Elegant, plain, almost minimalist, or variegated and irregular, with an unruly temperament: the naturally neutral colour shades of the background of stone effect stoneware are criss-crossed with expressive veining and spotted, streaked or subtly shaded textures, granular intrusions and clumped minerals. The meticulous research Italgraniti has always conducted into the finest natural stones has now produced a wide, beautiful range of stone effect wall tiles and floor coverings: a catalogue of genuinely natural, stylish, seductive looks.
Stone has been used in architecture since very ancient times. This may be why, regardless of the type of mineral (slate, quartzite, basalt, limestone ...), stone looks very natural to us, and the impressions it generates are fully attuned to what we expect from the rooms where we live and work every day. Evoking strength, timeless durability and naturalness, Italgraniti stone effect porcelain stoneware incarnates aesthetic and technical values at the service of contemporary architecture: it is suitable for the interiors and exteriors of residential and commercial buildings, as well as for more technical applications. Thanks to its large thin slab versions, stone effect stoneware can also be used to clad worktops and other furnishing surfaces.
The meticulous study of the inspiration stones is reflected in ceramic textures rich in personality and hyper-realistic details, with a beauty derived from the unpredictable creativity of nature, from colours designed to blend into the most different contexts and styles, and from the variety of sizes, surface finishes and decors. What’s more, an Italgraniti stone effect covering does not merely provide a surprisingly realistic reproduction of one of the most sought-after natural stones most widely used in architecture throughout history: it also delivers the strength, versatility and convenience of an unbeatable material.
Stone effect porcelain stoneware for outdoor use.
First and foremost, the stone look has had one main vocation since ancient times: the decoration of outdoor spaces, especially where water is present. A stone effect stoneware embodies the wish to return to the simplicity and beauty of natural colours and materials, and is a stylistic feature that fosters a more harmonious relationship with nature.
However, as well as durable beauty, the pavings of terraces, verandas, patios, garden paths, swimming-pools and other outdoor applications must provide precise technical performances. Outdoor porcelain stoneware meets crucial requirements in terms of resistance to water and slipping, loads, thermal shock and weather. This is possible thanks to specific surface finishes with a high slip resistance coefficient and a thickness of 20 mm, produced especially for outdoor use. What’s more, natural stone requires regular treatments, while stone effect porcelain stoneware does not: it is convenient and greatly simplifies cleaning procedures, even in the outdoor version.
Last but not least, it is important to consider the eco-sustainability of a material often used in contexts surrounded by nature: Italgraniti stone effect porcelain stoneware tiles are produced using natural raw materials, in plants equipped with technologies with low environmental impact.