Strata Stones is the UK division of Stone Age, India’s leading producer and exporter of ethically sourced natural stones.
As the sole UK supplier of a portfolio of natural stone products from our own quarries in India, we are the stone company of choice with our production and factory operations currently supplying 38 countries across every continent in the world.
The heart of our process is a deep knowledge of the raw material, gained from decades of expertise in extracting the stone from our own quarries in Kota, Rajasthan, and from our key partners strategically situated across India. Our team of natural stone specialists select the stone blocks on site at each quarry to ensure it is free from faults and imperfections, before transporting to one of two highly automated manufacturing facilities located near Jaipur, India.
This guarantees our products are manufactured to the highest standards, in accordance with the harmonised European standards for manufacturing compliance and material sourcing, and is embraced by the CE mark as standard on all our products.
Strata customers can be assured that our stone is sourced from quarries that are fully compliant with ethical trading standards, in line with our processing operations. This is validated by the fact that all our documentation, procedures and practises are independently audited and comply with ISO9001:2008 and SA8000:2008, by TUV Rheinland, a leading international body for the certification of safety and quality in products, processes and management systems.
Our own quarry operations and factory facilities offering multiple natural stone finishes and processes are unequalled by any other UK supplier of Indian natural stone products.
When you buy stone from Strata, you do so in the knowledge that our Indian based teams are regularly checking the material used, and that the many different finishes shown in this brochure are processed through our own factories, thereby checked by our Quality Assurance teams before dispatch to our customers worldwide.
Due to significant investment in our stone processing factories we are able to offer an extensive range of finishes as you will see in this brochure. This investment enables us to customise products and finishes to produce outstanding statement product for our customers in over 30 countries.
Our attention to quality and extensive range of stone solutions means we are able to supply the UK landscaping market, in addition to the interior and home furnishing markets utilising both traditional sawing and processing techniques for natural stone as well as 21st century CNC computer controlled technology.
TOTAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
We are the only UK company offering total supply chain management, from our own quarries in India* through to our own manufacturing operations that process and package the full range of textures and finishes that we offer.
*Where the quarry of origin is not owned by Stone Age, our team of natural stone specialists select the rock prior to manufacture.
Quality is paramount, so we ensure that only the best quality rock is selected for use in the manufacture of Strata products. This means that our customers receive paving that is manufactured from the best quality sandstone, limestone and granites. Soft sandstone sold cheaply tends to suffer from poor compaction and is more susceptible to splitting and surface delamination due to high algae growth. These factors if present in Indian sandstone will undermine the durability of your paving long after installation. All our products comply with the CE mark.
ETHICAL TRADING AND HEALTH & SAFETY
“All aspects of ethical trading are a way of life at Stone Age and were introduced into the work culture way before this important subject was made public!”
Sanjeev Agrawal – Executive Chairman
Our ethical and health and safety policies ensure that our employees safety is our priority and that safe working practises are employed across the business. No child or forced labour is ever employed by our company.
Stone Age also operates a charitable trust and contributes from its UK and Indian profits to local educational and health establishments, enabling support for local schools in Jaipur and free treatment and medical equipment for the children with thalassemia, a genetic disorder.
Natural stone is recognised as the material of choice in residential and commercial projects all over the world due to the unique beauty of the material, and the unspoken statement of timelessness, quality and prestige that it conveys.
At Strata our portfolio of stone includes many finishes to enable different styles and effects to be achieved. Some examples of these are highlighted below, but if you are looking for something unique let us know, and our Design and Technology team will work with you to achieve your objective.
This is achieved by sawing a block of stone into tiles and carrying out a secondary mechanical process to hone the surface to create a semi-polished smooth appearance.
In this collection, sawn stone tiles are subjected to a pressurized flow of fine sand resulting in a uniform lightly textured nonslip surface.
NATURAL CLEFT SAWN EDGES
As the title suggests, edges of natural cleft stone tiles are sawn cut to create smooth and straight lines, allowing for tighter grouting joints during installation.
Stone tiles are encased in rotating metal tumbling drums along with ceramic beads, whereby their continuous rubbing motion against the stone gives the surface and edges an “aged” and weathered appearance.
The surface of the stone is processed with heavy duty, hard bristled brushes to give the appearance of “old” worn and smooth stones often seen in heritage buildings.
NATURAL CLEFT HAND CUT EDGES
These are the terms used to refer to the stone when it has a natural finish, whereby each tile has been split by hand from a large block, along its natural laying seam and then set sized tiles are created using a chisel, slaters axe or hammer to create a very natural look surface and edge.