Three-Inch Thick Paver Designs Available in the Opus Romano, French Versailles,
We use the name "Opus Romano" in our description and marketing material to help prevent name pattern confusion.
What many consider the "true" Opus Romano pattern includes the four different sizes, and while recurring, the design also fits or interlocks inside itself--- like a puzzle. This makes the pattern transitions indistinguishable as to where the pattern starts and where it finishes. The pattern flows as random pavers inter-woven within itself. Some people refer to this pattern as a French Versailles floor pattern, Roman Romano, Rome Opus, and other similar names. The pattern sizes are normally made by starting with either 6"x6" or 8"x8" tiles. The "six inch pattern" which makes up our Placid Paver style then proceeds to 6"x12', 12"x12" and then 12"x18". The "8 inch pattern" which we offer in our Wind-Swept Tile style proceeds from 8"x8" to 8"x16", 16"x16", then 16"x24".
This tile and stone pattern has always been popular in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean where Travertine, marble, or granite have been mostly used for flooring and walls. Recently though, there have been other materials used to make these shapes and sizes for the Opus Romano pattern. Most notably are cementitious (cement) tiles and concrete pavers that are becoming very popular both for their unlimited color possibilities, as well as their cost savings, range of applications, and availability. And now Olde World Stone offers instructions to turn just about any concrete product made into a Travertine finish through a simple technique illustrated on our Training and Instructions website.
Thus, we at Olde World Stone & Tile Molds, Inc. have created two new "products" in the Opus Romano pattern. One is a slip resistant tile with the face texture of a rough sea or field of wheat. We named the style "Wind Swept". And t he second product was actually the result of a customer's custom order request. They desired an extra thick, smooth, Driveway Paver that would handle the weight of an RV (recreational vehicle) load. They wanted it in a 6" Opus Romano format pattern. So we created 3" thick Driveway Pavers for them in the four (6" module) sizes needed to make the Opus Romano Pattern. (6"x6", 6"x12",12"x12", and 12"x18")
One of the benefits we offer our customers is our ability to design and make new molds so they can make their own custom stone products with our molds. And our molds do not have to be poured "full" thickness unless that is the thickness desired. Thus, the 3" thick Driveway Paver Mold can be poured as thin as 1/2" thick if a "tile" were needed. Or they can be poured to 1-1/2" thick if a Patio Paver were needed. And all of those sizes can come from the same mold.
Both of these styles of the Opus Romano Pattern have vertical sides and fairly sharp corners and edges, unlike most concrete tiles that have pillow or rounded edges. This allows installation with very minimal grout lines, and they may even be installed without grout between the tiles on walls or floors to allow a more uniform appearance. The thick Pavers have a slightly more rounded edge and wider space between them than the tile due to the thickness and need to be able to get the pavers out of the molds without sticking too badly. But as is evident in the two "Wind Swept" wall tile photos below, there are no grout lines showing.
The new three-inch thick "Placid" Paver face texture is as the name implies... smooth and flat. It too offers sizes to make the Opus Romano pattern for a driveway, patio, floor or wall, but is smooth, with no texture at all. It is available in a 6" Module, meaning that the smallest, or base module, is 6"x6" in size. The paver mold part numbers are as follows: P-06063 = 6"x6"x3", P-06123 = 6"x12"x3",
The "Placid" Style Paver Mold Sets Below are Considered a 6" Base Module at 3" Thick
3 Size Square Pattern in Wind-Swept
4 Size Square Pattern in Wind-Swept
Both the "Wind Swept" Tiles and the "Placid" style Thick Pavers are available in individual sizes, as well as in sets. For the Placid style pavers, the prefix is "P" instead of "WS" as they are Pavers. The "Wind Swept" Tile Molds are better described on their own page, and can be viewed by clicking the silver button below. Nominal Tile Mold Sizes Available Individually: 6"x6", 6"x12", 12"x12", 12"x18", 8"x8", 8"x16", 16"x16" and 16"x24". Pavers are available in the 6" Module size illustrated above only.
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The Three Most Popular Standard Patterns are below - The size layout is the same for 6" or 8" Module
Opus Romano 4 Size Interlocking Pattern Grouted Travertine Texture
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Examples of the Three Opus Romano Pattern Installations
P-1036-OR - 1.7 Sq. Ft. - Three Mold Set: ($39.95 Including Shipping)
P-5006-OR - 9 Sq. Ft. Interlocking 12 Mold Set: ($179.95 Including Shipping)
The patterns above are illustrated in an 8" module, but the layout is the same when using the 6" size paver module.
More Installation Examples of the Opus Romano Pattern
Stone finish with "chips" cut from edge. Travertine finish with white grout filling.
White cement marbleized with brown and yellow concrete color stirred into mix. Technique instructions are available on our www.TheMoldStore.info "Training and Instructions" website >
#P-06063 Driveway Paver
#P-06123 Driveway Paver
#P-12123 Driveway Paver
#P-12183 Driveway Paver