Surface manufacturer Crossville says its In-Side porcelain panel collection mimics the texture and look of the sandstone Pietra del Cardoso.
Only available from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy, Pietra del Cardoso is a blue, gray stone with subtle white marbling. Now, Crossville’s recent launch combines the unique appearance of the Italian stone with the durability of porcelain.
What makes this offering different from other porcelain tiles is the natural texture. The company says the In-Side panels are created by mixing raw materials with different grain sizes, which creates a textural, blended surface that seems much like natural stone.
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The collection’s flamed finish provides a bush hammered finish and smooth sheen. In-Side panels are also available in a matte finish, along with two colorways: Grigio or Nero.
Grigio offers a more true gray tone while Nero deepens into a darker black.
“With complimentary hues and authentic texture, In-Side gives designers a contemporary solution for skinning walls and flooring,” says Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville VP of marketing.
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Crossville says the panels can be used to skin walls and floors, meaning the products can be placed directly on top of previously installed tiles or stones.
In-Side panels come in 1-by-3-meter sheets and a 5.6 millimeter thickness. These porcelain panels can be used for interiors in either commercial or residential settings.
The company says its porcelain tiles are highly scratch and abrasion proof, and can resist organic and inorganic cleaners. Tiles also are fire-resistant, with a water absorption rate of 0.1%.