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Prized for its durability and rich, saturated coloring, Claret Sandstone has been used by the Chinese for centuries to build homes, bridges and roads. It has served equally well for livestock watering troughs and for small white stones to sharpen knives and farm tools. Originally called 'Farmer's Stone" because of its natural occurrence just below the planting surface, Claret Sandstone can be carved easily and hand fabricated. It is one of the few freeze-thaw-proof sandstones, a property served from its tight grain and strong quartz crystal. It withstands strong light at high altitude without color fading. 

Essentially the same composition as New York Brownstone, it offers a perfect match for restoration work. Unlike many sources of sandstone, the quarry we use produces stone of a remarkably consistent burgundy color.

As with many of our materials, large scale formats are available by special order. 

Recommended Uses

Pavers, veneer, quoins, coping/caps, curbs, sills/lintels, columns, sinks/tubs, slabs, cobblestones, drain grates


Claret Sandstone is installed using all standard setting techniques - mortar or thinnest on slab, or by sand setting.

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Material Specifications and Technical Data

Get access to material specifications and ASTM technical data for Claret Sandstone by viewing the tables below or downloading the brochure.

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