Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of calcium carbonate. Depending of the formation process limestone can be classified as an organic or chemical sedimentary rock.

Organic limestone, also called biological limestone, forms in shallow, warm marine waters from the accumulation and lithification of shells, corals and skeletal debris of sea creatures. The German Jura Beige and the English Mandale Derbyshire are great examples of sedimentary organic limestone rich in clearly distinguishable fossils.

Limestone can also form through evaporation of ground or surface water rich in calcium minerals. Direct precipitation of calcium carbonate result chemical sedimentary rocks, such as travertine and tufa.

Pure limestone is white in colour but due natural impurities it is often cream, brown, grey, blue and black in colour.

Limestone is one of the most porous natural stones. This high porosity makes it more susceptible to absorption of oils, dirt and grime than other natural stones.

Below you can see a wide selection of limestone colours which are suitable for both traditional and contemporary interiors. If you are unable to find in this image gallery the limestone that you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a dedicated team who can assist you in selecting the right stone for your project or offer alternatives if needed.

Please note these images are put in place to give an idea of the colour and granular variations in the stones. Misconceptions sometimes occur because of the following reasons:

– Limestone is a natural stone therefore colour and granular variations are normal and may vary from batch to batch
– Slab and sample images are representational only. Due to changes in lighting limestone slab and sample may appear different in pictures than it does in real life
– The displays of smart devices, tablets and personal computers sometimes interpret colours differently

We encourage all our customers to view the slabs in person whenever is possible

Please contact us for further information on 01992 535 038 or email to info@marbleandgranite.co.uk