Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kitchen Backsplashes: Product Trend Alert

 Stone & glass. Two textures and materials that are considered kitchen design classics. These time-tested accents have staying power in nearly every application. But this summer they have been getting some extra attention as versatile backsplash options. They are among the most popular searches for backsplashes and tiles on the net right now. You probably saw us feature both stone and glass backsplashes in our Best Kitchen Backsplash Tiles blog in May.
 Something we didn't show you is how these two materials can be combined into one look; and that is our product trend alert!
  These tiles are Agate Glass Tiles by the Stone & Pewter Accents company in California. Often mistaken for natural onyx, these glass tiles are made by hand to mimic the natural process that creates true volcanic stone. The company's website describes the tiles & the process:  
"As our name suggests, 'Agate' is reminiscent of the glass-like natural layered silica created by volcanic stone formations. Our 'Agate' mosaic series is created using the same processes from a molten silica, hand-poured to exhibit the variation and variegation of the naturally formed stone.
Copyright: Stone & Pewter Accents
Fine grained bands combining subtle to intensive highlights, in a brilliant mircocrystaline complementary structure. With a rich variety of tones, often mistaken for natural onyx,'Agate' was given its name by Theophrastus, a Greek naturalist and philosopher, who discovered the stone along the shore line of the river Achates. 
Agate is one of the most common materials used in the art of hard-stone carving,and has been recovered at a number of ancient sites, indicating its widespread use in the ancient world.
Using glass, inert mineral components, and being paper-faced mounted, 'Agate' maximizes bond and is composed of completely environmentally friendly materials.
Agate is available in 14 innovative colors - including natural occurring blue and green tones, in both Pearl and Silk finishes. 
Additionally, you will notice creases, wrinkles, shivers, waves, bubbles topped off with a natural surface to catch all forms of light for a brilliant effect. These characteristics of natural glass will serve to enhance the final beauty of any installation."
   Visit the company's website to learn more about these stunning tiles, or check our their tear sheet right here for a look at the options!

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