beauty. Although, behind their beauty, natural stones such as limestone tiling hold amazing history that can date back as far as 500 million years ago.
Stunning natural stone is formed in the most beautiful way, by being constantly shifted by continents, seas, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Some of the most stunning natural stones take hundreds of millions of years to develop such beauty from natural disasters and they can even contain fossilised remains of shells, animals, sea life and plants.
There are three types of rock that are the base to all natural stone – sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. These three types of rock each have distant characteristics that make each rock completely unique in beauty and shape. Due to their distinct characteristics these natural stones make the perfect recycled material that look stunning no matter which setting they are placed in – especially as floor tiling.
Limestone tiling and travertine are two of most impressive types of stone that are formed out of sedimentary rock. This type of rock is produced when some of the earth’s natural material is washed or blown around and settles under high pressure across a long period of time. Sedimentary rocks make stunning natural stone that are found in river beds and sea beds all of the world. Once extracted, these natural stones such as limestone and travertine can polish up into amazingly strong slabs of stone that are great for home floor tiling. For example, limestone tiling is widely used in houses and buildings all over the world, traditionally in bathrooms as floor tiling.
Most commonly seen with limestone tiling, the stone can be seen in a variety of different finishes and colours which comes from the formation of minerals and impurities within the tile.
Igneous rock is formed as a result of magma from a volcanic eruption. This molten rock lies beneath the earth’s surface and when it is cooled and solidified, it forms into some of the world’s most beautiful natural stone. Often in its growth process, igneous rock traps complex and precious minerals within its structure which forms stunning crystals within its body which is prominent in natural stone such as granite. Granite is one of the most popular examples of igneous rock. It’s extremely hard exterior and unique surfaces makes this natural stone perfect for use as floor tiling and countertops.
Metamorphic rock is formed when a collaboration of igneous and sedimentary rock is put under intense pressure and heat below the earth’s crust. Slate is one of the most common forms of natural stone created from metamorphic rock, however is formed nearer the surface at a lower grade. The deeper the rock beneath the earth’s surface, the higher the grade of the rock meaning the greater chance of a unique and stunning colour and effect of natural stone.
Marble is a very expensive natural stone that is made from metamorphic rock at a high grade which you may have noticed from its many striking features. Due to being formed at such a high grade, marble makes for the most stunning floor tiling that is extremely durable and damage resistant.