This finish is obtained by brushing the stone with a coarse rotary-type wire brush. A brushed finish makes marble look like it was installed ages ago, giving it a natural and antique look. To get the brushed look, manufacturers gently brush the surface of marble until it becomes textured. The result is a warm, aged worn look.
Brushed surface finish is also called “Leathering”. Leathering is the process of texturing marble to appear less glossy. The result of this type of finishing is a slightly undulating surface, very soft, warm and smooth to the touch. Leathering starts with a honed surface and adds texture. Additionally, it closes the pores of the stone (compared to honing) and retains the color better than honing.