From Bedrock to Brooklyn
tiles, whether in a bathroom or kitchen, have a history that can be traced back
thousands of years, evidence of which can be found in The Flintstones. Scientific inaccuracies aside, the show and its
"modern stone age family” went above and beyond in depicting how important
stone was to our ancestors, with the material cropping up in almost every facet
of their lives.
pure facts, early man was found to have set up camp in caves primarily made up
of limestone, and this uncompromising material ensured that they were kept safe
from the harsh elements and other dangers. It’s within these caves that we find
some of the earliest examples of art in paintings on the rock walls. All of the
tools at that time were also found to be made of stone, proving how essential
it was for mankind’s survival.
While caves are
a far cry from the brownstones you can find in New York City, both are evidence
that we have always relied on stone as a strong, practical substance.
Building Blocks of Natural Beauty
The mighty Roman
Empire wanted the best in everything, and as a result they chose marble as
their primary building material. Mined from quarries hundreds of miles away it
showed that they spared no expense. Once they began to rely on concrete, the
polished stone continued to be used in thin panels to cover their buildings,
with architects recognizing its simple splendour.
Used less for
massive structures, marble became a favourite medium for artists. Admiring the
material for its beauty artists began to search for the figure within the stone
itself, drawing inspiration from it. Many Roman sculptors took to replicating
Greek bronze statues, guaranteeing that these figures would last for centuries
No longer used
for simple tools, stone began to be a symbol of both status and wealth. Instead
of being a necessity it was now a luxury to have a floor and walls made of this
natural material. Instead of being rough and unrefined, it was now handled by
professionals and treated with the utmost respect. Mankind began by needing
stone and transitioned into desiring it.
Stone in the Here and Now
There is no
denying the aesthetics of a marble countertop, whether it be in Carrera, Italy or
in a suburb of Ontario. While a stone statue may not be within
your price range it would be difficult for you to ignore the value that can be
found in the simplicity of stone tiles.
A limestone tiled
wall in your bathroom or granite flooring in the kitchen acknowledges not only
the timelessness of stone’s natural beauty, but also its long-lastingness and
durability. The reasons that it was recognized as a worthy building material
centuries past ring true today, stating that your choice isn’t simply rooted in
extravagance, but utility as well.
While taking huge
slabs of marble and granite are no longer an option for most, stone tiles can
accomplish the same thing that their larger counterparts can: exhibiting an
enduring standard of beauty in your home.