I’m not quite sure when I started crushing on Limestone. Was it when I was a kid and my parents had big opulent limestone fire place mantles in the formal rooms? I’m not altogether sure but I seem to have had a lifelong love affair with all natural stones…Be it creamy textured Limestone…or veiny Cross Cut Travertine…Or chic timeless honed Marble…Don’t know. Don’t care. Just keep it coming.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock largely made of minerals calcite and calcium carbonate. Most are composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms and make up 10% of the total volume these types of rocks. It has, believe it or not a multitude of uses…for buildings, aggregate for roads..and the white pigment or filler in toothpaste…Ok enough Wiki Info…The Sculpture pictured above is from the artist Amedeo Modigliani, and sold at Christie’s, Paris for a staggering 52.8 million bucks! Now Thats an expensive rock..
The quirky sister of the Limestone family is the impressive veined Travertine. It can be honed, filled, unfilled, cross cut and polished..just to name a few ways of creating with this amazing natural product. Travertine is a form of limestone that is created by precipitation in mineral springs..especially hot ones..or in the mouth of a cave, where it may create stalactites, or stalagmites.. and has a white and tan or cream coloured varieties.
Although it is porous, and requires looking after..maybe even sealant..it is still a keen favourite material to be used in many designs in the decorating world. I adore these products..and specify a lot of natural stones in my own design company. It is timeless, classic and paired with the right surroundings, can be totally modern and contemporary as well..