Not a Great year for Calacatta field tiles. Out of stock on the polished 3×6″ for all of 2015 and 2×12″ polished. This is not because we could not buy Calacatta Gold, on the contrary we have refused almost 40 containers simply based on the quality and then what met with quality in early summer did not meet the price point we wanted for our customers. But it looks like we are on a roll (literally the tile moves along these rollers). On the plus side we have done well with honed and expanded into some fantastic mosaic.
Calacatta Gold – at last some good looking product coming down the line. Note the yellow Wellies these are a must in Italy (which is short for Wellington Boots in England, someone will have to tell me what they are called in the USA pond hoppers? I am not kidding in England these are called Wellies, great name for kids. Wonderful for English weather and puddle splashing, for proof here is a British site selling them here now I have put a link here these brits will be confused by the sudden interest from Americans in their Wellies, they will think, look “Americans want Wellies” and they will export, lets hope they don’t).
These are a must in Italy. Latest fashion trend? I think not. But then I may have thought the same about fuzzy sheep feet too. So if I am wrong I apologize. I also apologize to my Italian colleague in the yellow wellies as I am pointing them out when in reality yes all of this tile is cut using blades and water, so there is water everywhere and wellies are essential, even yellow works.
I have got way off track, the point is which makes me happy is we have more Calacatta Gold coming in and it looks great. We want the light base color but with banded veining. I am not sure why, it just looks so much better than the thin spidery veining you can get in the Borgihini. We have had and sold Calacatta Borghini but for us as a business we are aiming for the light base, not veining on all tiles as that would be too busy, but tiles do need to have that wide veining. It is a very specific look and that may be part of our problem in trying to keep it in stock and clearly selling it for just $17.95 a square foot in 6×12″ honed is not helping.