You’ve got to hand it to the folks over at the Kohler Co. and its many brands: no U.S.-based manufacturer can match their showmanship or their chutzpa. (Few can match their cool product designs either.) I was reminded of Kohler’s skill recently when I saw one of the latest introductions by Ann Sacks, the company’s premium tile brand. It’s called Shagreen, which is a collection of tiles made from the skin of stingrays. Why stingrays, you ask? Because it’s “long prized for its tactile quality and characteristic pointillist pattern.” Well…duh.
If you haven’t touched a stingray (I have, by the way), it has a rough sandpapery quality. This product, the company says, is slightly sanded to create a smooth surface that emphasizes the hide’s granular quality.” Each Shagreen tile is composed of the spine and skin of a stingray bordered in bone and features a spine marking called a “star” centering on the top,” the release says. Very seductive to the touch, the product is available in black and comes in tiles measuring 8 inches by 10 inches, 5 inches by 8 inches, and 4 inches by 5 inches.
So the question you’re probably wondering is how much these tiles will set you back. Well, Kimosabe, you’ll have to pony up $350 per square foot (!) to get this bad boy install in your house. www.annsacks.com.