The distinctive features & Our selection criteria

Cover Article: The distinctive features & Our selection criteria

Natural stone has always been considered a  material of prestige and undoubted charm. It may seem a delicate material or suitable only in luxury environments but natural stone is instead resistant and today available in different shapes and finishes, accessible to all. In addition to the purely aesthetic aspects, it has characteristics of strength, compactness and durability, which make it superior to factory products. Have we ever wondered why – for example – chefs, pastry chefs, pizza makers prefer marble worktops? Why do you cook on lava stone? Why is the mortar, in which traditionally Genovese pesto is prepared, made of marble? Or, again, why are the wheels that crush the olives in oil mills to extract the oil from them in granite? Why is lavèc still used in Valtellina, a soapstone pot that dates back to the Iron Age? Why are wall tiles still made of natural stone? Natural stone is fireproof, hygienic, non-toxic, ecological. Furthermore, each stone is unique, a real “archive” of the events it has undergone along its path of formation over the millennia. This long “conception” is at the origin of the colour variations, shadows and veins, which are the distinctive features of each individual stone. Furthermore, the surface can be worked in many ways and allows to obtain any desired effect (glossy, matt, satin, bush-hammered, smoothed, brushed, etc.). Natural stone is also with low environmental impact: it must only be worked and not produced, with minimum energy consumption and maximum respect for the environment; it does not require mixtures with resins, glues, coloured pigments, chemicals; it does not release harmful substances or toxic to human health; the quarries used today for the extraction of the stone, once exhausted, involve works of environmental reconstruction (greening and reforestation); in the stone production cycle, there is practically no waste and it is infinitely recyclable. Compared to its many qualities, few – after all – are the “enemies” of natural stone; in general, speaking of worktops: scratches, abrasions and stains which, however, with the right precautions, can be avoided or – at least – contained. Natural stone can be subjected to specific protective treatments to protect it from corrosive agents such as acid substances (lemon, vinegar, tomato), to make it impermeable to oils (thus avoiding stains) and to retain its original brightness. These treatments can be repeated periodically and without having to resort to experts. Routine maintenance of natural stone is simple and takes little time. To obtain a fast and effective cleaning, water and a normal mild detergent are sufficient. However, it is important to remove dirt immediately, because over time,  substances can penetrate the pores of the material.

Our selection criteria

Several, the criteria applied by our executive for the selection of the raw materials of the new Masutti Natural Stones line. Not only – therefore – strict quality controls, clearly necessary and undisputed, but implementation of principles referable to:

  • technical features
  • origin
  • continuity
  • size of the slabs
  • colour variations
  • price range

The first selection criterion first examined the technical features of each type of raw material and then an evaluation based on the peculiarities of every single material. Having the possibility to choose a huge range of natural stones, Masutti narrows the circle to marble and granite, raw materials whose properties of compactness, durability and resistance are more suited to the creation of worktops and furnishing accessories. A second important criterion, the country of origin. We have given priority, as far as possible, to the stones of Italian origin, full of history and memory. Our quarries include over 2000 years of tradition, art and culture, places that have been indirect protagonists of important events, starting from the Romans up to our times. Italian natural stone is a product unchanged over time, among the most  luxurious in the world, whose popularity is unmatched. However, some varieties from the African and Asian continents, interesting in structure, colouring and veining, have not been overlooked.

A third parameter, the continuity in obtaining the material. We believe that it is absolutely necessary to be able to guarantee customers and the market itself a constant availability of the raw materials proposed, therefore referring to supply basins and dynamics of circulation of the material that ensure a long-lasting and constant supply.

The size of the slabs. This is also an important discriminatory element. We have researched and selected raw materials able to guarantee slabs with dimensions such as to make kitchen countertops with as few joints as possible. Sizes that help to create an elegant visual effect given by the continuity of the surface, avoiding or – at least – minimizing the “unsightly” impact of the joints.

Colour variations. A right range of options, without however making the proposal chaotic and therefore confusing the choice. A variety of nuances and colours within the palette of the most classic shades, without however forgetting some fashion trends: from black to grey, from green to brown, from white to beige. “Neutral” colours but at the same time intense, never dull. Colours synonymous with elegance and eternal style. Balanced colours, which create extraordinary chromatic games of harmonies and contrast, without forgetting a certain ease in the combination of them in already furnished environments.

Deliberately last, the price factor. Always proposing a material of the highest quality, we considered it correct to offer more product ranges and – consequently – different price, in order to be able to respond to the requests and needs of different types of customers. A product, ours, very close to the “tailormade”. From the most popular range to the high-profile one, passing through an intermediate proposal, we try to satisfy every need, without neglecting quality requirements and performances.

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