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Gather Co Texture Guide

Here at Gather Co we want to ensure that the gap between your screen and our surfaces is bridged. As such, we have developed this Texture Guide to provide a general understanding of the finishes across our collection and to offer a sense of the ‘feel’ you can expect from each variety.

*Please note: This is intended as a guide only. Some surfaces may sit outside the prescribed finish as stated below. It is not a Slip Rating, you’ll find that in the “Resources and Installation” section at the bottom of each product page.

Type of Finish
Polished A mirror-like shine accomplished by using progressively finer grit during the polishing process.
Brushed Brush finishing involves exposing stone surfaces to a rotating wire brush, simulating natural wear over time.
Honed A honed finish is achieved by applying a polishing head with a coarse grit fitting.
Sawn After initial cutting, the stone is lightly polished to remove the heaviest saw marks but, not enough to achieve a fully honed finish.
Acid Washed Acid washing is an exfoliation process where a chemical reaction is used to flake away at the stone’s surface.
Flamed A flamed finish is achieved through heating the surface of stone to extreme temperatures, followed by a rapid cooling process – leaving a textured, unrefined consistency.
Sand Blasted Sand blasting is the process of forcibly propelling streams of course material against a stone surface to smoothen or roughen it.
Chisseled A chiselled finish is achieved when metal combs are run over stone to form a unified grooved surface.
Natural A natural finish refers to stone in its raw state. It is reached through a combination of various geological conditions and prolonged environmental/atmospheric exposure.
Tumbled Tumbling is a secondary process applied in addition to one of the primary finishes. It is used to alter the edge detail of stone and typically results in reduced surface coarseness. Most commonly, tumbling is achieved by combining both stone pieces and aggregate inside a rotating rubber lined.
Bush Hammered This process employs either simple hand-held hammers or large electric implements. The method works through repeated surface impacts with a large metal slug made up of uniformed conical points.
Convict Picked A traditional stone treatment historically undertaken by convicts in Australia where steel crafting tools are repeatedly struck against the stone surface to achieve a moderate to heavily textured finish.
Split Splitting is achieved by mechanically or hand fragmenting stone, exposing a natural cleft and heavily textured finish.

Gather Co Rating Guide

Gather Co specialises in trading repurposed and antique fixtures. The matured nature of these genuine artifacts means that every piece comes in a distinct condition. We’ve developed this rating guide to help you quickly assess the level of wear associated with each selection.

One Star
These pieces are beautiful although their application must be carefully considered. Structural integrity is compromised.
Two Star
Likely presence of both structural faults and obvious superficial blemishes. Repairs evident.
Three Star
Minor structural issues and/or noticeable levels of wear.
Four Star
Firm structural integrity. Moderate signs of wear.
Five Star
Signs of wear still evident but, well preserved. Structurally sound.
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Quarried from the rolling mountains of Chinas Fujian province, this silver-grey granite is a variety capable of enduring all that is thrown at it. Being an igneous rock, quartz makes up a percentage of Soto’s composition and makes it hard enough for application in both exterior and commercial applications.

Displaying an off-white canvas speckled with a lightly coloured hue of soft greys and blacks, Soto’s pallet sits directly between our Cook and Banks granite families. 

Subtle and neutral in nature, silver grey granite makes for a perfect base to support more obvious features in any design.

• Subtle colouring makes it compatible with most designs

• A high quartz content offers considerable durability

• Weather resistant

• Suitable for commercial applications

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Raw blocks of Soto granite are meticulously cut from the quarry face and transported to large processing stations where a number of formats are then produced.   


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Fujian - One of the most culturally and linguistically diverse regions of China, Fujian was up until recently one of the most isolated due to its mountainous terrain. Well known for its production of Chinese tea it is also a direct link to Taiwan which sits just 180 kilometres away across the Taiwan strait.


Granite - A popular choice for interior and exterior, Granite is an igneous rock made up of between 20% and 60% quartz. Granular and phaneritic in texture, colour varieties include grey, white and pink.

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