More about marble
Marble is a natural stone - a high-quality, luxury raw material. Marble has many natural qualities that make it a highly desirable material for home decor, including a wide array of colors and patterns, veining, and textures, hardness, strength, durability, and it also its temperature - like all natural stone, the surface temperature of marble is always cooler than the air.
Marble and Stone Terminology
Acid-Washed Finish - A rustic looking surface created by acid-etching the polished stone to created a weathered, pitted look.
Brushed Finish - A matte finish created by smoothing the surface with abrasive plastic and/or metal brushes.
Flamed Finish - A rough surface texture created by passing a blowtorch over the surface, causing the surface crystals to explode.
Honed Finish - A very smooth, satin finish.
Polished Finish - A very shiny, highly polished finish.
Split-Faced Finish - A rough, chiseled texture. Most suitable for outdoor applications.
Backsplash - Tile (or other material) applied to the wall behind a sink or a counter, usually in a kitchen, creating a stylish, easy-to-clean surface.
Bull Nose Edge - A rounded stone or tile edge.
Calibrated Stone - Machine cut stones with uniform thickness.
Quarry - The place from which stone, marble, or slate is excavated from the ground.
Slab - A sheet of stone before it has been cut into tiles.
Slate - A fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. Slate may be cut by striking, to create smooth, flat sheets of stone, with a natural character. Slate is usually grey or blue in color, and may be used for flooring, backsplashes, or roofing.
Substrate - A layer of material on which the stone tiles are laid.
Thinset - An adhesive used in stone floor installations.
Tile - Stone that has been cut into pieces to be used for flooring, walls, or counters.
90 Degree Edge - A polished straight tile edge.