Guanambi (Bahia, BRAZIL): granite and cacti land


Thirteen years ago I travelled into Bahia’s (Brazil) hinterland to evaluate ornamental granite deposits. It was a very short stay (36 hours counting the flights to and from Lisbon). In following years, I travelled by land to the region (either en route to Chapada Diamantina or as a final destination) but the first impressions of … Continue reading Guanambi (Bahia, BRAZIL): granite and cacti land

Portuguese granite: color and textural range


Granite is a natural stone type extracted, processed and used in monuments, buildings and pavements in Portugal for millennia. Small samples (and photos) hardly capture the full variation range of color and texture of natural stones. Even so, the picture above tries to depict some of the Portuguese granites beauty. The image was (laboriously) created … Continue reading Portuguese granite: color and textural range

Natural stone – Portuguese emerges as leader


According to 2013 provisional data from the international trade UN database, with close to 45 USD/person, Portugal is the per capita world leader in natural stone exports. A traditional stone loving country, Portugal is a producer of natural stone with a mix that includes marble, limestone and granite blocks, slabs and, particularly, end-products and projects. … Continue reading Natural stone – Portuguese emerges as leader