Brass taps have been available for some time now. But it is particularly unlacquered brass that is proving most popular.

Unlacquered brass taps and shower fittings are not as shiny as the lacquered versions, but they bring depth and character to a bathroom setting.

To keep brass glossy and bright many manufacturers add a coat of lacquer. However this can scratch and peel in time and the brass underneath is often inferior quality (for un-lacquered brass fittings, the brass must be of good quality to start with as it is exposed.)

If you want to keep your unlacquered brass in its original condition you can polish it regularly. However, the joy of this finish is that, if left alone, it develops a natural patina with use. This is why it is often referred to as living brass.

First image: Acme wall mounted basin mixer

Second image: Axis basin tap

Stockist: Aston Matthews
Tel: 020 7226 7220 or www.astonmatthews.co.uk