NERO & BIANCO MARBLE
Flooring & Wall tiles
These two European marbles are of extraordinary quality and have a beautiful resonant ring to them when they are tapped. The tumbling enriches and softens the marble so that the combination with Nero achieves the equanimity desired by combining two beautiful marbles. Alternatively, you may use them independently. They may be used on floors or walls as well as splash-backs.
The Nero marble is essentially black in colour with meandering white veins that pervade the surface from time to time. The tumbling takes hours but the small rounded river stones used, soften the harshness of the brooding black nuances of the underlying marble.
Nero tiles tumbled - 300x300x10mm
The Bianco marble was selected because it is off-white in colour with creamy and the occasional gold intrusions of colour that soften the hard, flinty surface of traditional light marbles. If you hold pieces of this marble to the light, they are translucent and show beautiful depth and character.
Bianco tiles tumbled - 305x305x10mm
THE MARBLE CHECKERBOARD
We were keen to rediscover the checkerboard look of floors in the 1950s but not with conventional honed or polished surface finishes. Instead we asked the factory to experiment with a tumbled finish to achieve a soft, more rustic, country style surface to fit in with the modern trend of using everything old as elements of overall design. The choice of the 300x300mm format is part of the strategy. This image shows Nero & Blue Moon marble pieces used in combination to capture the soft black, grey & white tones that are so popular at the moment.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Sealing & Adhesive
Bianco marble is off-white and opaque. If you use an adhesive other than one that is white in colour, the marble will darken slightly once it is laid. Don't be concerned though because once the adhesive cures, the marble will lighten up. Ardex recommend X77 adhesive for bathroom floors and walls. This adhesive is grey in colour.
To prevent the Bianco marble from darkening, apply a coat of Aquamix Penetrating sealer first as this will help preserve the brightness in colour. If you are in doubt conduct a trial on one or two pieces before you commence tiling. Finally, make sure your tiler covers the entire back surface of the marble before fixing, as any unevenness will be visible at the surface. Natural stone of any kind should always be "buttered" rather than "spot fixed" because with some types of stone (e.g. marble & bluestone) the spots or blobs of adhesive are absorbed into the stone matrix and may be visible on the outer surface once fixed. This is not what you want as there is no way of fixing the problem! If it happens, you will need to remove the affected tiles and start again.
Bianco marble 300x300mm on the wall with Blue Moon marble 600x400mm on the floor, both sealed using 2 thin coats of Sealers Choice Gold.