Nothing finishes an interior like natural stone. A limestone floor. A granite worktop. A marble vanity unit. Wall linings and furniture in any one of myriad natural stones. In domestic or commercial interiors. It all exudes quiet confidence and quality. But with literally thousands of stones to choose from, how do you decide which to use? How do you even get to see all that is available? Help is at hand at the Natural Stone Show taking place at ExCeL London 28-30 April.
The show will have an expansive range of limestone, sandstone, basalt, gabbro, quartzite, marble, granite, slate, and many more all under one roof. Not only will visitors be able to see the materials, but also feel them, because the sensuous feel of stone in all its various finishes is integral to the delight of using it.
This year, with the UK economy enjoying the fastest growth of any developed country, the two-yearly Stone Show has attracted even more exhibitors from all over the world. It is 20% larger than it was in 2013 with more than 200 companies represented.
Nature has taken millions of years to imbue natural stone with originality, drama and sheer stylish elegance that man, despite his very best efforts, simply cannot reproduce. More prosaically, it also adds more to the value of property than it costs to incorporate it.
Exhibitors at the Stone Show include companies from China and India, which are major suppliers of natural stone to the UK today. From China come the likes of A Plus, Huangchang, Nanjing Ceicai, Xiamen Chitrust, Yantai Yuyi, and from India major suppliers including Covenant Stone, Natural Stone Concepts, Ravileela Granites, RR Paving, Stone International and VJ Quarries.
When we think of stone we tend to think of Italian marble. Italy’s marbles, as well as a whole host of other marbles, granites and stones from all over the world, are supplied by the UK’s major wholesalers – such as Stone World, Stonecrest, Trade Price Stone, Gobal Granite, Nile Trading, Rocks Forever and Stone Consulting, all exhibiting at the Stone Show. Italian marble companies, including leaders such as Ceresa Marmi and Marmi Alberti will, however, be there in their own right.
Turkey supplies the UK with much of the travertine laid on domestic and commercial floors, although the country is also a producer of many other fine stones. Companies from Turkey exhibiting include the likes of Ataymer Medencilik, Finike Marble and Naturelmar. There are 18 companies from Spain and Portugal, another major source of stones used in the UK such as Rosa Porrino and Crema Marfil. There are also stones from Egypt, which will be new to many and worth exploring, so be sure to call in on the stands of Alex Tiles and the Haddad Group.
If visitors’ preference is for homegrown stone, there will be more British stone producers exhibiting this time than ever.
Aside from the many inspiring products on the stands, there will also be a photographic gallery of the projects honoured in the Natural Stone Awards, presented in London in December by Stone Federation Great Britain – the industry’s representative body that has supported the Stone Show since the Show’s inception in 1995.
Avoid the crowds at the registration desks at ExCeL by registering online now.