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. 

Min thickness 0.75" / 20mm
Min thickness 1.5" / 38mm
Bush Hammer
Min thickness 1.5" / 38mm
2 Point Stalk
Min thickness 1.5" / 38mm
Min thickness 3" / 75mm
Min thickness 3" / 75mm
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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.




As you'd expect in a natural product, stone does vary in colour and texture, even in the same quarry block. That's what makes stone so unique.
We recommend using the images on our website to initially chose the colour, texture and look you prefer, then talk to us to see our current samples. Mockups are also a great option before making your final decision. We strive to provide a product of the highest quality, but please remember it's stone, not paint. The colour and texture of the next layer in the quarry was defined millions of years ago.

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