Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

Black and White Marble floor tiles

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

Choosing Black and White Marble Floor Tiles:


Black and white marble floor tiles have been popular for a hundred years and more. It is still a classic good look for Victorian and Edwardian houses. But with a little creativity, the style can work well in more modern houses and it doesn't have to be limited to a purely black and white colour palette.

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Topics: French limestone, spanish marble, belgian fossil, spanish limestone, nero marquina, carrara, black and white, chequerboard

After the fire - Sourcing limestone for historic buildings

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

Fire Damage in Historic Buildings.

Fire in historic houses has hit the headlines a number of times already this year. The most recent being a devastating fire at the National Trust's Clandon Park just this week. We are members of the National Trust and have visited Clandon many times so we are very sorry to hear the news. 

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Topics: our service, French limestone, tuffeau, listed building, rare marble, natural stone, repair stone, exotic marble, nero marquina, historic house, restoration, carrara, external stone, tuffa, repair limestone, specialist stone repairs, Caen stone

5 more myths about using marble and limestone in the home

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Following on from our earlier blog where we shed light on some of the myths about using natural stone, we address another 5 common misconceptions that we hear when we exhibit at the trade and design shows.

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Topics: choosing marble, tilebacker board, Italian marble, Fila, seal marble, choosing natural stone, carrara, roche de clermont, bathroom

Italian Marble - for floors, walls, bathrooms and sculptures

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Italian Marble - then and now

Italy is generally renowned as the world leader for stylish design and for the quality of its products. I think that some of the credit for this reputation can be attributed to Italian marble. It has long been considered that the Italians produce the world's finest marble.

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Topics: choosing marble, statuario, Italian marble, calacatta, carrara, quality marble

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds - how to avoid a slip-up

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds

One of the key requirements for the surface finish for a swimming pool surround is slip-resistance.

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Topics: choosing marble, swimming pool, French limestone, surface finishes, anti-slip surface, vallangis, carrara, external stone

Italian White Marble - perfect for prestige projects

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

White Italian marble for bespoke projects

When one of our clients asks us to create a bespoke piece for their project, the material of choice is very often Italian marble. This is perhaps because of its reputation as a luxury material, however, many people are not aware of the variety that the term ‘Italian marble’ encompasses. In fact, there is a myriad of different Italian marbles, each with its own distinct character and geological properties.

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Topics: calacatta borghini, marble flooring, Italian marble, calacatta, calacatta michelangelo, prestige marble, White marble, carrara, quality marble, carrera

Italian Marble - what makes it so good?

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 @ 06:52 PM

Italian Marble

What are the physical properties that make it right for your home?

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Topics: calacatta borghini, statuario, statuary marble, marble, marble flooring, Italian marble, calacatta, calacatta michelangelo, marble tiles, carrara, quality marble, carrera, statuario venato

Black and White Marble Floors - Create the look

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

Choosing "Chequerboard" Marble Tiles:

Black and white chequerboard flooring has been a popular look since Victorian times and there are many ways of recreating that look. The classic mix of Italian white Carrara marble and black Nero Marquinia marble (limestone, actually but it is often thought of as a marble) has always been popular but there are lots of other options. Read on for more details:

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Topics: marble flooring, belgian black, nero marquina, carrara, chequerboard

Restoring Natural Stone - French Limestone Altar

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

French Limestone Restoration Project

Recently we were presented with the interesting and challenging task of carrying out repairs and restoration to a stone altar in a private chapel in the grounds of a large country home in Hertfordshire. Our leading installation and restoration expert, John Montgomery, takes up the story:

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Topics: stone restoration, restore stone, restore limestone, mend cracks, French limestone, cleaning, bespoke limestone, repair stone, renovate limestone, carrara, repair limestone, specialist stone repairs