One of the most important resolutions to make when you decide to furnish your new home, or change the appearance of the existing one, is the choice of materials. In this section we want to introduce you to a material that is as elegant as it is versatile. A 100% natural product that can adapt to any style.
Whether you want a traditional, warm, and cosy environment or a completely modern and minimal space, this is the element to absolutely include.
We are talking about limestone. A natural stone that is extracted from the best quarries in the world and handcrafted in Italy in Artesia laboratories.
Read on to discover the benefits of this natural stone and the ways Artesia can introduce it into your everyday spaces.
Limestone is a sedimentary stone of marine origin and consists almost exclusively of the mineral calcite. In small quantities, dolomite, feldspar, clay minerals, quartz or mica minerals may also be contained. These mineral or organic additives give the limestone, which is white by itself, a varied colour. Thus, the sandstone can also be dyed reddish, greenish, yellow-brown, dark grey or black.
Most limestones formed from marine sediment deposited on sea floors, although some formed in freshwater lakes and rivers and even on dry land. Sources for the calcite in limestone include seashells. When shelled animals that use calcium carbonate in water to build their shells die, the remains of their shells accumulate on a sea or lake floor. Under the right conditions, large amounts of shell debris eventually get buried under other sediment and compressed into rock. Many limestones also contain fossils of such animals as corals, clams, and one-celled fusulinids that were preserved whole or nearly whole
Limestone is suitable for internal and external uses; thanks to the exceptional technical properties it possesses. Let's find out together what they are.
Limestone has countless benefits, both in terms of utility and design. We are talking about a robust and versatile material, capable of adapting to any style of furniture. Limestone is an excellent heat accumulator, which makes it perfect for wellness areas, for example. It also requires little maintenance, which is why it is often used in functional rooms such as kitchens or utility rooms.
But that’s barely it! Limestone is also extremely resistant to atmospheric agents and frost, fundamental properties for external applications. Speaking of external uses, it can also be adopted for the construction of swimming pool edges thanks to its non-slip effect.
Read on below to discover how we propose to incorporate this natural stone into the designing of your living spaces.
Most limestones have a granular texture. Their constituent grains range in size from 0.001 mm (0.00004 inch) to visible particles. In many cases, the grains are microscopic fragments of fossil animal shells. Limestone can also be:
Limestone offers countless types of applications, ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The natural irregularity of the surfaces mixed with the subtle colour variations, make it possible to create compositions of high quality out of this material.
Artesia has built up a team of experts over the years to guide and support you throughout the planning and execution of your project.
The truth is that limestone has a larger implementation than any other natural material. Here are the most important ones:
As you can see, there’s not a single area in your home where limestone can’t be introduced. Artesia’s international designers have created a vast limestone collection aiming to please every client`s expectations. Take a look at our house style and private residences projects and Book a Video Appointment with an Artesia Specialist for further guidance.
Artesia interprets the working of limestone where normal production fails, through the application of modern machinery, the result of its precise know-how developed through the experience acquired in over 40 years of research.
Thanks to technology, Artesia is able to transform a raw limestone product into a perfectly calibrated product both in terms of size and thickness, which can therefore be easily applied to floors and wall coverings; Artesia can also offer a range of surface finishes that enhance the uniqueness of the product.
Artesia's slate products, made to measure, represent an additional service for the most demanding customer.
As we mentioned above, limestone tiles have a whole lot of fundamental properties and can easily adapt to any kind of environment. But is it all positive? There certainly are some interesting pros, such as:
Let’s analyze now some of the negative aspects of limestone tiles:
If you want to know more about limestone tiles, contact our Artesia professionals. We can figure out the right material to upgrade your home and answer any questions you have about maintenance, material, styles, and more.
Among the many interrogations surrounding the correct use of this stone, there is undoubtedly the decisive question: how to clean limestone?
For ordinary washing of the floor, it is recommended to use a normal neutral detergent without rinsing. Artesia offers ARDT11, a specific cleaner for natural stone with a pleasant scented formula created ad hoc for Artesia. The stone can be easily deep cleaned from time to time through the use of steam.
In case of more aggressive dirt, such as in the presence of organic residues, such as wine, oil, etc. another product can be used: ARTM21 Artesia stain remover which acts in depth, partially penetrating the stone and removing the stain. Since it is a natural stone, even if the degree of absorption is almost zero, in some specific areas of application we recommend a treatment to be done only once after laying.
For slate bathroom and kitchen floors, we recommend choosing a suitable finish or applying ARAM41 water-based stain remover after laying.
For the limestone shower interior, specific water-repellent treatments such as ARID61 are available in our catalogue.
Instead, a water-based liquid wax, ARCE31, is used to revive the color and protect the limestone surface.
As you can see, Artesia aims to respond to every need with a vast catalog that includes not only the best qualities of natural stone, but also the cleaning products suited to their characteristics. Do you have any questions about it? Contact the Artesia sales office!
Limestone is a very resistant stone with unique characteristics in terms of consistency and shades.
Its resistance to wear, durability and consistent resistance to frost make this stone the queen of stone materials. By virtue of these details, limestone is often used, as we saw in the previous section, for outdoor paving‚ gardens and swimming pools.
In fact, it has been used in construction since ancient times. Just think of the city of Noto, built almost entirely in limestone. The harmonious architecture and the homogeneity of the limestone tiles create such a scenographic balance that the city seems to have been built in a single night. The buildings were built in white limestone, a local stone, which when illuminated by the sun takes on a golden yellow colour reminiscent of the colour of honey. Its appearance has remained unchanged over the centuries, and it is still possible to admire it in all its beauty and grace.
Limestone is characterized by this unmistakable ivory white, embellished, and characterized by yellow and red veins. There is also the grey limestone, which comes from France and is particularly suitable, thanks to its uniform structure, for large interior spaces.
The pink limestone, known as the Albanese Stone, is also very interesting. In addition to the warm and welcoming colour, this limestone has a remarkable resistance to freeze-thaw cycles and impermeability to oils and bitumen.
Last, but not least, Puglia limestone, a natural resource and cultural heritage, known above all for its ease of processing.
In Artesia showroom in Via Pezzonasca 27 16047 Moconesi, Genoa (insert Location Map) you will find all these types of limestones as well as the blue limestone coming from Belgium, the red milestone arriving from the U.S., the green limestone of the South India, the dolomite limestone and much more. All varieties of stone that you can use to make your spaces elegant and comfortable. Come take a look. Otherwise you can consult our Online Collection