Ancient Stone sinks worthy of designing your entire bathroom around.

If you are reading this, we are going to assume that you have encountered a bathroom sink before. Bathroom sinks are typically smaller than kitchen sinks (which must accommodate pots and pans) and have less function. Washing hands and faces, brushing teeth, and filling small cups are the main functions of a bathroom sink. They must also be hygienic, easy to clean, easy to reach, soft to the touch and of course very durable.

Once these basic parameters are met, bathroom sink design is up to anyone’s interpretation. As a result, many different sink styles and materials are on the market. As you read on, we’ve recapped the most popular options you are likely to encounter while going through our bathroom stone sinks catalogue.

 

Bathroom Basalt sinks

An elegant touch in any bathroom design can be realized with a rustic Basalt sinks. Just why is this so appealing?

Many like the black/white contrast that is created through the enlistment of an antique Basalt sink. Guests won’t help but to be transported back in time to a Victorian or Georgian era of the British Empire anytime they glance at your contrasted powder room design complete with its weathered West Indies style Basalt vessel.

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Bowl Shaped Sinks

Another trend is to replace existing sinks with thick solid stone vanities topped with a bowl-style vessel sinks.

They’re eye catching, unusual and add an edge to any personal style. Weathered bowl sinks add a frugal country cottage minimalism to traditional bathrooms. Bold limestone bowls have become a staple in contemporary and traditional bathrooms alike. Juxtaposing old with new has turned into a defining characteristic of our 2010-2020 design era.

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Bathroom Limestone Trough Sinks

Limestone has always been key to making bathrooms feel time-honored and serene. You want warmth? Add limestone! This design dogma isn’t reserved to contemporary bathrooms but has been known since the days of Minoan villa design some 5,000 years ago.

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More and more people have started to realize that elementally worn natural stone sinks are a must in any trend tolerant bathroom design worthy of a front cover feature in any national shelter magazine.

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There’s something to be said about stone that was softly eroded over centuries not by the sheer force of steel mallets but by the gentile & perpetual motion of soft rain droplets landing on its exposed surface sitting in nature for centuries.

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Bathroom His and Hers Sinks

His and Her’ bathroom sinks design layout helps to create a symmetry especially when the creations are monumental and artistic as in the case of pedestal sinks. Those sinks have much in common with outdoor wall mounted garden fountains and work very well with other classical bathroom features such as full hand carved marble tubs and period mirrors and sconces.

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Undermounted bathroom sinks

Undermounted bathroom stone sinks are sinks that are installed below the vanity or countertop and mount from below. Undermounted sinks hang flush or slightly below the countertop for a seamless look that is easy to clean.

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These sinks do not have a lip like drop-in sinks, leaving more counter space for toiletries and a smooth surface for cleaning. The Sink below brings a furniture-like feel to your bathroom vanity and go perfectly with the tub and chair.

Full length marble and limestone sinks

Those full length bathroom stone sinks are truly remarkable looking and just like trough sinks they will help you add volumes of sophistication, liveliness and playfulness to your bathroom.

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From pasture to kitchen, the journey of a French farm house sink

A water trough is a hand etched piece of a naturally occurring rock that the shepherd from thousands of years ago had found convenient to hollow out and retool into a rectangular shaped blocks, in order to fill up with water at various resting spots along their grazing trails for their cattle to rest and quench their thirst from.

A perfect ergonometrically carved limestone sink reclaimed from a French farmhouse.

As agrarian lifestyle took shape some 4,000 years ago in Europe and man slowly moved away from a hunter gatherer life style, Cattle breeding has also taken a geometric leap forward. During that period onward limestone Troughs have also taken an added role of enabling farm livestock to be kept well stocked up on drink water allowing for a greater animal population maintained at any given time.

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Whether assisting shepherds who were finding a hard time to provide water for their cattle when travelling long distances or servicing a growing flock of farmed animal back home, Limestone troughs offered an ever ready solution to shepherds, ranchers and farmers.

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Trough stone is almost always Oolitic in nature which enables it to hold a full body of water without it leaking out at any future point in time. This unique characteristic of Oolitic Stone made those antique troughs perfect candidates for them to be re-purposed into modern day French farmhouse sinks.

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Years later after pastures and growing animals started steadily to fall out of favor in the European countryside of France, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain and started becoming restricted to only a few regions, overnight we saw an abundance of antique and unused Limestone troughs fall into disuse.

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The owners of these old Stone vessels eventually didn’t see an economic reason to keeping them in their fields. Some went to auctions and others to private dealers such as us at Ancient Surfaces, who were more than happy to purchase them from their estates so that we can converted them into breath taking French farmhouse kitchen sinks.

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They are very rough looking from the outside but centuries of usage and exposure to the elements have made them very smooth to the touch so when you touched their surfaces it may feel like a surface of soap or even a smooth as angulating glass; very smooth yet very hard.

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The inside surface was cleaned up honed out by our artisans which made them very suitable to be used as sinks, eliminating all crevices on the inside surface reducing any chance of water stagnating inside those trough sinks.

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It’s amazing when you actually use a very old limestone through sink that looks very rough in a contemporary looking kitchen. A thick stone trough can also be incorporated in your modern kitchen and can go perfectly along with any ultra-modern steel appliance. This old and new juxtaposition gives an added historical context and value to the whole design of the kitchen.

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