Basalt tiles are formed from the volcanic rock of some regions of China, the United States, Mexico, and Italy. Basalt is mostly gray, with light and dark hues.cWith relatively high absorption rates, these tiles or slabs are functional and practical flooring material. We do not recommend using these tiles in submerged areas. Basalt looks good in many textured finishes, such as flamed and sandblasted. These various textured finish surfaces are practical for demanding applications. Also, our tiles come in various shapes of mosaics. Such options include penny round mosaics, straight mosaics, and 2 x 2 mosaics.
When selecting basalt tiles, the most important factor to look out for is their clarity and uniformity. All high-quality basalt tiles are clear in color and selection, with no sizeable mineral deposits.
For fireplaces, tub decks, or backsplashes, our fabricator can provide longer slabs of basalt to give a uniform look.
Basalt Tile History and Background
Basalt tiles are formed from the volcanic rock of some regions of China, the United States, Mexico, and Italy. In fact, it is the most abundant volcanic rock on Earth. It’s even common on Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars! Basalt is mostly gray, with light and dark hues.
Just like other classic natural stone tiles such as marble or travertine, these tiles tap into a millennia-old legacy of architecture and design. Though these stones are used all over the world, many associate them with classical Mediterranean architecture. Surely you’re familiar with the Parthenon, built from marble in ancient Athens, and the Roman Colosseum, built from travertine.
Perhaps you didn’t know that basalt played a similarly venerable role in classical architecture. It’s true, though; the Roman Theatre in Bosra, Syria is built from basalt. The stone was also used for Roman roads. Large blocks from ancient roads were rediscovered and recarved during the Renaissance, leading to the development of Italy’s famous Sampietrini pavement.
Like other fine natural stone tiles, basalt is versatile, at once looking starkly modern and allowing you to take part in an ancient design tradition. Basalt floor tile, for instance, fits into the most contemporary designs but also whisks you away to the historical roads of Italy.
Basalt Tile Home Uses
There are very few applications to which basalt isn’t suited. We only caution against using these tiles in submerged areas because of their relatively high absorption rates. Otherwise, consider basalt wherever the space might benefit from an elegant and dynamic natural stone tile!
Basalt wall tiles look great in kitchens and bathrooms. Basalt backsplashes especially add character in your kitchen, even more so when you chose one of our eye-catching basalt mosaics (options abound).(options abound ).
Basalt floor tiles are perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, entrance ways, and bathrooms.
Basalt Tile Commercial Uses
The lovely grays of basalt always fit their context. In low lighting, the grays dazzle with mood-setting depth and emotion. In brighter lighting, basalt’s grays are warm and inviting. This makes basalt an excellent stone tile for commercial applications.
Basalt flooring and walls in a bright, friendly hotel lobby, for instance, make your guests feel comfortable and at home. In a mood-lit dining room, conversely, basalt enhances the elegant intimacy of the space, easily making your restaurant a favorite date spot.
Basalt Options at Country Floors
Basalt looks good in many textured finishes, such as flamed and sandblasted. The following textures are currently available at Country Floors:
- Hammered Basalt — stippled texture that pops.
- Chiseled Basalt — careful and complex texturing.
- Honed Basalt — elegant and sophisticated.
Tiles designed for use in various mosaics are also available. Such options include penny round mosaics, octagonal mosaics, dynamic multi-finish mosaics, and square 1 x 1 mosaics. Some of the mosaics powerfully evoke the Sampietrini roads of Italy.
For fireplaces, tub decks, or backsplashes, our fabricator can provide longer slabs of basalt for an unbroken, uniform surface.
When selecting basalt tiles, the most important factor to look out for is their clarity and uniformity. All high-quality basalt tiles are clear in color and selection, with no sizable mineral deposits.