Glossary of Finishes & Textures

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Our stones come in a range of finishes – these may be for aesthetic or practical effect. In a bathroom, for example, you may want a more textured finish for better slip resistance.  If you are restoring a heritage property, an ageing process such as distressed will help you to match existing materials.

Distressed – flat surface, fettered and cushioned edges, usually crafted by hand.

Etched – sand-blasted finish for texture.

Honed – leaves the surface smooth and flat.

Riven – naturally split stone.

Satino – textured surface, edges usually square.

Seasoned – is a combination of tumbled and satino with rounded edges and a textured, non-slip surface.

Tumbled – soft, round edges, grained surface.

Velvet – the stone is sandblasted to give it a bleached, etched effect and then undergoes a satino process which gives it a tactile, velvety feel.

Vintaged – textured surface with fettered edges.

Weathered – hand fettered edges, open-gran surface.

Worn – a smoothing process to create the effect of antique, riven flagstones.