I ordered these for the backsplash in our kitchen makeover, and they came quick, well packed, and there was not a broken one in the bunch (I had ordered extra to allow for this). When installed, they are really beautiful and draw a low of comments from my wife's friends who view the new kitchen. I highly recommend this product and seller!
After many weeks of searching and requesting samples, I finally settled on this beautiful tile. I cannot be more pleased. The tiles arrived very fast and were packaged so well. Not a single one arrived broken. I live in New Jersey and they were shipped from California so I was very impressed with the way they were packaged. The tiles were easy to install. The colors are beautiful and truly complete the overall vision I had for my new kitchen. They are a show piece and I have received many compliments from our friends.
The Scabos has great color variance, and only small to medium pockets. If you like less red, yellow, brown and an overall lighter tile, the Philadelphia is just that, though you'll need to assemble your own patterns. Both are great, though the Philly has some big swaths of very light.
We chose The 3-piece Scabos pattern for our backsplash. We're using the 3x6 Scabos Tiles for our window sill. The Scabos 12" Quarter-Round is doing our right angles (it's not really quarter round, but it works the same way, only larger). Finally, along the top edge, we're using the 1/2" Pencil Liner which is basically 1/2" thick bull-nose. It's almost an inch deep, which is a little more than we want, but we hope to use a thicker layer of mortar under the tiles to keep the liner from sticking out as far.
Anyway, all that, for our planning. Why? Because we love this tile. We bought a samples of all of them, the hex, 1", 2", 1x2, 2x4, 4", 3x6, 4x6, 6x6 and were VERY happy with all of them. The Scabos is best for us because of the amount of variance in color. It helps offset some of the pattern repetition without standing out.
If you want a more traditional, lighter limestone color, then pick the Philadelphia tiles and use a light, thin grout. Alternatively, you could get 1x2 and 2x4 tiles and stack them. It's much more tile to use, but will give you an interesting look if your counter can hold the weight, or if you anchor a mesh to your wall to hold the mortar.
I have purchased several products from Oracle tile and their products are accurately represented in the description and images. I used this tile behind my stove and it looks great. I chose not to use grout so the look is very rustic and I love it. These tiles are very easy to install and cutting wasn't a problem (they didn't crack or crumble) Great customer service from Oracle staff.
The picture and the sample I received looked fine, just what I wanted. When I made order for 25 square ' the tiles were not the same as the sample...mostly whites and light grays, some broken. Company says I'm wrong, having difficult time returning. THE 5 STAR RATING IS FOR THE SAMPLE ONLY....ORDER OF SUPPOSEDLY SAME TILE GETS NO STAR FOR NO MATCH
I did some floor workin my bath and entry, the tile was perfect for both jobs. Very clean and well cut. The colours were very very close to the photos in the ad, I am very pleased with the oreder. Thanks Amazon for stocking them.
Solid construction, and they were perfect for crafting. A couple arrived broken, but they sent new ones right away, so it wasn't a big deal. Be aware of the fact that they have some big dips in them, so if you need a flattish surface, this isn't it.