Limestone: From the Mediterranean to Your Home

Aside from its elevated earthy visual appeal, limestone has played a prolific role in architectural history. The use of limestone in flooring and interiors can be traced back to 7000 BCE. Aside from its striking natural beauty, it triumphs over other materials in durability.

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04 / 22 / 2023

In North Africa & the Mediterranean

To understand the significance of limestone, we must study the icons of antiquity. Not only was limestone used in the construction of the great pyramids, it was the primary building material in ancient Greece. Classical civilizations relied on limestone’s monumental quality to carry their cities to greatness. You’ll find the stone across Italy as well,  alongside travertine and marble. 

Aside from the more grandiose limestone landmarks, several Mediterranean islands have used limestone as a key interior component. For example, the island of Malta has relied on limestone for a robust and adaptable solution to both facades and interior design. With an inherent warmth, it’s no surprise that several heavenly isles are defined by their use of this golden grey stone. 

4"x12" Limestone Tile

Standing the Test of Time

Limestone has a distinctly sedimentary quality, with its appeal in its natural imperfection. Marine sediment on the sea floor supplies an endless resource of limestone, creating perpetual availability. 

Although its popularity has never waned, limestone has begun to surpass marble and terrazzo as 2023’s most coveted material. It may have an unyielding place in design history, but the modern attraction is just as strong. When designing with stone, it’s imperative to choose a variation that bridges the gap between organic and homey. Limestone has the unique ability to radiate contemporary charm even with an ancient repertoire. 

Buff Honed Limestone Tile

Our Diverse and Daring Selection

Quarried outside of Fez, Morocco, our collection of handcrafted limestone tiles is vast and versatile. Cut by Moroccan artisans, each piece is brimming with visual character. 


Flat, matte, and gently smoothed, our honed finish is sleek while showcasing visible texture. The surface has been ground down for a more consistent, smoother feel. Choose this finish if your goal is to achieve natural sophistication.

Honed Limestone Tile


A bush hammer is used to stimulate subtle pockets and ridges for a rustic appearance. If you’re after a deliberately unfinished look, our hammered variation is dynamic. You will be continuously reminded that these stones were formed over eons. 

Hammered Limestone Tile

Three Chic Colorways

We offer our limestone tiles in three distinct colorways. Each tile radiates the natural beauty of limestone, with subtle variation in tone:


The coolest of the three available shades, Basilica is ideal for a modern atmosphere. With an almost industrial energy, Basilica offers contemporary calm. 

Basilica Limestone Tile


For a versatile tile that will match both warm and cool palettes, opt for our Monument shade, an ideal medium-hued taupe. Adaptable and timeless, consider this versatile option. 

Monument Limestone Tile


Elevate your space with a warm, traditional touch. Our limestone tiles in Buff are inspired by the signature vintage gold of antique limestone. 

Buff Limestone Tile

Pro Tip: For an especially of-the-moment take, select two different hues and create a checkerboard effect. Many top designers are opting for this trendy-yet-timeless design.

Your Contribution to History

Consider limestone for an interior or exterior project in need of a monumental touch. Impervious to staining, functionality meets aesthetic excellence in limestone tiles. Nature has provided us with spectacular resources, and we seek to use them responsibly and creatively. At Zia Tile, our goal is to provide an accessible solution for designers who crave the exceptional. Handcrafted tiles are a unique alternative to traditional, mass-produced materials. For an authentic space, limestone is unparalleled. Envision your home as an opportunity to add to architectural history.

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