Black is a color which results from the absence or complete absorption of visible light. It is an achromatic color, without hue, like white and gray. It is often used symbolically or figuratively to represent darkness. Black and white have often been used to describe opposites such as good and evil, the Dark Ages versus Age of Enlightenment, and night versus day. Since the Middle Ages, black has been the symbolic color of solemnity and authority, and for this reason is still commonly worn by judges and magistrates.Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings. It was used in ancient Egypt and Greece as the color of the underworld. In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches, and magic. In the 14th century, it was worn by royalty, clergy, judges and government officials in much of Europe. It became the color worn by English romantic poets, businessmen and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century. According to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force, violence, evil and elegance.Black ink is the most common color used for printing books, newspapers and documents, as it provides the highest contrast with white paper and thus is the easiest color to read. Similarly, black text on a white screen is the most common format used on computer screens. As of September 2019, the darkest material is made by MIT engineers from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes.

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    Black limestone questions!

    We have just laid an outdoor patio and path using black limestone (now wishing I’d perhaps looked in this forum first)! It hasn’t yet been sealed or grouted, but is already extremely dirty with cement residue etc etc. 1. Recommendations for a suitable cleaner (I know we can’t use anything...
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    Desperatley Seeking Seramiksan Teos Black 33 x 33 Tiles

    Does anyone know how I can get hold of some discontinued Seramiksan Teos Black 33 x 33 tiles. I need about 10 to replace broken tiles that usve been removed. I have been to just about every tile supplier in my area (and there is a lot) and I have tried to search for them on the Internet but I am...
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    1920s/30s Black and White Tile Restoration Advice Needed

    I've recently bought a house dated around the 1920/30s and found black and white tiles underneath the carpet in the hallway. I've already cleaned the majority of the grime away, including paint marks, stiff glue and dirt, however there's a few parts I really can't rectify: Yellow/brown...
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    black title lost gloss after cleaning with a product

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    White adhesive residue stuck to black slate effect tiles.

    I’ve got some white adhesive residue stuck to the surface of black slate effect tiles. Give them a wipe with a damp cloth and the residue is invisible but when it drys it becomes noticeable again. Tried hard bristle brush with boiling water but due to the texture of the tile I just can’t get...
  6. Adamwaymouth

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    Restoring black tiles

    Hi My daughter has black slate tiles on her patio, they have become grey and stained with a white residue, I have tried pressure washing and scrubbing etc but no change. What product would restore them back to black please Thanks Peter
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    Best black metal tile trims

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    Stained black tiles

    Hello! Iv recently bought this house and iv noticed that the bathroom tiles go white after they are dry. Iv tried cleaning it with vinegar, CLR and generic cleaning products. I don’t even know what it is. Please help me!
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    Black limestone stains

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    Soft black adhesive removal

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    Black limestone

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on how to lay black limestone but it’s pretty up in the air. Should I fully seal all six sides prior to laying the stone or simply brush a sbr mix onto the back of the slabs. Obviously I want to reduce the amount of stains rising through the stone. Also if I was...
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    Black Furan grout fading to white

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    Black asphalt help

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    Removing white marks from black bathroom tiles

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