Travertine Classic from Turkey – Cross Cut Finishings

On this video, we are going to introduce you to a great type of natural stone from Turkey: the Travertine Classic, with a cross-cut structure. We are going to talk about this wonderful travertine and more specifically about its main surface finishings. 

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How to choose Jura Grey limestone

Originally from Germany, the Jura Grey is a fantastic grey limestone that is quite hard and suitable for any type of application both interior and exterior. This limestone has seen an incredible growth in the past years, become one of the reference grey limestones in the market. It is well-known by architects and contractors that appreciate its structure and colour, but specially its technical strength.

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Moleanos limestone variations

The Moleanos limestone is a natural stone mostly known for its endurance and versatility, which can be used in almost all types of projects. This is one of the most popular and on-demand beige limestones from Portugal. Learn more about the main variations below.

With a uniform background, a considerable hardness and a persistent beige colour, the Moleanos limestone has been one of the top beige limestone choices for architects and decorators from all over the world. This increased preference lies on the core characteristics of the Moleanos, which makes it suitable for almost anything, with no real restrictions. The subtle yet consistent beige colour matches about any environment or even other natural stones; its hardness allows the limestone to endure almost all climate and special conditions and the fine uniform background suits a huge range of decoration and furniture types. On the other hand, this limestone has several different variations with their own special elements and recommended applications.

Moleanos Classic

The Moleanos Classic is the most common type of Moleanos at a global scale. It presents a singular appearance composed by a very consistent and uniform beige colour, medium grain and strong signs of shells and fossils. The Classic structure is substantially harder and more durable – superior to the Moleanos Fine for example. Furthermore, this is a very versatile and on-demand variation, as it is recommended for a huge variety of applications. However, it is particularly popular for cladding and all types of flooring.


Moleanos Fine

As the name suggests, this is the highest quality version of the Moleanos limestone. It presents a very fine grain with an extremely uniform background and a consistent light beige colour. There are occasional shell and fossil elements across the surface, but they are quite subtle and not always visible at a medium-long distance. Despite presenting a considerable endurance, the Moleanos Fine is the least hard and durable of all the variations presented here. In terms of applications, this limestone is frequently used on exterior cladding and interior flooring.


Moleanos Blue

Direct variation of the Moleanos Classic sharing most of its properties, including a considerable hardness, medium grain, high versatility and fairly strong elements, like fossils and colour variation spots. The main difference in the Moleanos Blue is the base colour, which is blueish with grey tonalities. This is a very popular type of Moleanos but the offer doesn’t always meet the demand, due to the current limited availability. The Moleanos Blue is recommended for almost everything but it excels the most at interior flooring projects.


Moleanos Vidraco

With an extraordinary hardness, the Moleanos Vidraco presents the most durability of all the variations presented here. As so, it is highly recommended for all types of flooring applications, including paving and landscaping. In terms of structure, it presents a rather glassy surface with a fine background and a persistent beige colour. Besides these features, the Moleanos Vidraco also presents large inclusions, such as shells and hints of calcite – characteristic elements that compose the peculiar appearance of this variation.


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How to choose Negro Marquina marble

With an incredibly high popularity and demand worldwide, the Negro Marquina marble presents a substantial production and well-established markets. When it comes to choose this particular marble, you should be aware of its two main variations, the First Selection and the Commercial Selection. Moreover, the Negro Marquina is a reference and notorious black marble from Spain.

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Best surface finishings for stone cladding

There any today many types of surface finishings on natural stones used on exterior cladding, which gives different colour tones, structures and looks to exterior cladding. Due to the constant exposure to exterior elements, a proper surface finishing is relevant and may decide how well the cladding will “age”. We discuss here some of the most relevant surface finishings used today on exterior cladding applications. 


Chiseled surface

This type of finishing consists on doing several parallel cuts on the surface, then breaking the top of these cuts. The end result is a rough surface, with a parallel structure, but somehow organized. You will see the parallel lines of the cuts on a rough surface. This is a very popular choice for exterior cladding application, which can be combined with other smoother surfaces like honed for example.



Sawn-cut (or rough) surface

On this finishing what you see is essentially the stone in its natural form after the blocks are sawn. You do not do anything on the surface, basically leaving it as it is. In terms of colour, on the example below, we get a very plain colour with hardly any contrast. This type of surface ages quite well because there is little colour and contrast.



Honed surface

The honed is the most popular type of surface finishing to be used on exterior cladding applications. It presents a matt surface, with no shine and little contrast. The colour is pale but still showing the elements of the stone. On the case of this limestone that we present here (a Moleanos limestone), we can see well the elements and colour, but with reduced contrast. This type of finishing ages quite well, thus being very popular for cladding due to low maintenance.



Sandblasted surface

By sandblasting the surface of the stone, we take away most of its colour. The surface will become a bit rough but also very uniform and pale. This example shows a grey limestone, but we can hardly see well the colour. After few years, the surface will look very similar to this, which makes it also quite a popular choice for exterior cladding.



Bush-hammered surface

On this specific sample we show a beige limestone, where the bush-hammered surface makes the surface quite white. The surface is quite rough and with a more or less uniform look. This type of surface ages quite well and is a good choice for exterior cladding applications.



Split-face (or chiseled) surface

This type of surface is called split-face, but could be considered chiseled (with wider gaps). So again, we have the parallel structure but with a rough look. We can see very well the parallel cuts on the stone, with its fairly irregular rough structure. On this specific finishing the client can choose the width of the parallel cuts according to its specifications. This is another popular surface finishing for exterior cladding applications.



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Turkey white marble: Mugla White

The Mugla White is a wonderful and quite famous white marble from Turkey. It is extracted around the city of Mugla by many quarries and is today a reference white marble. There are many names for this marble such as Bianco Ibiza, Blanco Ibiza and more, but its original name is Mugla White. There are many variations of this stone and the key is to understand the different variations. We present you below.

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How to choose Dark Emperador marble from Spain

The Dark Emperador is a dark-brown natural stone that originally comes from Spain. However, there are several different types of Dark Emperador extracted in other countries, along with three main variations worldwide – the First Selection, the Standard Selection and the Commercial Selection. This is a well-established marble, with considerable reserves and a high demand.

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Most Popular Irish Blue limestone finishings

The Irish Blue Limestone has a very consolidate positioning in the global market, summing up centuries of traditional usage in Ireland and other Northern Europe countries. In the present days, this limestone has an incredibly high demand, mostly due to its versatility, which allows for a huge range of finishings. Below, we present the most requested ones. Read more

How to choose Crema Marfil marble from Spain

Originally from Spain, the Crema Marfil marble is a very popular and well-established natural stone. This is a highly demanded marble, with an incredible versatility and large reserves. There are three main main selections for the Crema Marfil: Standard Selection, Commercial Selection and Classic Selection. Each one of them present distinguished features and market traits.

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Split-face marble and travertine

On this article we introduce you to a beautiful type of stone: split-face stone. This is a fantastic way of re-using stone that would normally be rejected or simply with lower selection, turning it into a great looking and fairly uniform type of stone. The split-face is commonly used on exterior cladding, wall coverings or diverse decoration. We analyse on this article the process of doing split-face as well as the main materials used to do this product.

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Travertine Silver from Turkey

The Travertine Silver is a very specific type of Travertine from Turkey, presenting an unique colour for this type of natural stone: grey or silver. Despite not being a mainstream type of Travertine, the Travertine Silver has seen great demand in the past few years and is becoming a regular player in the market. 

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Portoro Antalya black marble from Turkey

The Portoro Antalya is a black marble from Turkey that has quite an exclusive and unique look. This has a messy and unpredictable structure that does not resemble any other stone, composed by darker and lighter coloured areas, some occasional to abundant white calcite and eventually some golden coloured veins. 

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How to choose Jura Beige limestone

The Jura Beige is a German limestone that has seen an incredible growth in demand in the past several years, going from a marginal limestone mostly used on the internal market to a reference beige limestone admired by international designers and architects. It is today a beige limestone that is used on a wide range of interior and exterior applications.

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Best Surface Finishings for Landscaping

There are numerous surface finishings that can be used on landscaping projects. Although, not all finishings are suitable for this type of application, there is still a wide range of options. The best surface finishings for landscape in 2017, include a set of complete finishings, with anti-slip capacities and a long-lasting endurance.

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Moca Cream limestone from Portugal

The Moca Cream is a high-profile beige limestone from Portugal and one of the most prestigious natural stones from this country. It is, in fact, known for being the ex-libris of the Portuguese limestones, with a very high demand and popularity. Also, in the present days the Moca Cream is a reference choice for professionals all over the world.

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How to Choose: Travertine Classic Vein-Cut vs. Cross-Cut

The Travertine Classic is possibly the most famous and on-demand travertine stone in the world. Despite this popularity, the Travertine Classic has two main variations, the vein-cut and the cross-cut. Both generate a complete different look, since the sawn techniques involved expose different parts of the stone.

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Travertine Tiles: Two Side Filling

The two side filling for travertine tiles is an innovative processing technique, which improves the durability and resistance of the material. This relatively new process brings a set of advantages for the project and the client, including an increased property value and a longer sustainability with very little maintenance.

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Most Popular Moleanos Blue Finishings

With an incredible demand, the Moleanos Blue is a trendy limestone from Portugal with a limited supply. This blue-grey limestone is quite durable and versatile. Therefore, the acceptance range is quite diverse in terms of possible finishings. Nevertheless, there are four particular types that have been dominating the international market.

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Travertine Noce from Turkey

The Travertine Noce is a quite popular natural stone from Turkey, with a considerable extraction level and a growing demand. In terms of market, the Travertine Noce holds a solid positioning, mainly due to its exclusive appearance, along with its large reserves and versatile structure. This is a brown stone with a distinctive personality.

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How to Choose Grey Limestones from Portugal

Despite not being very popular abroad, Portuguese grey limestones still present a high quality profile with remarkable attributes and competitive features. Moreover, there are quite a lot of types of grey limestones from Portugal but only a few are currently known in the international market, such as the Moleanos Blue and Moleanos B1.

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Travertine Classic from Turkey

With a remarkable reputation, the Travertine Classic is possibly one of the most popular travertines in the world. Besides a very consolidated market, the Travertine Classic also displays an incredible acceptance and on-demand values. This tremendous success lays on three main key-factors: availability, versatility and general appearance.

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Burdur Red Marble from Turkey

The Burdur Red is a red marble from Turkey that presents a unique and messy structure, composed by calcite elements. Despite being quite famous in Turkey, this marble is yet to conquer the international markets. The following analysis presents the most relevant and updated information regarding the Burdur Red marble.

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How to Choose: Jura Beige vs. Moleanos Classic

In the beige limestone market, the Jura Beige and the Moleanos Classic are two of the most important and on-demand stones worldwide. Both present a consistent beige colour, followed by a substantial hardness and an exceptional versatility. As so, the two of them can accept about any finishing and be used in a huge variety of applications.

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Most Popular Jura Grey Finishings

The Jura Grey is a reference limestone from Germany, with a large availability and a considerable demand. This grey limestone is mostly known for its hardness and grey colour consistency. Though, it can accept about any type of finishing, there are only a few Jura Grey finishings that are highly produced and demanded worldwide.

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How to Choose: Beige Limestones from Portugal

Beige limestones are some of the most popular and commonly used natural stones in the world. And Portugal is a rich source of supply in terms of diversity, quality and availability. Despite the considerable number of beige limestones from this market, only a few are internationally known, such as the Moca Cream and the Moleanos. 

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