Imperial Porphyry in the Vatican

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Porphyry pavers in various sizes are used now to improve the surfaces of all hardscape projects. Once, there was a more decorative use for porphyry in the interior. Rome and especially the Vatican are filled with imperial porphyry. The museums, churches and chapels of Vatican City have more imperial porphyry as sculpture and decoration than […]

Porphyry Paver Landscaping Ideas

Porphyry pavers make an exceptional addition to any landscaping project.  They are durable, non-slippery, and even get more beautiful as they age.  Here are some ideas to incorporate porphyry into your next project: Replace old concrete slabs with pavers in your patio or BBQ area. Create a meandering path or walkway through your garden. Use […]

Porphyry: The stone for everyone

Putting Personality into Design People pour their heart and souls into their homes. Home is where special memories are created and milestone moments of people’s lives occur. So it makes sense that your home should reflect you, right? If you’re a functional, low maintenance person than porphyry pavers are for you. They require little to […]

Natural Stone Permeable Paving System

Permeable paving systems are getting a lot of attention and are becoming a part of construction codes in many areas recognizing the need for innovative stormwater management measures.   The primary purpose in the design of a permeable paving system is to effectively reduce and manage the quantity of surface rain water runoff while accommodating […]

Porphyry Stone Among Incredible Art

Porphyry in this installation is paired with other beautiful stones and mosaics for an amazing experience.  When I have visited other Porphyry installations, the Porphyry is the prominent feature.  At this beautiful church, the Porphyry shares the spotlight with stone carvings, stone and glass mosaics, frescoes and a one of a kind pipe organ.   […]

Porphyry Paving – The Financial Value

The tradition of stone paving with stones like Porphyry is centuries old.  Most of our stone knowledge comes from the European quarries and stonemasons.  This blog presents research involving the paving and hardscape designs with natural stone. So much of this research emanates from Europe and the United Kingdom.  Part of this is because of […]

Porphyry Paving – Overlapping Arcs

Porphyry paving cubes for use in a pattern of overlapping arcs is one of the oldest designs for stone pavement.  It has continued in use for centuries due to its stability, beauty and pleasing intricacy. In Europe, one of the more popular layouts is the bogen also known as an overlapping arc, which is often mistaken for […]

Porphyry Paving with Smolleri

Porphyry paving with  Smolleri or “Slabs on Edge” is traditionally used  for paving surfaces on steep slopes as they present the maximum roughness and the natural split surface is used as a decking for grip.  Smolleri are ideal for the paving of roundabouts and other high stress traffic situations. Smolleri can add textural variation to  contemporary paving schemes […]

Porphyry Pavers used in Park on Malta

Porphyry pavers, both cut tiles and 8/10cm cubes, were used in this park on the island of Malta.  This was a new project designed be Architect Anne Casha working with the Malta Environment & Public Authority who decided to provide its people with a new park, creating it out of a rocky area along the […]