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BRIHADEESHWAR TEMPLE : The Immortal Granite Edifice

BRIHADEESHWAR TEMPLE : The Immortal Granite Edifice

Situated in the city of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Brihadeeshwar temple is one of the oldest temples in India. It is the most ambitious granite monument ever built in the world. Many names have been given to this living Chola temple,... (Continue reading)

MARBLES FROM THE APUAN ALPS Angelic Beauty

MARBLES FROM THE APUAN ALPS Angelic Beauty

For most people, the word “marble” triggers all kinds of associations: the Taj Mahal, Akshardham temple in India, the Acropolis in Athens, Michelangelo’s David, Rodin’s The Kiss, statue to Robert Burns and so on. It brings to mind the unblemished... (Continue reading)

GRANITE Coming Together of Beauty, Hardness and Durability

GRANITE Coming Together of Beauty, Hardness and Durability

Plutonic rocks are crystallised from magma slowly cooling below the surface of the Earth. In other words, these rocks form when molten rock cools and solidifies inside the crust of the Earth without erupting to the surface from a volcano.... (Continue reading)

Environmental Aspects of Ornamental Stones: Recent Developments

Environmental Aspects of Ornamental Stones: Recent Developments

An ornamental stone is a natural stone that is used for decorative purposes in construction and monumental sculpture. The utility of ornamental stone in construction arises from its aesthetic value, and the quantum of its utility depends on the purpose... (Continue reading)

INDIAN MASONRY: Resuscitating Traditional Building Skills

INDIAN MASONRY: Resuscitating Traditional Building Skills

The Programme In the summer of 2013, I got an opportunity to help in a skill-enhancement programme for masons. The programme was launched by Mango Tree – a company run by my grandmother. Education with a difference and resuscitation of... (Continue reading)

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All India Granites & Stone Association: Promoting Indian Stone Industry

All India Granites & Stone Association: Promoting Indian Stone Industry

India has the potential to reach the number one position in exports of natural stone products. Taking note of the potential of the domestic and international natural stone industry, a few visionaries of stone industry joined together and formed All... (Continue reading)

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MARMOMACC PREVIEW 2012

MARMOMACC PREVIEW 2012

A fundamental meeting place for better understanding of current evolution and trends in stone and design sectors Now at its 47th edition, the international trade fair for Stone, Design and Technologies scheduled Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 September 2012 once... (Continue reading)