I have been seeing this stone for the past 4 years in many applications and in 2011 I am predicting its going to get a lot more attention. This stunning marble has a beautiful and contemporary look that allows you to play with the grain just as you would do with wood. I love seeing it in Herringbone applications or staggered on a wall. When you are laying out your tiles/slabs be sure to focus on how the grains are flowing. Book matched may be difficult but would give you a pristine linear look. I love to see the tiles more random, emphasizing the edge of each tile as it gives a wall or floor a lot of visual texture and pattern. I have seen this marble named a few different ways but I am pretty sure that the correct name is Marmara Marble. Some other pet names suppliers have given this Turkish marble are Calacatta Zebrino, Mink and Asher grey. You can find this Stone from most distributors and in Edmonton I get it from Julian Tile. Don’t just think of this stone for walls and floors though, it makes an excellent countertop, quarter turned mosaic tile, custom mosaic accent strips, threshold strips, table top, bar counter etc. I could even see this used fantastically for furniture, vases and carved sinks!
For whatever reason I had a hard time finding images of this stone. I am sure i have a few more in my database that I will stumble upon one day – and will add asap. Do you have any great install photos or reference images? I would love to see them and add them to my post. Dont be shy!
Do you think this stone will be a hit in 2011?
This one is super stunning it almost looks like horn rather than marble and the grain is fantastic!
Ann Sacks knows how to apply marble in various patterns to achieve a beautiful room in just one material. I love the combination of long slabs for the wall and thin tile herringbone for the floor.
This is a very classy example of mink marble without being overdone or too trendy.
The Six Senses Spa in Turkey has taken this stone to its full potential accentuating the lines and pattern you can create with this linear marble. They obviously had some great installers as well for such large wall slabs and book matched seams.
This is a great example of how someone who may be afraid of such a bold material choice can still enjoy the product without being overwhelmed by it. Seeing a marble in slab format can really accentuate the details in a bathroom or even make the space look larger.