Material of the week: LimestoneSat, Oct, 2013
Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely by calcite at the bottom of the sea from marine organisms which were gradually eroded by water during a period of thousands to millions of years.
There are many different types and colors depending on which era these were formed: Jurassic limestone is usually yellowish and soft. Carboniferous is harder and greyish (made out of coral remains) and the Cretaceous type is usually really white and chalky (made from the skeletons and fossils) to name a few.
Stone name: Venus Bianca
Applications: Interiors, floors and walls
Popular Limestone applications and buildings: Limestone is a preferred material by architects and interior designers especially in Europe and the US due to its versatility, ease of use and competitively priced bracket.
There are many buildings and landmarks across the world made out of limestone
The limestone from Tura, found deep underground was one of the finest and whitest materials in Egypt used for tombs, walls and floors in the pyramids.
There are many places in the UK made with limestone. Most of the material was formed in the Jurassic period and quarried in the Isle of Portland in the county of Dorset.
Portland Stone has been widely used in the United Kingdom in many public establishments:
Another major public building with Portland Stone as a protagonist is Buckingham Palace in London:
There are literally hundreds of different types of Limestone. We will aim to cover a few on this post.
Tumbled limestone undergoes a process by which the stone will look worn and weathered whilst retaining its toughness
The owners chose pale limestone tiles for the walls and bath panels. They also had a built a marble sink and a vanity top made out of Pierre de Calisa.
Travertino Classico close up from our MKW Surfaces catalogue
Limestone floor tiles with Soapstone worktops at the Texas Estate. Image@priceypads.com