25 01, 2018


January 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Tequis

Even in the rolling hills north of Mexico City, America has found Tequisquiapan. Last October I had the opportunity to visit this small town, central in the region of Huichapan. It's a beautiful place. The cobblestone streets are quiet in the afternoons while the bougainvilla drapes across street signs and wrought iron window surrounds. We're [...]

29 06, 2017

Middle Schooler’s Carving Out New Designs

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Middle Schooler’s Carving Out New Designs

Over the past 11 weeks, 30 eighth grade students have immersed themselves into the fundamentals of classical architecture. This program, New Heights, was initiated by the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The combined involvement of the ICAA, Michael G Imber Architects, Alamo Heights Junior High School teacher Casey Fallis, and Materials Marketing's own [...]

9 11, 2016

Autunno in Italia

November 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Autunno in Italia

Words & Images by Tim Roberts, VP   After 43 years in the tile and stone industry, my annual trip to Italy for two of the world's biggest industry conventions is necessary to keep pace with materials, new products, and the very latest in technology. The industry tends to "release" whatever is new there. For [...]

7 07, 2016

New Colors and Mouldings for 2016

July 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Colors and Mouldings for 2016

From left to right: Breccia Fiore, Pearl, Statuario Colorado, Calacatta Golden, Calacatta Lincoln, Danby Grey, Breccia Bianco, Tawny, Breccia Nuvole, Aspen Grey, Breccia Marrone   In the spirit of our Independence Day celebrations, Materials Marketing is excited to announce the release of new American quarried colors and mouldings, available immediately. From Colorado and [...]

9 06, 2016


June 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Colonnata

There's a moment, when you sit down to eat the lardo di colonnata, that history becomes very present. There might not be a better symbol that encapsulates Colonnata and the surrounding region of Carrara. Cured meat is nothing new in Italy, however this lardo is deserving of attention. Slaves from the Roman era to the anarchist quarry workers [...]

1 06, 2016

Garden Party

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone, Landscaping Trends|Comments Off on Garden Party

Recently at Materials Marketing, we celebrated the grand opening of our new Garden Showroom. Showcasing what our capabilities are at MML, the event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with some of our local designers, clients, and colleagues. Live music, BBQ from Smoke Shack, and libations were an exceptional way to celebrate the end of [...]

5 05, 2016

Design and Direct Source

May 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Design and Direct Source

  San Antonio-based Materials Marketing™ announces the strategic acquisition of Portland-based Design and Direct Source (DDS) to its ever-growing family of companies. Founded in 2007 and operated by the well-known industry icon, Ann Sacks, DDS under Ann’s leadership sells and markets to hospitality and commercial projects around the country, working directly with architects and interior [...]

7 12, 2015

Color of the Year 2016

December 7th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Color of the Year 2016

Pantone, the international colorists, announced the Color of the Year 2016 last week. In a departure from previous form, the "color of the year" is actually two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Let's invest a bit of time in this space to investigate the downstream impact that the announced colors have and then suggest a [...]

2 12, 2015

British Regency Fireplaces

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Stone Fireplace Mantels|Tags: |Comments Off on British Regency Fireplaces

Architectural components from the British Regency period remain remarkably relevant in present day design plans. Perhaps the easiest examples in the world of a luxury stone purveyor, such as Materials Marketing, are Regency fireplaces. Let's set the stage for this post with a bit of historical reference. The Prince Regent The "Regent," for [...]

11 11, 2015

Shading in Natural Stone

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shading in Natural Stone

Shading in Natural Stone is an inherent and desired characteristic. Let’s get that point across very early in this post. Like snowflakes and people, it is safe to say that no two pieces of stone are exactly alike. Even if two slabs were cut from the same block the visual results will differ. Therefore, we suggest [...]