PERLATO DI MARE
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Perlato Limestone is a type of limestone that is formed by mineral deposits from natural springs. This sedimentary stone is created by the rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, known as calcite. Other minerals mix together with the calcite to create unique patterns that give the Perlato its distinctive character. The Romans mined deposits of travertine for building temples, aqueducts, monuments, bath complexes, and amphitheaters such as the Colosseum, the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine & perlato limestone.
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PERLATO DI MARE
Perlato Limestone regained popularity as a building material in the Middle Ages. The central German town of
Bad Langensalza has an extant medieval old town built almost entirely of local travertine. 20th Century
buildings using travertine extensively include the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, the Getty Center in
Los Angeles, California, and Shell-Haus in Berlin. The travertine used in the Getty Center and
Shell-Haus constructions was imported from Tivoli and Guidonia.
Pitted holes and troughs occur naturally over the surface and suggest an ancient,
unique surface pattern. Our Perlato surface is covered with quality resins and is
polished to a smooth, shiny finish. A variety of colors create unique swirls and
movements that give the Perlato Limestone its distinctive character.
Perlato Limestone & Travertine
is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. It is commonly used for façades, wall cladding, and flooring. The lobby walls of the modernist Willis Tower (1970) (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago are made of travertine. Architect Welton Becket frequently incorporated perlato limestone & travertine into many of his projects. The first floor of the Becket-designed UCLA Medical Center has thick travertine walls. Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used travertine in several of his major works, including the Toronto-Dominion Centre, S.R. Crown Hall, the Farnsworth House, and the Barcelona Pavilion.