About the Stone

The Region

01.view-of-antalyaThe Limra limestone is explored not far from the city of Antalya – Turkey. Antalya  is the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the capital of its province. Located on Anatolia’s flourishing southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast with over one million people

Turkey’s industrialization and modernization has seen a complete revival of Antalya’s socioeconomic and political landscape. Large-scale development and governmental funding has seen the city become a world tourism hub, hosting a record 12.5 million tourists in 2014.

The Limestone

03-limra-quarryThe Limra limestone is explored by few companies (some owning more than one quarry) mostly located around the area of Antalya. The quarries are fairly large, with well-defined layers and grades.  Blocks normally have large dimension and quarries output is very high. This limestone has very large known reserves.

The Limra is the quintessential limestone from Turkey and its main reference and relevant limestone. Since its discovery that it has become a reference limestone both in Turkey and internationally, being used on a diversity of projects all over the world.

Overall Analysis

02.limra-blocksThe Limra enjoys the fact that is basically the only relevant and industrial scale limestone in Turkey. For this sole reason, it has had a considerable demand in Turkey, which paved the way to its strong international presence. With strong internal demand, suppliers were able to invest and promote the limestone for international markets. But what makes this limestone so interesting is a combination of strong factors such as uniform white colour and grain, affordability and very high reserves and quantities available in the market. This means that the limestone is normally always available to compete for any medium to large scale project all over the world.

However, it is important to note some limitations about this limestone. The first one is that if compared with similar limestones from other countries, it does not present an excellent technical data. This limits its use on colder climates. And perhaps the other limitation is the fact that due to incredible demand, its price has been increasing considerably. In any case, the Limra will continue to be a reference white limestone on the international stone market.