I’ve heard it often said that some natural stones are out of style, and dated. Botticino, Rosso Verona, Giallo Reale, these are a few of the Italian marbles most used two, three decades ago here in the United States. The tumbled look was our way of recreating the antiquity we discovered in our travels around the world. So, is it dated? Who decides?
Natural stone has been a part of this planet Earth since it formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Stone has been used as building blocks, sculptures, and adornments since the beginning of civilization. Every civilization has used it in all these ways to express their culture, religion, and way of life.
Our civilization today, with its’ many cultures, are always looking for something new. Should we offer these stones in different sizes and different finishes not previously used, and allow people to rediscover them and want them all over again? We could incorporate them in newer contemporary mosaic designs. We are manipulating nature and creating a need. Therefore, these stones aren’t out of style, instead we’ve lost sight of their potential.