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Indian Stone Paving

What is Indian stone paving?

Popular since the 90s, Indian stone paving is a special type of natural stone which is often used for patios and neat pathways. 

As the name suggests, these pretty pavers are imported from India – a country renowned for their beautiful, naturally veined stone. As such, Indian stone paving holds a certain prestige within the landscaping world – but without the hefty price tag of similar high-end pavers, like Yorkstone.

Which Indian stone colours are there?

One of the most eye-catching hallmarks of Indian stone pavers has to be their wide-ranging colour profiles and tonal variations. Once again, this is attributed to their unique origins, with many Indian quarries claiming their own “speciality” natural stone colour.

So, which Indian stone flag colour should you choose? If you want to play it safe, you can’t go wrong with a single-toned limestone or, if you’re following a weathered theme, Indian sandstone paving slabs complete a homely aesthetic.

If you have just redesigned your garden or simply want your patio to draw the eye, then fossil sandstone is the colour for you. With a range of off-white hues, dark buff shades and warming desert tones, these types of Indian sandstone pavers deliver the ultimate “show-home” aesthetic.

Which should I choose: hand-cut or sawn Indian stone?

It depends on the finish you have in mind. Hand-cut Indian stone pavers, with natural riven profiles and chiselled edges offer a laidback “country cottage” feel to outdoor spaces.

Sawn Indian stones, on the other hand, are sawn straight which means they have a neater, more polished finish. These types of Indian stone flags, with their clean lines and square edges, are most at home in contemporary spaces.

What is calibrated Indian stone?

It might sound technical, but calibrated Indian stone is just a cutting method used to keep stones a consistent thickness. They’re a popular choice as their uniform cut makes them easy to lay and transport in bulk.

In the case of paving slabs, the standard thickness is usually around 22mm. This differs, however, if pavers are hand-cut.

Does Indian stone paving need sealing?

While we don’t provide sealants at Simply Paving, we do recommend that you seal natural stone paving products.

Indian sandstone is a particularly porous material, for instance, so it can look a little worse for wear after several years of battling the Great British weather. Also, if you opt for a dark-coloured Indian limestone paver, there’s a chance it will fade and begin to look dull.

A sealant (especially a colour enhancer sealer) will help to combat the effects of sun, rain and wind, so all you need to do is give your patio a quick brush every so often to keep it looking its best.

Is your Indian stone ethically sourced?

As part of Aggregate Industries, we make sure all of our quality paving stones are ethically sourced. Whether from Britain or abroad, we assess each of our products in terms of their environmental, ethical and social impacts. You can read more about in our Our Environmental, Ethical Trading and Community Promise.

Want to know more about Indian stone pavers? Just give us a call on 0800 032 6306 or start a live chat today.