by Sara Costi
Rich, rigorous, confident and audacious, Petra by Casalgrande Padana derives from a combination of natural materials and modern intuition. Vibrant, imperfect veining effects are expressed through a carefully studied colour range of nuances revealing all the allure of an ancient material that has always accompanied man throughout the process of evolution. Delicate earthy and sandy shades, neutral and grey nuances and tones with a modern, natural design blend with the imperfections left by the passage of time. A collection that teams the elegant beauty of quartzite with the resistance and versatility of porcelain stoneware.
Petra comes in six different shades (Petra Antracite, Bianca, Grigia, Oro, Perla and Sabbia) and five different formats (from the small 20x20 cm and 20x40 cm sizes to the classic 30x60 cm and 60x60 cm tiles, as well as the large 60x120 cm format). Thanks to the natural surface for indoors and the 20 mm thick antislip surface for outdoors, the new stone-effect stoneware collection can be used for both flooring and coverings, both indoors and outdoors, allowing for the creation of smooth, appealing total looks. The collection is complemented by the 30x30 cm mosaics, with 5x5 cm or 5x15 cm tesserae, and a new series of brick-effect porcelain stoneware decorations.
Originality consists of a return to our origins.
Total look or mix and match?
Extremely versatile and adaptable, the porcelain stoneware tiles in the new Petracollection can be used for all kinds of floors and walls, allowing for interesting total-look solutions or novel, original mix&match effects.
Combining practical appeal with comfort, the total-look effect allows for the creation of living spaces featuring a single material, with an engaging, timeless atmosphere that brings extraordinarily sophisticated visual, aesthetic and functional continuity to settings.
Perfectly squared and rectified and with antislip surfaces, the stoneware tiles from the new Petra collection are the ideal response to all kinds of project requirements that seek to create continuity between indoor and outdoor areas, using the same type of flooring both for interiors and for terraces, patios, verandas, courtyards, pool edges or paths, both on grass and on gravel. Thanks to their 20 mm thickness, Casalgrande Padana ceramic tiles can be glued to screed, guaranteeing flooring with high load resistance, or dry-laid directly on sand, for flooring that can be walked on immediately. In addition, thanks to the polypropylene supports, available with fixed or adjustable heights, raised flooring for outdoors can be created, with a gap underneath to house electrical and plumbing systems.
First developed in the fashion sector, and in contrast to the minimalist trend, the mix and match style is gaining ground as a trend also in the field of interior design. This style combines different colours, patterns and textures, skilfully mixing different shapes and materials to shape inviting, comfortable settings for fresh, original, modern living spaces. Together with furniture, accessories and drapes, the porcelain stoneware tiles in the new Petra collection thus become an actual furnishing accessory, able to combine smoothly not only with other materials, but also with other collections from the vast Casalgrande Padana range of cement, wood, stone, marble, or metal-effect tiles, creating interesting material, graphic and colour combinations, and settings with striking appeal and character.
Thanks to the excellent technical performance and the material texture, reminiscent of stone to the touch, it can be used in a variety of settings, ranging from residential construction and restoration to commercial surfaces and public buildings.
Able to complement and blend smoothly with all kinds of furnishing styles, from ultra-classic to modern, as well as rustic, country and wabi-sabi, for both floors and walls, both indoors and outdoors: every surface is tiled with Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware, inspired by the natural elegance of stone.
Imperfect, changing, unfinished spaces become inviting, contemplative settings. Deliberately simple, natural and orderly, a slow, profound inspiration for the mind that focuses on seeking out the essence of beauty in imperfection. This is how Petra by Casalgrande Padana expresses the desire to go back to basics, where imperfections and irregularities become elements of exquisite beauty, shaped in ceramic tiles able to bring an authentic touch of distinction to every living space. A carefully balanced range of warm, engaging colours, in which every vein conceals an inexhaustible force able to reveal mysterious traces of memories anchored to the past.