THE WALL COV­ER­ING

BLUE AGATE

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Ital­ian brand An­tolini, known for its beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral stones, ex­ca­vated quar­ries ev­ery­where from Mada­gas­car to Brazil to gather slabs and shards of blue agate, which forms part of its ‘Pre­ciou­s­tone’ col­lec­tion. The sap­phire-hued fine-grain quartz is loved for its lay­ered for­ma­tion that makes for beau­ti­ful cross-sec­tions. Once the stones have been ar­ranged, bound to­gether with resin and pol­ished into slabs just over three cen­time­tres thick, you can pur­chase them off the peg (in ei­ther a 109x58-inch slab, or the new ex­tra-large 124x75-inch size) and even add back­light­ing to make the wall­cov­er­ing glow. Al­ter­na­tively, have your blue agate cut to a be­spoke size. While you can de­cide whether or not to be­lieve in the heal­ing and pros­per­ity-pro­mot­ing prop­er­ties of these gems, it’s hard to deny the wow-fac­tor of a wall sparkling with blues from mauve to cerulean (an­tolini.com).

Back­lit An­tolini ‘Blue Agate’ wall­cov­er­ing, from £5,200 per square me­tre, Mer­cado Da Pe­dra (mer­cado­dape­dra.com)

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