How to use our search engines

Click on Stone Search in the navigation bar at the top of our website and  you will find three types of search engines: General search - Petrographic SearchTrade name search.

General Search
The General Search allows you to choose different types of stones, countries of origin and colours. You can also search for frost and acid resistant materials as well as for materials which can be used for flooring and can be polished. 

Type of stone
Click on the arrow in the box "Type of stone" and choose one of the following categories:
1. Hard stone: This type of stone is hard wearing, in most cases suitable for all installations, known commercially as Granite.
2. Soft stone. In many cases suitable for flooring, but mostly for walling and light usage. known commercially as marble.
3. Sandstone. Many uses in most cases suitable for flooring .
4. Porous   Vulcanite. Generally classified as a  hard stones and  suitable for all installations
5. Slate. In many cases hard wearing and can suitable for most installations.
For more information regarding  the uses of the above material please go to About natural stone  link to item c

Click on the arrow in the corresponding box to select a colour. There are single colours and some mixtures, i.e. Grey-Green.

Only complete if you wish to purchase a local material. Or if you wish to find all the materials of a certain country that are included in the archive, leave type of stone and colour empty, and  just enter name of country. 

The following fields refine the search to find the materials most suitable for your requirements.

Suitable for flooring
Click if you require materials for flooring

Acid resistant
Click if the material is to be used in a kitchen or a commercial bathroom or toilet floor.

Frost resistant
Click if the material is to be used outside or in a cold conservatory
Polish possible - Click if you require a polished finish.

Petrographic search
This search is designed for the professional who needs precise information. The petrographic description of all the materials in the archive can be found.

Trade name search
If the name of the material is known, enter the name.

However, one should be careful as many companies use different names for the same material. Example: If the material Vehmo is requested the correct regional quarry name will appear Balmoral fine. Balmoral fine has three known trade names: Balmoral Fine, Vehmo and Balmoral FG. The known trade names of the material are shown on the following page (>>>click here). When we are informed on new trade names, we include them on the page under trade names, but often there are far too many for us to find them all. 

When you have chosen the desired field, press "Start". A number of materials will come on the screen. Scroll down and choose the ones you like by clicking "details". The chosen material will appear  together with the following technical data.
• Polish Possible
• Polish durable
• Suitable for flooring
• Acid resistant
• Frost resistant
• Trade names

On the top right hand side there is a box headed "Suppliers".
In this box we list the suppliers of the material. When the name of the supplier is clicked, their details will come on the screen together with the other materials they supply.

If you click on one of the
names you get to a virtual
business card with further
informatione about the company