Larvikite is Norway´s national stone
Larvikite, which is a monzonite, is a unique stone from Norway, and can not be found anywhere else in the world. It´s named after the city Larvik because of its location.
Crafted by nature, 300 million years ago, Larvikite is one of the world’s most exquisite and unique natural stones. The product of minerals melting and mixing under extreme heat millions of years ago, Larvikite is a high density and non-porous surface. Durable, distinctive and 100% natural, the stone boast high heat, water, scratch, UV and stain resistance as well as minimal maintenance.
The stone was formed by a magmatic (volcanic) reaction ca 290 million years ago. The magma hardened deep underground with high pressure and temperature. It cooled down slowly which means that the crystals are in a similar direction and uniform sizes. Larvikite is a syanite but in general called granite.
All over the world
Larvikite has been used all over the world, for interior use as well as outdoor use. Lundhs has delivered materials to spectacular landmarks as the seven star hotel Burj-Al-Arab in Dubai, the beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque of Brunei, the summer place of Sultan of Oman. On Manhattan you can see Larvikite everywhere on shopfronts. In Europe its has been used as cladding on Harrods in London and La Fayette in Paris.
What is natural stone:
- Stones which have been extracted from their in-situ position in the earth, then cut and machined into final products without alteration to the natural fabric of the material
- Engineered products which have been processed into small particles and reconstituted with cementitious or resin binders do not meet the definition of natural stone