Crossville, Tennessee—Crossville, Inc. said it has launched the Stone Fiction porcelain tile collection, an innovative series featuring the popular appearance of crosscut travertine convincingly interpreted in durable porcelain tile.
“It’s not surprising that natural travertine is a very desirable look for a wide range of design applications,” said Lindsey Waldrep, vice president of marketing, Crossville. “However, its high-level maintenance requirements often knock it out of consideration come specification time. We crafted Stone Fiction to give designers the travertine style they want and the elegantly effortless performance end-users need.”
According to the company, travertine’s beauty in design has been desired from ancient into modern times and the material is prominent in many iconic, historically significant structures such as the Colosseum in Rome that still stands today.
“The combination of Stone Fiction’s stunning travertine look and powerful porcelain performance makes it the answer so many designers have been looking for,” Waldrep said.
Stone Fiction captures travertine’s distinct appearance with soft, swirling surface graphics and a mild, abundantly matchable neutral color palette, according to Crossville. Though the overall effect captures the real stone’s appearance, the company said the tiles are easy-to-clean and extremely durable.
“Although travertine is a beloved natural stone, its porousness and irregularity can make upkeep and long-term performance really challenging,” Waldrep said. “In contrast, Stone Fiction is ideal for residential spaces, as well as the most demanding commercial installations—inside or out.”
Stone Fiction’s versatile color options are Travertine Ivory, Beige, Silver and Coffee. These hues are offered in both an unpolished interior finish and an exterior option the company said is suitable for walkways and pool surrounds. Though the texture of the tiles is smooth to the touch, the unpolished finish provides necessary slip resistance, according to the company.
The collection’s concise field tile sizes are 12 x 24 and 24 x 24 supplemented by a 2 x 2 mosaic and the trim package includes bullnose and covebase to provide a large range of application feasibility for commercial and residential projects, according to the company.
Stone Fiction field tiles are made in the USA and Green Square Certified to answer sustainability standards. According to the company, the complete collection is suited for commercial or residential projects with options recommended for both interior walls and floors.