Last week, Steve and Denise visited the Ampilly quarry in Burgundy, France, to research options for an upcoming project. We were looking for a French limestone flooring that could be supplied in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and surface finishes and could also be cut for steps and wall copings. We had used Ampilly for the terrace at Amarestone HQ (pictured below) so it is a stone that we already knew quite well but this was the first time we had made it out to the quarry.
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Topics: limestone flooring, French limestone, burgundy limestone, facade, beauval, surface finishes, pierre de bourgogne, choosing natural stone, CE Marking, chamesson, natural stone, quarry, patio, external stone, internal stone
A few years ago, I came across the Chamesson limestone that had an off-white background with a faint scattering of grey shells that drifted across the face of the stone in wispy lines. For a pale limestone, it was unusually hard and it was perfect for a project to create some display cabinets for a famous perfume and underwear company. We supplied limestone panels for their perfume displays that can still be seen in a number of airport duty free centres around Europe.
A new Limestone Patio for Summer.
Believe it or not, if you want a new garden patio area in time for summer, now is the time to get planning. Read on for technical advice and a range of design ideas to help get your project started.
The 5 most common myths about Marble and Limestone:
Here's a quick summary of the 5 most common myths that we hear when we talk to people on our stand at the exhibitions. A lot of the comments relate to misunderstandings about sealing and maintenance. Some of them are discussed here:
During a visit to Marmomacc, the international natural stone show in Verona in October this year, I had another look at the fabulous range of limestone from Luis Sanchez Diez that I spoke about below. I'm pleased to say that a new batch of samples arrived in my warehouse recently. Please get in touch if you would like to see the new range.
Topics: limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles
Alternative marbles from Spain:
In an earlier blog, I talked about Crema Marfil and how difficult it was becoming to find really top-quality material.
Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, which stone, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles
Cleaning a Limestone Patio
How easy is that!
Natural stone is a perfect choice for using outside the house as well as inside. But the main questions that we hear time and time again are, "Is it hard to keep stone clean?" or sometimes, "But doesn't the grout stain easily and look horrible very quickly?"
Topics: stain, limestone, limestone flooring, clean, restore limestone, sealer, stone, French limestone, seal limestone, limestone tiles, burgundy limestone, cleaning, sealing, protection, seal marble, pierre de bourgogne, renovate limestone, external stone
Good News: French Limestone back on the agenda
We've just had some excellent news from our friends in France. After last year's bad news, they have now restructured and we can once again source the widest range of top quality French limestone and marble for tiles, slabs and bespoke pieces. The range includes many of the world renowned Burgundy limestones as well as a few new ones from quarries that were not previously on our list.
French Limestone - choosing the right one:
I was approached a little while ago to source some French limestone flooring for a private customer who was renovating a kitchen in an old house. I asked which particular French stone they had in mind and the reply came back that, "French Limestone is French Limestone, isn't it? Isn't it all the same thing?"
Cleaning and Maintenance of Marble and Limestone Floors and Worktops
How many times have you heard of someone who has been put off using natural stone in their bathroom or kitchen because they are worried about keeping it clean? Sadly, it's something we often hear but it's very easy to avoid problems.