At Ca’ Pietra we know how important and essential our retailers are, so we love to share their story with you. This month we are shedding the showroom spotlight on Cornwall’s Blackman Rowe, a family-run business with a passion for all things stone, porcelain, decorative tiles and excellent customer service. Its roots lie in tile installation, where 50 years’ experience has been gained working on everything from contracts from the Imperial War Museum in London to Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, as well as many private projects.
In 2016 Blackman Rowe started supplying selected porcelain and stone to meet customer demand, opening its Truro showroom to great excitement. This innovative, inspirational destination space is where you’ll find everything you need for your next project. As Cornwall’s premier Ca’ Pietra retailer, it offers a huge variety of natural stone and encaustic tiles as well as durable, low maintenance porcelain for both walls and floors.
“The showroom will soon be heading into its sixth year,” says Deanna Bishop of Blackman Rowe, “and the brand is fast becoming the go-to destination for anyone seeking high quality products with a wide choice accompanied by great personal service. We work with a range of different customers including homeowners, architects, interior designers and contractors. Our handpicked collections of wall and floor tiles suit all domestic and commercial budgets.”
When you visit Blackman Rowe you’ll find high quality natural limestone, slate, marble and terracotta in a huge choice of sizes, styles and shapes, with finishes to complement or contrast any décor. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor design or both, blurring the boundaries between inside and out, there is a product that is the perfect fit. Within this stunning showroom there is so much inspiration for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, utility rooms, boot rooms, patios and BBQ areas as well as expert advice on choosing the right stone and tile to suit your needs.
“We have our own in-house marketing and social media team,” adds Deanna, “developing a new ecommerce website to showcase all of our interior and exterior tiles and natural stone ranges. We are avid Instagram users (@blackmanrowe) and we love to share both commercial and domestic projects, upcoming tile trends and high quality images of our ranges.”
Many of the team’s favourite projects include Ca’ Pietra tiles, which are used to great effect in these inspiring schemes. “Here we used Piazza Porcelain Geo Pearl for both walls and floors to create this contemporary and modern bathroom,” reveals Deanna. “The vivid light and dark speckles pick up the light so beautifully, creating a really clean, crisp Skandi feel.”
“And for this kitchen below,” she says, “our client came to us with ideas of using a natural stone flooring to give more of a traditional feel to an old property. We used the Neranjo limestone lightly tumbled and it was installed 60cm wide by random lengths throughout the whole ground floor. We then used the Tangier patterned encaustic tile to give a pop of colour and pattern to the splashback.”
The showroom is located between Truro and Falmouth, just off the A39 near Devoran. It’s child and dog-friendly and easy to find with ample free parking. It’s open six days a week Monday to Saturday. You can also ask the expert team to collate tile samples and ideas before you visit. Call 01872 864402 to arrange a convenient time.
You can visit Blackman Rowe at:
North Grange Industrial Estate,
Category: Showroom Spotlight