Some are definitely for use in a feature area only - installed like art or across a smaller section of a wall, whereas others are subtle enough to be used across larger surfaces. Some tiles have the textural quality built in, other times the effect is created through creative installation. Either way, this look is a statement-maker for those who love a textural, beautiful, unique and hand crafted look with no need for splashy colors or shiny finishes.
This would be very difficult to produce with any other wall treatment (paint? wallpaper? Nope!) and is one of the ways that tile can really shine as part of a rooms decor, rather than just a surface necessity.
Top Image: Exciton XL by Giovanni Barbieri at Petra Stone
(Images: Janel Laban)