Porphyry History

Article about porphyry’s historic use, discovery, and use as paving by the Romans

Porphyry on the Champs-Elysees

                                                                                 Photo Credit Vigal Veia   If you watched with millions of others, the final stage of the Tour De France, you saw the peloton on the Champs-Elysees.  You saw the riders on the Belgian Porphyry that is laid here in an overlapping arc pattern.      The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets […]

Porphyry Projects – Large or Small…We Love Them All

We love large driveway projects and the equally large public plazas that Porphyry is being specified for.  At the same time, we get the same feeling when we see Porphyry used in any context and here are a few small, beautiful porphyry stone projects that caught our eye.  In both of these projects, Copper Mountain Porphyry […]

Porphyry Pavers: Aspect Ratio, Plan Ratio, Plan Area, Modular Ratio

The shape of the stone unit determines how the stone surface responds under load and the way in which the load will be resisted.  Certain shapes of units are better suited to particular forms of construction.  While they all can be appropriate for pedestrian use, driveway and city streets have tighter parameters to pay attention […]

Laying Porphyry Paving "Pose de Paves"

A Porphyry installation video of a beautiful cobblestone pathway is educational. This short (2:21) segment showing two posers (layers) and a helper laying overlapping arcs with 4” (8-10cm) porphyry cubes, demonstrates an effortless seeming process of a traditional setting method that dates back centuries.  The stone setting skill of these two is highly refined and […]

What is Porphyry?

What is Porphyry? Porphyry has been used as a paving surface as far back as the Roman era.  The Romans used it because it had a naturally flat, durable surface and the stone was easy to quarry. Traditional porphyry is a variable thickness stone.  It’s a type of granite that has naturally extruded through the […]