18 Jan OMEXCO Wallcoverings Collection – GRAPHITE
Mica or “vermiculite” is a mineral formed out of a chemical reaction between quartz and granite. Exposed to extreme heat, the mineral expands into pieces 2000 or even 3000 % of their original size, in a spectrum of brilliant colours. The characteristics of this mineral have been known in Japan for 6 centuries. Mica is also known as “miracle stone”, or “breathing stone”. After the mica has been heat-expanded, it is crushed into small pieces and glued on a nonwoven backing. Finally, the surface is coloured.
The wallcovering collection “Graphite” comprises endless variations on mica: the popular structured mica is combined with mica shells, with mica mixed with recycled paper, with a very naturallooking mixed-sized mica. Some items are printed with a pattern reminding raked sand in japanese zen-gardens, others are embossed with metallic foil, in a tiny square design or an elegant wave.
The natural sparkle of the mineral stones enhance dark colours like graphite, night blue, onyx; they confer a mother-of-pearl glow to gold, cream, grey; they brighten up purple, anthracite, brown, charcoal. Metallic foil adorns the mica stones with touches of yellow and white gold, platina, silver, copper, aluminium.
The wallcoverings have a non-woven backing, which makes the installation easy (application of glue on the wall – no humidifcation of the back). They are all ecological, and have a good fire rating (EU B S1 D0). Width is 91 or 92 cm.
All items are supplied cut length (no minimum order).
Capiz shells, often referred to as “glass oysters” because of their translucent appearance, thrive well in the coastal waters of the Philippines, more specifically in the province of Capiz, where the shells are harvested every fourth month.