Portuguese limestone

Portuguese limestone is often fine-grained and very consistent in character which gives a uniform appearance that appeals to interior designers and their clients.

Portuguese limestone quarries produce a wide range of colours from off-white through to grey and blue. For example, the ever popular White Moleanos is a very pale cream colour with evenly distributed small shell fossil detail.

Many of the varieties of the best known Moca Creme and Moleanos limestone that are exported to the UK are quite delicate and, while they are acceptable as residential, low-traffic flooring, they would not pass the test of being used in commercial, high traffic areas.

However, on a recent trip to Portugal, we came across the Cohiba quarry that extracts and produces much harder variations of a fine grained Moca Creme and a beige Moleanos. The Cohiba quarry is an exciting find and allows us to offer versions of Moca Creme and Moleanos that are hard enough to be used in commercial buildings. They have already been proven to be durable in a commercial building in Paris.

Atlantic Beige (aka Ataija Beige) is another impressively hard limestone with a fine grain that allows a high polish. As well as the beige form, there is a blue/grey option or you can specify a mix of the colours.

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The well known Moca Creme has lines of shell fossils and is usually vein cut to display the lines of shells more prominently. The lines in this limestone can be delicate and light in the Moca Creme Fine Grain or stronger and more pronounced in the Mocca Creme Medium Grain. They are heavier still in the Moca Creme Classico or Coarse grain. Rosal limestone has the same creamy beige pale background as Moca Cream. Some Rosal can be quite plain whereas others, from different levels within the quarry, can have more obvious shell content.

Moving away from the beige and cream colours and more towards the greys and blue/greens, there is still a wide choice of Portuguese limestone. Azul Valverde, also known as Azul Monica or Blue Valley, is probably the best known of the blue/green stones – there’s a photo of the gorgeous bathroom designed by Catherine Lee Architecture on this page. Another similar blue stone is Azul Lagos from a nearby quarry. Other options include the Ataija Azul, a very hard blue/grey limestone with grey veins that looks particularly good when given a brushed (sometimes known as leathered) finish.

Our supplier quarries in Portugal have a range of advanced cutting equipment which allows them to produce very large tile sizes as well as a range of bespoke, made to measure pieces to our own designs or to our customers’ own designs. These two factors combined mean that Portuguese limestone is very suitable for use in contemporary schemes to create a minimalist feel.

There is a wide range of limestone from Portugal varying in colour and density from the very pale cream Rosal through to the grey/green Azul Valverde and the very dense grey/blue Ataija Azul.

For further information, please visit our Portuguese Limestone blog pages.

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