What is a lappato finish on tile?

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Lappato finish is basically a shiny texture that is added to the surface of the tile to give it a semi gloss appearance.  Natural finish tiles are finished with a matte finish that provides little or no sheen.  Lappato finish tiles are typically used in conjunction with natural finish tiles and placed in areas to highlight or accent a specific space such as an entry or elevator waiting area.