Larvikite is Norway´s national stone
Larvikite 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. Larvikite is found in the Oslo Rift Valley, which extends from Larvik to Mjøsa.
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
You can find Larvikite all over the world as natural stone, 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, and in Europe Harrods in London and La Fayette in Paris is decorated with this stone.
You can read more about natural stone and Larvikite here (norwegian site)
What is natural stone:
- Stones which have been harvested 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