The opposite of cross-cutting, this is a technique in which the vein in the stone is shown in a linear pattern.
Cross-cut is a method of end-cutting blocks of travertine which in turn displays a less linear, more rounded "wavy" pattern.
Polished finishes are popular on countertops for a formal look and in commercial office applications. The finish features a mirror-like, high-gloss surface which is created by grinding, sanding, and buffing. When using a polished finish for a floor, there are a few considerations. It can...
A chiseled edge is normally found on aged marble, travertine, and limestone. By the use of a chain braker or special drill bit, the edge of the tile is given a highly distressed appearance, while the surface remains honed and smooth.
A honed finish is a favored choice for homes because it has a smooth, but not glossy, finish. This finish is ideal for low-maintenance and heavy-traffic applications. Honed differs from a polished finish because the last step of buffing is eliminated and the stone shows the subdued colors...