THE BEAUTY OF STONE HAS BEEN ADMIRED
FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS
Its core properties have been prized by sculptors throughout the centuries, leading the way in creating basic dwellings to soaring temples, together with floors, walls and roof tiles.
Once it was the only building material available and its strong and beautiful qualities ensure it remains a popular choice for walls and floor coverings.
Stone is quarried from where it has lain for millions of years, cut out from veins or strata and then shaped into blocks. It is further worked and finished according to its final purpose – polished, brushed, honed or tumbled. Each process reveals unique characteristics dependant on the rock from which it originated (see below).
If you are looking to immerse yourself in classic beauty and transform your walls and floors, natural stone is the perfect choice. Long lasting, cost effective and versatile,
it’s also at home with other materials and textures such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic and porcelain. Myriad colours and finishes together with inherent features of
veining and mottling make stone an interior designer’s dream. The natural choice for modern and traditional styles alike.
THE THREE TYPES OF ROCK
Solidified magma or lava formed after volcanic activity. Extremely hard.
Weathering of existing rocks produced sediment which settled in layers and gradually ‘lithified’ (turned to stone) by
compaction and cementation.
Examples: limestone, travertine.
Metamorphism is the transformation of one rock type into another, brought about by heat, pressure or chemically active fluids.
Examples: Marble (originally limestone or dolostone), slate (previously sedimentary
shale or mudstone).