Stone flaming or thermaling is the application of high temperature to the surface of stone to make it look like natural weathering. The sudden application of a torch to the surface of stone causes the surface layer to expand and flake off, exposing rough stone.
Flaming works well on granite, because granite is made up of minerals with differing heat expansion rates.
Remember several years ago, when the textured finish was all the rage on walls? Oh yeah, I jumped on that bandwagon and did a faux finish on my walls. It brings an aged appearance to the walls and adds a new depth of color. Now, those same sorts of options are available on many kinds of stone. Two of these new looks are called flamed and brushed.
As far as textured tile, many of us are familiar with slate as one of the most common forms. This tile has a textured finish that occurs naturally when it is split. Another common finish is the polished look, which is highly glossy, most commonly seen in marble. I’ve also seen the leather effect on granite and marble, which gives a slightly less glossy appearance than normal. But the new options of flamed and brushed are quite interesting as well.