Pyrite by ANN SACKS®
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2012) – ANN SACKS, a premier manufacturer and distributor of tile, introduced Pyrite as part of its new product line-up at the 2012 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. This innovative surface material is fashioned from naturally occurring pyrite in a random patterning that emphasizes its inherent mineral properties. The carefully composed pyrite tiles are a tightly hand-fitted mosaic that resembles a puzzle-like jigsaw, which expertly undergo careful polishing and antiquing techniques exclusive to ANN SACKS. These methods reveal the reflective, luminescent qualities of the stone and result is a finished look that is a distinctive combination of refined and raw.
The metal itself has a long and storied history; its name comes from the Greek “pyr” for “fire” because early on it was discovered that it sparked when struck by another rock or mineral. The iridescence that occurs when light hits the imbedded minerals inspired shamans and healers to assign magical traits and healing properties to the stone. Native Americans took advantage of its radiant properties and polished large slabs of it until they could be used as mirrors, and its glittering nature duped prospectors, giving the stone its nickname: “Fool’s Gold.”
Available in 6” x 6”, 6”x12”, and 12”x12” tiles, Pyrite by ANN SACKS comes in several finishes: gold or silver antiqued, gold or silver polished, and a mix of both.
Founded in 1981, ANN SACKS has built its reputation with inspiring designs in tile, stone, plumbing, lighting and accessories. Based in Portland, Ore., the company is a division of the Kohler Co. Interiors Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kohler Co., which also includes Kallista plumbing, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms and Baker Stores, McGuire Furniture Company, and Mark David hospitality furniture.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.
For additional information regarding Pyrite or other ANN SACKS products, consumers can call toll-free 1-800-278-TILE or visit the ANN SACKS website at www.annsacks.com.