Sunday, December 9, 2012

Slab Sunday: Lagos Azul limestone

Lagos Azul is a limestone from Portugal.

 It is considered one of the most important dark colored limestones in Portugal, having achieved international recognition as a grey / blue limestone.
Lagos Azul is a grey/blue/beige limestone.  Fossils & shells are a unique characteristic in this limestone.

Other names for Lagos Azul include:  Lagos Blue, Rocas Azul, Gris Ocean, Azul Cascais, Azul Valverde, Azul Valverde Mourisca,  Cascaix, Blue Valley, Cinzento Azulado, Blue Lagos, Azul Monica or Gris Valverde.

Lagos Azul is extracted from three different layers: Layer 1, Layer 2 and Layer 3. The color and grain of the limestone extracted in each layer differs according to the depth of the layer as you can see in the photo below from Azul Valverde's website.

One of the reasons I love this limestone so much is I think it pairs perfectly with Carrara, Calacatta and Statuary Vein marbles....which are definitely the most popular marbles right now.

Lagos Azul also comes in a variety of tile sizes.
Photo: Connecticut Stone

Lagos Azul pairs really well with other natural stones, maybe it's because it isn't a really busy stone. It looks so beautiful with the Honey Onyx vessel sinks in the photo below from Maldona Tile & Marble.

 Lagos Azul is available in 2 cm and 3 cm slabs as well as tile, exterior cladding, and sinks.


Kathryn said...

Hi! I bought some 4x6 Lagos Azul tile for my kitchen backsplash. Love the way the tile looks - but haven't installed it yet. It seems much thicker/heavier than traditional backsplash tiles and I'm wondering how best to install it to make sure it stays put while the thinset cures. Any thoughts?

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Hi Kathryn-
It is heavier. Just make sure you use a good thinset that is made for stone tile.
It's strong enough that they will stay put as you install them.
Good luck!

Jill said...

I'm remodeling a client's master bath with lagos azul...looking forward to it. I think it's beautiful.

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