Porphyry has been a symbol of royalty and prominence throughout history for over fifty centuries, from the Egyptian and Roman Emperor's of the past to the elite of today. It continues to be the most popular paver in Europe. It is preferred among architects, town planners and home owners for driveways, courtyards, walkways and facades, mainly because of its beauty, flexibility in design, durability and low maintenance requirements.
Porphyry is a volcanic rock formed from a slow cooling process of igneous material. The word derives from the Greek porphyros, meaning the color purple. The chemical and mineral composition of the stone along with its distinctive structure as well as stratification, determine its chemical characteristics; high compression breaking point, high resistance to chemical agents, low ware-ability rate etc..., make it one of the most durable paving and facing materials available in the world.
Out of all the different types of external paving, porphyry cobblestones have been the most popular throughout the ages, due to their combination of natural beauty and ability to adapt to the most diverse uses. Their wide range of sizes and thick nesses make porphyry cobblestones a product that can satisfy even the most eclectic tastes. Furthermore, their varying chromatic tonality offers the designer the freedom to indulge his every aesthetic whim.
What is normally called "terrazzo" is constituted by irregular slabs coming directly from the selection of quarry material. These polygonal size slabs have a natural surface and rough-cut edges. They are distinguished by their sizes and thickness. The terrazzo is one of the most popular porphyry products, thanks to its flexibility and ability to adapt to various situations. Its strength is its low cost and ease of installation. It is normally used for the paving of external areas such as squares, gardens, interior and exterior wainscoting etc.