Descriptive Symbols

McCartneys Tiles Randalstown Descriptive Symbols

Like many of our brochures and catalogues from our Spanish & Italian factories, We have opted to include many of their descriptive symbols so that you – our customers – can easily analyse and evaluate whether each unique range is suited to your technical needs.

Primary Technical


Tile thickness in millimetres. Used to clearly indicate the thickness (or thicknesses) of the pieces within each range. This will allow you to properly plan for skirting boards, door thresholds etc. in your new-build or renovation project.


Also known as fully vitrified. This means that the indicated range/piece is the same colour from the surface to the under-belly of the tile. These are great for commercial or heavy duty areas as – if damaged through accidental excessive pressure or force – will show through as the same colour as the surface glaze.

Coloured body

Used to indicate ceramic, coloured bodied tiles. These tiles are suitable for low ware areas such as bathrooms and ensuites and should not be used in areas of high traffic such as kitchens, living areas etc.



Also known as matt finish. This finish can sometimes come with its own slip resistance rating (if indicated) – it will not be as slip resistant as ranges with an anti-slip finish however, it will provide some resistance.


Also known as semi-polished, semi-gloss or semi-sheened. This finish is a selectively gloss/polished which provides a truly unique look to any range that comes with it.

Polished / Gloss

Polished: Also known as pulido. These tiles are machine polished during the manufacturing process to produce a completely flawless, mirror-like finish.

Gloss: A gloss or glazed finish. This finish will give its ranges a glossy, sheened look.


Also known as a grip or relieve finish. This finish will be designated with a higher slip resistance rating than any natural/matt finish ranges. These ranges are ideal for outdoor or commercial use.

Factory Edges / Surfaces


A non-rectified, factory pressed edge.


A factory-cut, rectified edge. Factory finished to a perfect 90 degrees.


A rustic, chiselled chateau stone effect edge.


This indicates that a range holds a piece or decor with an undulating or raised surface.

Piece Variations

Light Variation

Signifying that the indicated range has some mild variation.

Moderate Variation

Signifying that the indicated range has some noticeable variation in prints, colours or tones.

High Variation

Signifying that the indicated range has a vast array of variation throughout the prints.

This variation can be readily seen in wood or marble effects where the veins or knots vary to allow a natural finish.

Range Designations

This shows that the indicated range is made of porcelain and is suitable for both wall and floor tiling if the suggested wall can support it’s weight.

Porcelain tiles are thicker than wall tiles and thus will carry substantially more weight.

This shows that the indicated range is designated suitable for wall tiling ONLY. This can be marked on both base pieces or decor pieces within each range. Our wall tiles will be made of one of three materials; White-body ceramic, Red-body ceramic or Porcelain.

This shows that the indicated range includes complementary mosaic pieces.

This shows that the indicated range includes complimentary special pieces. Special (or exclusive) pieces are patterns, prints or colours unique to that range.

This shows that the indicated range includes outdoor or technical porcelain pieces. These include through-body and 20mm outdoor pieces.