Sand is a very natural and unrefined element of nature that is present almost everywhere. The beauty in the texture of sand lies in the amazing contours it can take and the innumerable designs it naturally creates. Sand texture is widely used in web design and its types are far too many. From varying colours, shapes, lines, silhouettes, formations and appearance, sand texture is a great tool for web designers because of the infinite options it has. You may also see Gravel Textures
Sand can be grainy or smooth, dark or light, wet or dry and every form of sand provides a unique texture. Fine dry sand from the deserts is a great texture for using as a background in minimally designed web pages. This is because of the smoothness and seamlessness in the texture of sand. You may also see Chalkboard Textures
Coarse and beach kind of sand texture is widely used to give detail to the background in web sites where a lot of colour is used. Sand is also very soothing to look at and so is often used to neutralize graphical elements.
Sand texture is very subtle and gives a very natural and raw look. Therefore it is widely used graphically in web design elements like icons. Because of its versatility with colours, texture and scope for design, it is and will remain one of the most popularly used textures. You may also see Moss Textures