Antico: the tiles are first hand honed and flamed and then brushed.
Brossato: the original surface (diamond cut, hand honed...) is made smoother with the aid of brushes under high pressure By doing so the colours are brought out. The surface has a slightly rough look, depending on the original finish of the surface of the stone.
Diamond cut: condition of the surface after sawing the raw stone into slabs. The type of saw that is used, determines whether parallel ridges or circular strokes can be seen on the surface.
Dark blue honed: dark blue honed is applied to remove the saw marks (diamond cut - see above) by honing the surface with an abrasive and water. The surface can be smooth (without saw markings) or still containing some fine visible saw marks.
Bush hammered: by manufacturing the stone surface with a bushhammer, the surface gets little wells. This operation gives the stone a rough and non-slip surface.
Polished: surface that is grounded with a very fine abrasive to achieve a mirror-like shine.
Hand honing is applied to remove the saw marks (diamond cut - see above) by honing the surface with sand and water. The surface can be smooth (without saw markings) or still containing some fine visible saw marks.
Flamed: flaming gives the stone surface a varied natural fractured texture. The natural stone slabs are brought into contact with flames and immediately cooled with water. The temperature shock causes the eruption of the grains on the surface. The final roughness depends on the type of stone.
Heritage: the surface is half hand-honed so that there is still unevenness and then it is brushed to give an aged affect.
Natural Cleft: layered rocks (slate, sandstone) have a naturally rough surface. The (cleaved) surface has a natural variation, so these rocks will rarely be manipulated afterwards. The appearance of the cleaved surface depends on the type of rock.
Chiselled: this rough finish provides the surface with a lined effect. The grooves are drawn parallel or slightly oblique to the edges of the tiles. This operation gives the stone a rough and non-slip surface.
Sablino: the surface is blasted with fine grains under high pressure and afterwards lightly brushed. This creates a rough and fine-grained look.
Satino: the tiles are first hand honed and flamed and then brushed. Satino is a slightly rough finish which is non-slip but nice to walk on barefoot. The maintenance of the surface is easy and also less susceptible to scratching.
Shotblasted: the surface is blasted with fine metal fragments under high pressure and afterwards lightly brushed. This creates a rough look.
Honed: the surface is ground to a smooth, matt shine.