At The Tile Gallery we offer extensive ranges of interior and exterior tiles to suit your personal preference and budget! Competitive prices are guaranteed due to our close alliances and affiliations with many factories and quarries in Turkey, Italy, Spain, India and Iran where natural stones such as marble and travertine originate. We specialise in importing travertine tiles, marble tiles, decorative mosaics, limestone, sandstone, cladding, borders, basins and much more! Many of our products are designed to coordinate with each other in texture, colour and style and also come in a variety of sizes which enables you to create and design your own home.....along with our professional advice of course!

OUR APPROACH

Natural Stone is a naturally occurring material and as such, has to be chosen like no other building material. The Tile Gallery’s staff are fully trained, experienced professionals who will happily provide you with a free consultation as soon as you decide to use natural stone on your project. We can advise you on product selection, colour and product compatibility and also prevent any costly mistakes being made before it is too late. To assist our clients in selecting the right product for their vision, our creative department provides a vast selection of current design trends and interior suggestions that will satisfy any taste level. This can be workshopped during your consultation. We will also measure and spec your ‘space’ and provide you with a complimentary quotation. Our family run business guarantees excellent service combined with the highest quality products and our collaboration with top class interior consultants and installers ensure that you receive the most up to date, relevant advice and flawless finishes. Natural stone is timeless. Its durability ensures that your choice of stone will last a lifetime. Natural stone, correctly selected, will increase the value of your property and enhance your living areas. By purchasing natural stone you are making an investment, so protect your money and get the right advice!

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Travertine

Travertine is dominated by beige and neutral colours and epitomizes the look and texture of natural stone. The stone is a smooth and very hard substance further characterized by its porous surface. Travertine is naturally beautiful – a smooth, dense stone that exhibits a notable creamy colour.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Marble

Marble is the champion of stone texture and appearance. Marble has the ability to make bold visual statements. The depth and variety of this natural stone in terms of contrasting vein and base colours makes this so appealing for high-end, chic décor.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Sandstone

Sandstone has many colours ranging from white, grey and buff to various shades of pink and red. The colour and texture of stone is self evident, however the colour of dry stone can change quite dramatically on wetting. This softer textured stone has a beautiful appearance and makes it a popular choice for home interiors.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Limestone

The colours of limestone range from almost white to warm honey tones with grey/blue and darker browns a feature in some limestones. Perfect for adding warmth to your floors, a versatile stone that will fit in anywhere.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Mosaics

Mosaic tiles are most popular for wet floors, but they can also act as a nice, contrasting border for your tile. The most common place for a mosaic mural is the backsplash in your kitchen. Many kitchens are designed with a naturally-framed area above the range and a creative mural can create a stunning accent for your kitchen.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Cladding

Made from natural stone, cladding creates a stylish veneer whether being used in a contemporary or traditional design. Cladding has multiple interior and exterior applications. The z-shaped interlocking panels allows for a seamless natural finish.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Mouldings and Borders

Mouldings and borders can be used to add the finishing touches to your home. They round of the edges of your patio, streamline the tiles flowing into your pool ot make a statement of style on your interior or exterior walls.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Basins

We offer a beautiful range of basins handcarved from both travertine and marble natural stone and polished to perfection. Our basins will add an elegant and luxurious statement to your home.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Slabs

At The Tile Gallery, we have a wide sourcing network and are able to place custom orders based on your needs and requirements. Below are a few examples of alternative products also available with us. Please contact us directly regarding custom order products and minimum order quantities.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Adhesive and Grouting

We offer a range of the highest quality performance adhesives and grouting for Natural Stones. A variety of colours ensures the best finishes for your installation.

* Natural Stone Tiles are a product of nature. No two pieces will be identical in characteristics or appearance. Variations of veining, shade, or colour are inherent in all tiles.

Natural stone is a collective name for thousands of different types of stone, found and quarried throughout the world. The appearance and the characteristics of natural stone are determined by the manner in which the stone was formed: by rivers, by volcanoes, by tectonic folding (mountains). Each natural stone is unique, because no two places on earth have precisely the same geological composition or experience or precisely the same geological forces. This means that natural stone of the same type can also differ widely.

Stones come in different finishes: polished, honed or textured as well as in many varied sizes. Natural Stone is basically cut from the earth's rocks - it is a natural product that will always vary in shades, veining etc. depending on which part of the quarry the manufacturer is cutting from.

The process of quarrying Natural Stone is carried out by different methods and equipment, such as hand tools, explosives, or power saws. Channeling and wedging are also used depending on the end-purpose for which the natural stone is extracted. Hand tools alone may be used for quarrying natural stone that lies in easily accessible beds. The principal hand tools are the drill, hammer and wedge. A row of holes, several centimetres apart, is made with the drill and the hand hammer along the line at which it is desired to break the stone. Each hole is filled with three wedges, shaped so that one may be driven down through the others, the method being known as plug and feathers. By striking each plug with sharp continuous blows using a hammer, the combined splitting force of the plugs and feathers finally becomes great enough to rupture the rock. Explosives are most commonly employed for detaching large blocks of natural stone, which are then split and broken into smaller stones by wedges or by the plug-and-feathers method. These smaller stones can also be crushed using a heavy steel ball weighing several tons. In this method of quarrying, the drill holes are put down to the depth to which it is required to break the rock and are then partly filled with some explosive that is discharged by the usual methods of blasting. To obtain finely crushed stones for concrete, primary crushers of the jaw or gyratory type are used to reduce the size of the rocks. Channeling is the process of cutting long, narrow channels in the rock to free the sides of large blocks of natural stone. Channeling machines, or chandlers, are self-propelling and move a cutting edge back and forth along the line on a rock bed on which the channel cut is to be made. The channel cut is sunk deep enough to permit the insertion of wedges by which the rock is split, the cut or groove guiding the fracture. Another method of cutting is the power saw which utilises water as a lubricant and cooler. The saw cuts a narrow channel which is then either expanded by a wedge or is blasted. This method is used in slate, granite, and limestone quarries. An automatic channel burner has recently come into commercial use in dimension-stone quarrying. It resembles a handheld burner held vertically in a frame, with an electric motor moving the whole unit slowly down a track. It makes a more even cut, does not require the presence of an operator, and wastes less rock. The unit is controlled by a computer.

Any natural stone tile project begins with stone tile selection.Understanding the qualities of each type of stone combined with your personal preference will assist you in making your selection. For commercial purposes natural stone is divided into several large groups, namely, granite, marble, travertine, limestone and sandstone. These are briefly detailed on our product pages.

Natural Stone is a naturally occurring material and as such, has to be chosen like no other building material. The Tile Gallery’s staff are fully trained, experienced professionals who will happily provide you with a free consultation as soon as you decide to use natural stone on your project. We can advise you on product selection, colour and product compatibility and also prevent any costly mistakes being made before it is too late. To assist our clients in selecting the right product for their vision, our creative department provides a vast selection of current design trends and interior suggestions that will satisfy any taste level. This can be workshopped during your consultation. We will also measure and spec your ‘space’ and provide you with a complimentary quotation. Our family run business guarantees excellent service combined with the highest quality products and our collaboration with top class interior consultants and installers ensure that you receive the most up to date, relevant advice and flawless finishes.

FURTHER SERVICES INCLUDE;

Specialising in Bathrooms and Kitchens
Bullnosing
Sealing & cleaning
Polishing
Honing
Crystalising
Acid washing

 

Travertine, Classic Honed, 610x610.
Please contact us on +27 11 312 5038 or info@tilegallery.co.za for information on our current special.

HOW DO I CARE FOR NATURAL STONES ?

Natural stone is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful service. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful.
Dust and mop floors frequently
Clean the surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
Ensure that you thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
Blot up spills immediately
Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters or placemats
Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners of tub & tile cleaners

WHY DO SOME TILES APPEAR A DIFFERENT COLOUR TO THE REST ?

Natural stones are created from elements of the earth - clay, water, sand, minerals. Just as these materials vary in the natural world, the end result of their combination will also produce variations in the surface colour and texture of your tile. These natural colour variations and markings enhance the individuality of each tile and result in a sophisticated but understated design that characterizes each tile. The difference in colour between when you selected the tile in our showroom compared to the colour when viewed in different light is a result of both the surface of the tile, and the reflection off the tile of its environment (lighting, furniture, large fixtures, cabinets, wall colour or furniture). This is why it is so important to see the tile in the desired environment.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT FINISHES ON NATURAL STONE TILES ?

There are many finishes and options available. Here are the most widely used:
Polished - A high gloss surface. Honed - Smooth with squared edges and without a polished surface.
Tumbled - Lightly tumbled to achieve rounded edges and a surface that is not as smooth as honed.
Antique Tumbled - Medium tumble edges and surface to achieve a slight rustic look.
Cobbled or Distressed - Heavily tumbled edges and surface to achieve an aged or ancient look.
Brushed - Acid washed and wire brushed for a smooth textured surface.
Flamed - Blow torched for a rough textured surface.

CAN NATURAL STONES BE MIXED WITH ANY OTHER TILES OR MATERIALS ?

Most certainly it can! The possibilities are endless. You can incorporate natural stones with ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal....anything you can think of, even mixing different types of natural stones together looks amazing!

HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH NATURAL STONE TILE IS RIGHT FOR ME ?

Go with your heart and try not to analyze your selection too much, Often seeing too much product confuses you, so ask to view the most popular sellers and start from there! Also take into consideration the style of home you have; or the look you prefer, i.e. rustic, contemporary, elegant, traditional. Work within your budget and only ask to see a selection within your budget as it is easy to get carried away when being creative.

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