INDIAN SLATE - AN ART FORM WITH AN ART
Indian slate is having a big impact on designers, as well as design. These extraordinarily beautiful slates are a riot of colours with tastefully stated degrees of primary colours and the typically softened slate texture. If you would like to give some colours to your flooring, the Indian slates are a good option as they have a lot of soft pink, purple & mauve colours. Indian slate flooring includes an extremely versatile, as well as stunning, range of types of stone.
Indian slate for beginners
When looking at any type of Indian slate, you could be forgiven for taking a little while to appreciate the sheer range of design elements any type of Indian slate brings with it. These incredible stones have the subtlety of a watercolour painting, and they bring with them their own unique colour schemes.
This is where the “art effect” of the slates becomes visible. The Indian slates have enormous variety and depth. Every part of a single tile contains several features. As you look, you’ll see lines, details, variations in light response, textures, and other features which look like they’ve come out of an art appreciation textbook.
These are the colours and forms that professional designers are raving about. Indian slate tiles have limitless design possibilities, and can work with quite literally any design scenario. They provide an exceptional, high quality setting wherever they’re used.
The effect of a large area of Indian slate tiles can be truly stunning. Each tile can look like a picture in an art gallery, and looking at several of them at once can be an extraordinary experience, like looking at a solid wall of pictures adjacent to each other.
Types of Indian Slate
There are various “species” of Indian slate. These two types below indicate the extraordinary range of options available on the market:
- Indian Pink Autumn: This is a type of slate which tends toward the red end of the spectrum, sometimes with fiery oranges or a deep rich brown. The tiles, however they’re laid, turn into a series of visual impacts. This is one of the most popular flooring tiles on the market, and with good reason.
- Indian Behali: At the other end of the spectrum, the bluish Behali is a cool looking stone, still containing reds and browns, but in more restrained shades. Behali is subtle in some ways, but produces quite beautiful effects and interior contrasts in individual tiles with different colours and shapes.
- Indian Rajah: In the middle of the other two types is Indian Rajah, with both cool blues and sudden red/orange elements. Indian Rajah also includes a range of purplish shades, and the detailed colouring of the tiles can be very complex.
The designer’s dream
Indian slate can make any environment look like a palace. The best stone is naturally split, and extremely durable. Slate is one of the truly tough building stones, often outlasting several houses. Some stones require sealing because of porosity, but the sealing simply brings up their colours. Most slate flooring is sealed to reduce minute dust particles that emenate from the slate with wear; sealing stabilises the surface and makes cleaning easier. Topical sealers enhance colour but penetrating sealers leave the colour unchanged. The choice of sealer type depends on how much colour is needed. The slate and the choice of sealer make it a very versatile combination to achieve the desired outcome. You don’t get this effect as much with other stone types.
Slate can also be used for tiling and cladding, and some designers will literally cover a new home in these fabulous stone artworks. The result is unmitigated elegance, able to blend with and enhance any type of décor, from traditional to the ultra modern. Indian slate provides a truly seamless design palette, infinitely flexible and extremely adaptable to any area.
If you’re shopping for stone, don’t forge the Indian slate. It’s an art show in itself.