Calacatta Gold in Production

calacatta-productionCalacatta Gold 12×12″ Polished being produced the current price is $16.95 a Sq.Ft.

This lot is clearly not available on the date I am writing this post October 20th 2016 as it is in Italy. But within about 3-4 weeks it will be packed up and in Alpharetta.

It is a challenge getting this specific look. We look for larger bands of veining as opposed to the spidery veining that some blocks of Calacatta Gold can have. Both are appealing just this is a specific look we have decided upon.

In time we will likely stock more than one type of Calacatta Gold so we can cover both veining options. This will go along with the new warehouse facility opening in Spring 2016.

calacatta-12x12-being-madeAnother angle of the Calacatta Gold 12×12″ going through production. Here is a better look at the veining we aim for, wide bands of veining. This is more difficult to find compared to the spider veined Calacatta Gold. Boots on the ground in Italy help us ensure the quality, even if they are yellow ones ūüôā

Calacatta is a very, very tricky product to buy in field tiles. In Calacatta Gold Mosaics it is simple as it is a mix. But tiles are more complex. You can reduce the complexity by over ordering. A premium Calacatta Gold as we see here in production is $60 to $120 a Square Foot through traditional brick and mortar stores.

We are selling it for $16.95 a Square Foot. Given the almost ridiculous price difference I would advise significantly over ordering. Then you have choice. You can create the exact look you want. You may decide to order twice what you need, that would then cost you just under $40.00 a Square Foot. You save a huge amount of money and you have complete control over the product you can choose which tiles make your short list and which do not.

(Please note you cannot go through the tile and then return what you do not want. The objective of a return is for us to re-sell it to another customer. Just as you would not someone else’s rejects please do not make us sell your rejects. Treat people as you would expect to be treated. It is a simple sentence but as a country or even world we seem to have forgotten how important those words are).

*Prices are subject to change at the time of this post this was the price. Calacatta has more price fluctuation than regular Carrara sue to it’s limited availability.

Calacatta Gold is looking really Good!

calacatta-2x4Calacatta 2×4″ Honed just checked the price: $15.95 and Free Shipping (for 2016).

(Please note this picture is a snap shot of a lot from a moment in time. To see what the lot of 2×4″ looks like before it ships…. ask for a picture. Then you avoid any disappointment. Calacatta is a particularly difficult stone with large variations. Do not assume anything. Do not assume a picture taken months ago will be representative of what is shipped today (it maybe that it is exactly like this), but why assume when you have an option to ask for a picture of the current lot?)

This is perfect Calacatta Gold. Not too busy, really white base. You could buy this open a retail shop put it on a display board and charge $50.00 a Square Foot and it would sell.

So many people do not understand the mechanics of the current archaic boutique Stone and Tile distribution process. It has been operating the same way in the USA for over half a decade with the cost of the product rising well above the cost of inflation and yet availability has remained the same, technology of extraction and fabrication have improved.  Have any of these savings been passed onto the consumer? Even in the dire times of 2009? No. Never. Not once! You can see the mountains of Carrara and the Tuscany region from the International Space Station.

So the excuse I hear in emails from retailers saying “real Italian Marble is no longer available” is absolute rubbish! Just go to Google Earth and show them the huge white mountains region of Carrara.

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Carrara Mountains from Space.

195And moving in closer the quarries. So the next time a retailer tells you he cannot get Italian Marble anymore. That is not true. You can get premium ‘C’ grade. You just need to buy a awful lot of it in one go and have people on that side of the world. Which most retailers do not.

Or simply skip them and buy online but use our guide to buy safely. More info.

calacatta-1x1-hexagonHoneda 1″ Hexagon Mosaic Tile $17.95 a Square Foot (and Free Shipping). This product is also available in polished.

*Please excuse the product photography. We do not go to¬†extraordinary lengths to make the product look like something it is not. They are taken with an iPhone in a warehouse. In our opinion it keeps product images real. There is no playing around with lights, photoshop or camera trickery it is simply what you see is what will be shipping. In the case of this customer and order of 95/SF of this Calacatta Gold 1″ Hexagon shipping to LA. No shipping cost and no tax!

Calacatta Gold Hexagon Mosaic

Calacatta Hexagon

Incredible Lot of Calacatta Gold 2″ Hexagon Honed for $16.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping for 2016 (or until we run out).

We seem to have finally hit the sweet spot in the quarry where it is producing just the right amount of veining and a really, really white based product. This is incredible grade of Calacatta Gold very pleased I know many companies would see this and raise the price. We’ll keep the price the same and let our customers benefit from this product in the same way we are just as happy to receive it ourselves.

This is all part of our Calacatta Gold collection with trims included here.

Wide Basketweave Calacatta Arrives

Calacatta Gold arrives

Not a huge Quantity arrived. Getting Calacatta with the whitest base available is still a challenge. This however is pretty much perfect. Just a shame we could not have got more.

Available in Honed and Polished for $17.95 a Sheet and Free Shipping (thru summer 2016).

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This is the layout for the Wide Basketweave Above

Marble hexagon and Ceramic subway Mix

Calacatta 1x1 Hexagon¬†Use the Calacatta 1×1″ Hexagon honed or polished $17.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping (thru March 2016) and then a classic 3×6″ Ceramic on the wall which we have for $2.95SF and Free Shipping. I love the simplicity, you can really go with honed or polished on the floor, it is the grout that provides the traction (or friction coefficient if we want to use the real name) not the stone, big misconception. ¬†Go with what you want.

$16.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping until the end of 2015

Calacatta 2x2 Hex Honed Mosaic Tile

Looking Good. Italian’s finest Calacatta Gold cut into 2″ Hexagon pieces for $16.95SF and Free Shipping

Calacatta 1×3″ Herringbone Honed Mosaic Tile and Free Shipping!

Calacatta Honed 1x3 Mosaic Tile

Italians finest. Then cut up into 1×3″ strips and installed on a mesh in a Herringbone format. Calacatta Herringbone Honed Mosaic Tile for $18.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping for 2015.

As ever our pictures are taken as the pallets arrive from Italy. What you see is what you get. No photo studio just an iPhone and a picture. It is better this way. Transparency one of our key values.