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5 classic stone finishes and textures

08.2020

In addition to our proprietary textures, at Salvatori we also provide more traditional finishes for our natural stone.

Traditional natural stone

Brushed

Sometimes referred to by the name Silk, brushing the stone creates a matt, slightly wavy effect with light dimples that are reminiscent of orange peel. A brushed finish is highly compact and surprisingly delicate to touch.

Sandblasted

Sandblasted stone takes on a lovely smooth aspect and, in some cases, can even feel velvety to the touch. Essentially, the process smooths away any roughness and in doing so, subdues the colour so that it becomes lighter and more delicate.

Split face

Irregular, rugged and uneven to the touch, this finish, which was invented by Salvatori in the 1950s, plays on the intrinsic propensity of a slab of stone to split in a certain direction so that the natural surface is exposed in all its glory.

Bush hammered

One of the oldest processes for working stone, bush hammering creates a rustic, sculpted look, with an uneven surface. Any imperfections or tonal variations are minimised or entirely eliminated.

Calibrating, Honing and Polishing

Each of these finishes is a different stage in the process of working stone from its natural state, by first eliminating any surface irregularities (calibration), then continuing until you reach the level of matt or shine you are looking for, from smooth to matt to polished.

There is no machine that can decide at which point a piece of stone reaches each of these finishes. Instead, this is where the human touch, experience and an eye for aesthetics come into play, elements Salvatori has been developing and nurturing for over seven decades.