- Category: FAQ
- Published: Saturday, December 05 2015 13:20
What is Travertine?
Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestonecaves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
What is Marble Quarry?
A marble quarry is nothing more than a mine for Marble stone. Most quarries are huge and look like open large pits. Each quarry presents a unique color, pattern, and composition of marble and a special challenge for the extraction of blocks.
How is Marble exported from Iran?
Most of the Marbles found in Iran are exported directly to other countries with ships from Bandar Abbas port in form of containers. There are many ocean freight services which transport this material across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean from Persian Gulf. Next they are distributed from the port to several different warehouses and wholesalers via freight forwarders.
Mostly Marble blocks are exported to neighbor countries by Truck especially to Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.
Which colors do Marble Tiles come in?
Some of the most popular patterns are Bianco (White), Black Marquina, Botticino, Calacatta, Crema Marfil, Emperador (Dark and Light) and Nero Marquina.
Each marble is a combinations of several colors are also possible. Colors variations and pattern name variations are quite common within the Marble industry i.e. Walnut, Coca cola, Chocolate.
What finish is applied to Marble Products?
Marble products usually have the following finishes: Leathered, Honed, Polished, Brushed, Split Face, Tumbled, Flamed, Sandblast, Bush Hammered, Facial Chiseling, Tooled and Acid Treated,
- Leathered: "Leathering" is the process of texturing granite or marble to appear less glossy. This process amplifies the natural characteristics of granite or marble, resulting in an exquisite surface. It is easy to clean and maintain, as well as, pleasing to the touch - a perfect balance between style and practicality. A leathered countertop is a fresh and innovative way of adding a subtle elegance to your decor.
- Honed: A semi-smooth Stone finish. Honed finish has a matte or satin finish for a softer, more subdued look, achieved by filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones stopping just short of the last stage of polishing.
- Polished: A shiny, mirror-like finish resulting from filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones.
Marble, Limestone & Granite slabs are polished by large polishing machines, which progressively grind the rough saw-cut surface giving it a spectacular mirror-like finish.
- Brushed: An antique stone finish produced by continuous scrubbing of the surface with soft ended wire brushes.
- Split Face: Split face surfaces are those which are left natural after manual splitting of Stone along planar surfaces. This finish shows the actual natural earthy tone of the Stone.
- Tumbled: Tumbling is vibrating the tiles with some special stones to give the surface a textured and antique look whereby the edges are rounded and imperfect.
- Flamed: Tumbling is vibrating the tiles with some special stones to give the surface a textured and antique look whereby the edges are rounded and imperfect.
- Sandblast: Tumbling is vibrating the tiles with some special stones to give the surface a textured and antique look whereby the edges are rounded and imperfect.
- Bush Hammered: A mechanical round hammering process that produces textured surfaces with regular contiguous hollows, 1 to 3 mm wide and deep, arranged in grid pattern varying from subtle to rough.
- Facial Chiseling: This surface is produced manually by using chisel and hammer and is used mainly in wall claddings and facades.
- Tooled: A Stone finish with parallel grooves cut into it. Available with 1-4 grooves to the inch (254mm), the finish may be executed by hand (hand-tooled) or machine (machine-tooled).
- Acid Treated: Stone surfaces are treated by acids to give them a spectacular antique look.
How thick is a Marble Tile?
A standard travertine tile is 2cm thick.
What Marble Floor Tile sizes are most popular?
The most popular sizes which are processed in our factories are: 30x30, 30x60, 40x40, 40x60, and 60 x 60 centimeters as well as slabs.
What is a Marble slab?
Marble slabs refer to large pieces of Marble which are i.e. custom cut with CNC machines to produce counter tops. Marble slabs are usually 2-5 cm (centimeters) thick. The width of a slab is up to 67", the length of a marble slab is up to 115". Marble slabs are usually exported by the bundle.
What are the most popular uses of Marble?
Most natural stones exhibit high level of heat resistance. Marbles and granites are proven to be the most heat resistant material available on earth. When marble is used for construction it ensures that there is uniformity of temperature level in your house. In summer houses built with marble are cooler than those built without it. Also in winter marble built houses exhibit warmer temperature level. Thus marble proves to be a natural air conditioner for your house.
Marble tiles can be used on walls, but they are more popular for indoor flooring, backsplashes, sinks, kitchen islands, and countertops. While they are mostly used as indoor tiles, marble has been used outside in moderate- to low-traffic areas shielded from rain and freezing cold weather.
Porcelain tiles are hard and are used for flooring as well as interior and exterior walls, as they can survive cold and moisture. Because some porcelain tiles can be quite brittle, they may typically require a professional to cut and install them.