By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
If you aren’t already familiar with Karndean Art Select Woods, you have been missing something exceptional. Attention to detail, realistic visuals AND tactile graining are the hallmarks of these luxury vinyl woods. Embossed-in-register technology brings the character of the woods into perfect alignment with the visual. The end result is near-perfect replication of nature’s most beautiful woods.
Given Karndean’s track record of excellence, you would have to expect something pretty spectacular as the company expands the Art Select line to include limestone, travertine, marble, and slate. Karndean’s Marketing Department had this to say about their newest collection: “This line of luxury vinyl tiles boasts our most intricate and realistic embosses to date—each handcrafted to reflect the unique patterns and textures of real stone.”—See more.
Just introduced in April, this new chapter of Art Select was kept under wraps until Karndean had samples, support stock, and point of purchase materials ready for the launch. Here is a brief tour of these exceptional LVT stones, all approved for use in residential as well as high-traffic commercial projects.
The Limestones—four beautiful limestone colors were inspired by the rugged coastlines of the English Channel Islands. The colors capture the true beauty of natural limestone
The Marbles—Most trend forecasters, including Color Marketing Group International, are predicting a strong resurgence of marble. Karndean took their inspiration from the natural white and blue-gray marble from the world-famous quarries in the Province of Massa, Tuscany.
The Slates—The timeless beauty of slate had to be represented in the new Art Select Stone collection. Its popularity spans decades and Karndean has created four soothing colors with natural, under-stated veining.
The Travertines—Yellowstone National Park is the site of the Mammoth Hot Springs. Those travertine terraces were the actual inspiration for these newly introduced LVT stones. Karndean captured the natural color variations found in travertine, and brought them to life in easy-care luxury vinyl tiles.
These new stone creations are built to work hard. The 30 mil protective urethane layer ensures total performance. Backed by Karndean’s 20 year commercial warranty (Lifetime residential), the Art Select stones offer the perfect balance of aesthetic and durability.