The centerpiece in this home was the library, the stone needed to be as dramatic as the design of the 3 story fireplace set into the soaring windows that flank it. The floor needed to be part of the composition, as well. The architect wanted a stone that would be able to accept a hand carved finish that we call “Corduroy” , we recommended Jade Ink Limestone from the Hunan province of China. Jet black with very fine white veins, it carves beautifully and was the perfect offset to the wood cabinetry and trim being proposed. We traveled with the design team to Hunan so everyone could see first hand the remote quarry site and the difficulties in carving such an exacting and creative idea.
Legacy Material: Jade Inkstone
Robert Paganini/ David Elkington: Project Manager’s
Edward Westbrook: Principal Overseas Sourcing Development
Chen Ragen LLC: China Sourcing
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The remote Hunan China village where the Jade Ink quarry is located.
Finding the stone “bench” that would produce the large slabs required solid local knowledge.
The simple tools used to carve the corduroy finish.
Simple tools in a skilled carvers hands produce wonderful textured finishes.
The massive library fireplace with floors that match.