THE USE OF LAVA STONE IN ITALIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Lava stone has been used since ancient times.
Examples can be seen in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and throughout the region of Campania, where, for centuries, its sobre beauty has graced floors and adorned the sculpted portals of patrician houses. It can be found on the thresholds of buildings in Naples’ Spanish Quarter, as well as in everyday objects.
Ranieri Lava Stone
A long family tradition of quarrying lava stone at the foot of Mount Vesuvius led to the foundation of Ranieri Pietra Lavica.
We have devoted our energies and our passion to innovating and reinterpreting how lava stone has been traditionally used, by combining various local hand-craft skills – passed on to us by generations of artisans – with the new possibilities offered by cutting-edge technology.
Pompei mosaic stone, also known as opus tessellatum, has been the source of inspiration for our decorations, and our experiments with innovative patterns and glazing techniques on lava stone.
we are driven by the desire to show lava stone historical and aesthetic value to our international clients, by offering product lines and applications that reveal its profound affinity with our contemporary lifestyle
As interest in natural stone design grows, the versatility and aesthetic qualities of lava stone are becoming clear for all to see.
Drawing on the way “grey stone” (as lava stone is also called) has traditionally been used in Italian art and architecture, we are driven by the desire to show its historical and aesthetic value to our international clients by offering product lines and applications that reveal its profound affinity with our contemporary lifestyle.