O.S Earthworks

O.S Earthworks
Original Style Earthworks Natural stone tiles at TileDealer for lowest UK prices

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Natural stone strength and adaptability has been used to build everything from basic 
dwellings to soaring temples, for floors and walls, as sculptures and roof 
tiles. Once it was the only building material available, but now, even 
with the availability of many different materials, natural stone is still as popular as 
ever for a wall or floor covering.  Stone is quarried from where it has lain 
for millions of years, cut out from veins or strata and then shaped into 
blocks.  It is further worked and finished according to its intended final 
use – polished, brushed, honed or tumbled.  Each process reveals unique 
characteristics dependant on the rock from which it originated.  
If you are looking for something beautiful and unique to enhance walls 
and floors, natural stone is the obvious answer.  Long lasting, durable, 
cost effective and versatile, it’s also at home with other materials and 
textures such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic and porcelain.  Different 
colours and finishes, and inherent features of veining and mottling are an 
interior designer’s dream.  
From kitchens to wet rooms, from a conservatory floor to a feature wall 
– for enduring quality and fantastic good looks, Earthworks tiles are the 
natural choice for modern and traditional styles alike.

There are three kinds of rock types:
Igneous – solidified magma or lava formed 
after volcanic activity.  Extremely hard.  
Examples: granite, basalt.
Sedimentary – weathering of existing rocks 
produced sediment which settled in layers and 
gradually ‘lithified’ (turned to stone) by compaction 
and cementation.  Examples: limestone, travertine. 
Metamorphic – Metamorphism is the 
transformation of one rock type into another, 
brought about by heat, pressure or chemically 
active fluids.  Examples: Marble (originally 
limestone or dolostone), slate (previously 
sedimentary shale or mudstone) 
Textures and finishes:
Brushed – the stone’s surface is brushed with 
rotary diamond pads, resulting in a textured 
finish to the surface and rounded edges.
Cushioned, pillowed – where the straight 
edges of a tile have been rounded and 
Filled – where voids, pits and holes (a natural 
characteristic of some stone) have been filled 
with a resin to create a smooth surface.  
Honed – a machine process which results in a 
smooth, matt surface.
Lightly polished – the surface is polished to a 
softly reflective sheen rather than a high gloss.
Polished – where the surface is buffed by 
machine, resulting in an even, smooth and 
highly reflective surface.
Tumbled – the surfaces of the stone have been 
textured, worn and weathered by contact with 
abrasive materials.
Unfilled – where the pits and voids within 
travertine tiles have not been filled.  

Travertine is a form of sedimentary limestone, made 
from compressed deposits left by calcite-rich hot 
springs which became, over millions of years, almost 
like a river frozen in time 
Umbrian Classic
Subtly pale in colour, rustic in texture, 
Umbrian Classic is our most costeffective travertine for covering floors.
Please note this travertine is a graded 
selection which is suitable for 
residential areas.
Filled & Honed (2 sizes)
It is usually pale, in tones from off-white to 
bronze, with some inherent pits and holes 
which are the result of its creation. Because 
of its marble-like qualities, travertine has been 
prized by sculptors for centuries. 
There are three different grades of travertine, 
dependent on the quality, thickness, impurities, 
and sizes of pits and voids. Grade 1 is the best, 
and, as with all things, it is worth paying extra 
for a better quality stone that will last for years 
if installed and maintained correctly. 
All of Original Style’s travertine (except Umbrian 
Classic, see below) is selected from Grade 1 
to ensure a consistent quality and excellent 
visual appearance.
In this section you will find a wide choice 
of sizes and finishes – nearly all suitable for 
internal walls and floors, showers and hearths. 
However we do not recommend that travertine 
is installed externally due to its porous nature 
which makes it susceptible to frost damage.
Please bear in mind that as travertine is a 
natural product with voids and pinholes, these 
can sometimes appear on the surface of the 
tiles after installation and use. No guarantees 
can be given against this happening. Any voids 
that do appear can be refilled using grout or 
epoxy resin, and we suggest that this work 
is carried out at the same time as the floor is 
given a thorough clean before being resealed – 
this is usually recommended as an annual task.