STEENGOED IN NATUURSTEEN - LA PLUS BELLE EN PIERRE NATURELLE

 

Our product range is made up of natural stones from countries such as Vietnam, India and Morocco. Our stocks range in size from 10cm x 10cm to 1m x 1m. Below, you can read some more information about our products.

 

Asian Bluestone

Bluestone is a limestone rock of a blue-grey colour, characterised by the remains of skeletons of crinoids. Bluestone contains +/- 96% Calcite (CaCO3), a dominating mineral that appears in most limestone rock. This rock formation, limestone, normally contains a high amount of petrified fauna. In some cases, these are visible at the stone’s surface.

Other terms for this rock formation are: Bluestone, Blue Stone, Hardstone, Arduin or Crinoid Limestone.

 

Note: First of all, we must differentiate between the different types of Asian Blue Stone that exist - particularly between the Vietnamese Asian Blue Stone and the Chinese Jinin Stone. While both of these are similar in colour to the Belgian Bluestone and both appear in stores as Blue Stone; only the Vietnamese Asian Blue may truly call itself Bluestone. This is because of its petrografical characteristics. The biggest difference between the two stones is that the Vietnamese stone has more colour nuances than the Belgian one; otherwise the two stones are very similar. This is in contrast with the Chinese Jinin Stone, which is not a Bluestone at all; it is just a limestone with a high amount of dolomite.

 

Indian Kandla

Indian Kandla is sedimentary sandstone. One of its characteristics is a slight difference in colour between the different stones. This is created due to the deposition of grains of sand and other materials, such as calcium, grit, feldspar, etc. The most common colour of the kandla-rock is a multicolour-brown or grey. Indian kandla, platines, Indian sandstone, Indian sett, or Indian cobblestone can be used for any application in and around the house. One of the main characteristics of the stone is its rough surface and its simplicity in terms of maintenance. Because of this, the stone is mostly used for outside-pavement.

 

Vietnamese Basalt

Vietnamese Basalt is a mafic, fine-grained volcanic rock. This rock is formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava when it’s exposed near the surface. Basalt almost always has a fine-grained mineral texture due to cooling which took place too quickly for large mineral crystals to grow. Other terms for Basalt are Vinabasalt or Oriental Basalt. Because of its rougher surface, this stone is perfect for outside pavements.

 

Moroccan Zelliges

Zellige is a Moroccan artistic form of rock with square mosaics, where warm-coloured tiles are treated with unleaded glazed terracotta. These patterns are used for floor-and wall coverings. These clay-made tiles usually have irregular surfaces as well as subtle, slight colour-changes that vary from tile to tile. Due to these characteristics, the Zellige gives rise to a complete, authentic look. The difference in Zelliges is not only in its colour or size, but primarily in its quality. Other terms for Moroccan Zelliges are: zillij, zellij, mosaics and wall-tiles.

 

Moroccan Limestone

The Isola Beige is a Moroccan Limestone (grainstone) made from the sedimentation of fossils, sand, gravel and crystals. Due to its beige-brown colour, this stone is perfect for indoor and outdoor settings. Frost-free and easily maintainable, this stone is suitable for borders, terrace-tiles or flooring. Other terms for this stone are: Zola or Moroccan Limestone.