Carrara Venato Bathroom

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Carrara Venato Hexagon Floor Tile

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The Venato Hexagon Honed used in the shower with 3×6″ to border and 6×12″ Honed on the walls.

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The Venato Hexagon is a spectacular tile and such an incredibly white based marble.

(this is a cut & paste from a customers email below)

Hopefully these pictures are good enough quality to use.  We are absolutely thrilled with the end result!

 Here’s the scoop on this bathroom.

This was a $35k upscale custom bath designed solely by us.  It is a timeless design thanks, in great part, to the marble.

We laid out all the tile for the shower walls and floor border.  (See pics below) Our tile guy loved that we did that.  (I *may* be a little bit of a control freak.)

Fixtures are all Kohler, floor is heated, towel bar is heated….it’s Massachusetts, after all!

The Venato Carrara tiles blended *stunningly* with the “Calcata Luccicoso” counters and tub surround.  Pictures don’t do it justice:)

We read every instruction and tip you gave on your web site and followed them all to the letter.  ***Things couldn’t have gone any more smoothly!***

We hired a tile guy that was *well versed* in marble installs.  He was floored (pardon the pun) by the quality of the marble tiles.  He is no longer skeptical and has referred clients to your site!  I can’t emphasize enough how his exemplary skill impacted the outcome of this job!

Silver Cream Diamond Palisade Arrives!

palisade-warehouse$12.95 a Square Foot available in Honed and Polished.

I love new product arrivals. It is one thing planning it. Another thing the moment you open the crate and see it. Here is that moment as the crate is opened captured with all the skill of my iPhone photography. It has the Silver Cream or White Oak as the Diamond, then Athens Gray as the strips and a Thassos white dot. Looks great!

We were actually asked by a large retailer who was paying $24.95 a Square Foot if this was a product we could import as they sell so much of it. Given the price disparity the retailer was paying it made sense for him to get it for half the cost and in return charge his customers half the cost. Everyone wins…… except for the distributor trying to sell it for $24.95 a Square Foot. But the Distributor is buying from another Distributor and everyone is adding 100% margin, it is an antiquated distribution system that is completely broken part of the problem with the tile and stone industry.

*Note prices are correct at the time of the post and may change over time.

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Specification Drawing for the new product.

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 🙂

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.

Carrara Marble Mosaic and Tiles

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$7.00 a Sq.Ft. 3×6″ and $10.95 a Sq.Ft. Black Dot (Nero Marquina) Basketweave Mosaic (this sample board is all honed but also available in Polished).

This sample board we have for our new warehouse is over 10FT tall. It shows as many of the combinations of Venato Carrara from 3×6″ to Arabesque to trims to field tiles as we could. The idea is to show that this collection can be mixed.

You can switch and mix it up from 6×12″ add a pencil and then put in 3×6″ with a mosaic border.

Arabesque Vento Gray Beveled Mosaic Arrives!

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Beveled Vento Gray Arabesque arrives and is everything we hoped for…. a subtle Gray. Online for $11.95 a Square Foot the only mesh mounted Beveled Gray Arabesque of this size in the USA. The only other option is loose pieces. We have this in loose pieces as well.

This is designed to speed up installation and lower install costs. Thinking about the consumer not just by a low product cost but the install cost as well.

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This image attempts to show the color of the Gray by being placed next to the Beveled Whisper White Arabesque. We all know white is well….. White 🙂

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This ships for Free! $11.95 a Square Foot (prices valid thru 2016).

Another Magazine with our product on the front cover!

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Yes that is our Bianco Carrara 3×6″ Honed for $7.50 a Square Foot you see on the front cover of this Magazine.

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Carrara Subway options. There are two images as one is Honed the other Polished.

*Note the only Google Trusted Store in the Industry that sells in matching collections.

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If you are tackling more than just a Backsplash consider that we have the largest choice of Nero Marquina in the USA. So you can add in borders and designs. Just a simple 1×4″ or 1×1″ accent can make a huge difference. Especially with Black Marble as it gives the color a reference point, black is black.

Hexagon Bardiglio

This customer accented the Bardiglio edged Hexagon with a 1×12″ strip. Then added 3×8″ Carrara Tile as a border around the edge. It is an incredible work of art. They saved thousands buying online. The Bardiglio Stripped Carrara Hexagon mosaic is just $12.95 a Square Foot. Retailers are selling this relative market new comer for $50.00 a Square Foot or more.

Honed Hexagon Bardiglio Strip

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!