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Vessel sinks: The facts

The concept of the vessel sink dates back to the time before plumbing. At that time, the sink was a basin which was filled with water. Vessel sinks are no longer a necessity but a choice. The sinks allow you the freedom to place on a vanity which can be part of a set or another piece of furniture of your choice. There are four kinds of vessel sinks.

Pottery

The pottery sink is reminiscent of the wash basins. These sinks are made from vitreous china or ceramic. These sinks can be plain or painted, with or without a drain or overflow. The height of the sides can vary as well. While many of the vessel sinks are quite tall, some of the sinks have shorter sides, making the vessel sinks quite shallow. The vessel sinks can also be of different shapes, such as ovals, triangles, rectangular or square. UK India Bathroom Store, UK Bathrooms, Plumbworld, B&Q, Bathroom Heaven, Unique Vessel Sink and Victorian Plumbing carry these sinks. You can buy them on eBay as well.

Metal

The metal of the sink can be made of bronze, copper, or stainless steel. The vessels have a smooth finish, while others look as though they have just been hammered. Their exterior and interior can be highly polished. UK India Bathroom Store, Twenga and others carry these sinks. You can also buy them on eBay.

Glass

The vessel sinks can be plain or coloured, smooth or frosted, and have designs pressed on them as well. Some of the glass sinks come with waterfalls. Twenga, Glass Basins Plus, MyeFox, Unique Vessel Sinks and Giant carry glass sinks. These sinks are also available through eBay. Truly unique glass vessel sinks are available at Alchemy Glass. Contact them to order a custom glass vessel sink.

Stone

The vessel sink can be made of stone which is either smooth or chisel-finished. These vessel sinks look very rustic. Marble can be smooth or with a "tiki finish", or with tall, swooping sides like a slipper clawfoot bath, thick and chunky or very thin. The stone can even be shaped in such a way that it looks like an urn. Stone vessel sinks can be available on eBay, UK India Bathroom Twenga, and more.

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