A quarry is a place where rocks, sand, or minerals are extracted from the surface of the Earth. We provide our buyers with excellent products. All of our stones- granite, marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, quartzite, et al - come from the best quarries around the world.
When researching about the materials that will go into our projects we tend to find out everything we can about the stone. However, the quality of the stone is directly related to where it comes from.
Naturally, we thought you’d be interested in submerging yourself in the world of quarries so we’ve put together some facts for you.
- Quarries have been used for thousands of years. The first quarries were mined in the Aswan area of Egypt with hammers, picks and by hand to extract massive limestone and granite blocks that would come to build the Great Pyramids.
- The most famous quarry in the world is located in Tuscany, Italy. The marble quarries of Carrara have been used to extract precious white marble since the Roman Empire. Micheal Angelo favored Carrara marble over all and built some of his most famous artworks like the David and Pietà from it. Today, it is still considered the best, most beautiful and luxurious marble in the world.
Along with Carrara some of the most famous quarries around the world include:
- The Pentelic and Paros queries in Greece. The only place where pure white marble can be obtained.
- The Portland England Quarry. Home of the most famous limestone, buildings like Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London and the UN building in New York were built out of this quarry.
- The Rock. Biggest granite quarry in the world, can be spotted from outer space. Located in North Carolina in the USA.
- There are quarries all around the world where natural stones are extracted from. A quarry in Pakistan produces gorgeous onyx. Regions in eastern Europe like Poland and Turkey produce top notch travertine and some of the most beautiful hued marble can be found in Spain.
- Generally speaking quarries are one of the most beautiful sights in nature. The mountains of Carrara marble look white and reflect light all year round. Plus, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world is a travertine quarry. Pamukkale, located in Turkey and considered the 8th wonder of the world currently used as a natural park pool. When quarries are not used for mining anymore they are turned into reservoirs by being filled with water.
Take a look at our past blog entries to learn more about where our stones come from and browse through our webpage to see all the materials that are currently available in stock.