Our Earthworks Collection consists of wall and floor tiles and mosaics made from a number of very different natural stones. The thing to remember is that stone tiling does need a little more care and attention from installation and throughout its life but the time and effort you give is amply repaid.
Each type of stone has different characteristics – here are a few pointers to help you choose how to get the best out of our Earthworks tiles so you can enjoy them for years to come.
A form of limestone, it is usually pale in tones from off-white to bronze. There will be inherent pits and holes which are the result of its creation many years ago. These add to the character of this much prized stone, which is suitable for walls and floors and hearths. Available as unfilled and filled (where the holes are filled to create a smooth surface), polished, honed and tumbled. Sometimes voids and pinholes can appear on the surface after installation and use. We can’t guarantee against this happening, it’s all part of having a natural product in your home. The voids can be filled with grout or epoxy resin. Travertine will need sealing before installation and perhaps again once a year on floors, depending on where it is and how much traffic it endures.
Colours range from Vosges which is creamy and pale to Greyfriars which is dense black. Often there is variation and also distinctive markings which all add to the charm of Limestone. Most of our limestone tiles are durable to a high degree meaning they are suitable for a lot of wear and tear such as busy kitchens and hallways. Always check to make sure you choose a tile suitable for your location – durability, colour variation and suitability for wet areas such as bathrooms.
The tumbling process softens the edges and ages the surfaces, making them very tactile. It also softens the colour, depending on which one you choose. Available in different sizes, tumbled marble tiles can be used on walls and floors.
Highly prized since the time of the ancient Greeks, marble is still one of the favourite natural stones. White Viano is a stunner in both polished and honed, available in many sizes and formats such as large squares, bricks, bevel mosaics right down to skirting pieces for a beautiful seamless look if that’s what you are after. Look at the marble section for more colours and sizes.
Granite is a solid, strong stone and so perfect for tiles on walls and floors. The grey tones of Mohala and Cinder and the dense black of Doma work well in kitchens and bathrooms. The highly polished finish will reflect light, honed is soft and smooth to the touch and suitable for bathroom flooring as well as walls. Flamed is a textured and slightly roughened finish has low slip potential which makes it ideal for floors in interior porches, halls, boot rooms and kitchens.
Slate is usually dark in hue – we have four colours to choose from, the darkest being Black Flag. Variations in tone are characteristic, adding interest to this lovely natural stone which is usually used for flooring.
Terracotta is not an actual stone but made from quarried clay. Handmade in Spain, our terracotta is rustic, homely and loved by many. Available as squares, rectangles and hexagon shapes. The colours vary, and you can also add to its character and hue by treating it with the traditional method of linseed oil and beeswax (instructions are provided in the Fixing Guide).
Most of these tiles will need to be sealed before use – again, check before your project starts and make sure your tiler is familiar with the products you have chosen. As well as regular cleaning, some natural stone tiles will need further maintenance after installation to make sure they continue to look good over the years.
We always recommend that your Earthworks tiles are laid by an experienced, professionally qualified tiler who understands your brief and is used to working with natural stone tiles. If you need help finding someone, your local retailer is likely to have a list of recommended tilers in your area. We also recommend that they check our Fixing Guide before starting your project. You are advised to order up to 10 per cent extra to allow for cutting and wastage, and don’t forget the other materials needed such as sealers, adhesive, grout and sealants.