Name of the stone: Cardoso Stone (Pietra del Cardoso)
Stone type: sandstone
Color: dark gray
Quarry location: Stazzema, not far from Seravezza in the Apuan Alps (not far from Carrara)
Description of the stone: strong white veins give this dark sandstone a special character, offering many design options, e.g. for kitchen countertops or flooring (indoor and outdoor), facades or book matching. About 30% of the material is sold on foreign markets mainly in Switzerland, Dubai, and China.
Peculiarities of the stone: due to its mineralogical composition and genesis, the Cardoso Stone has a remarkable degree of compactness and hardness. It has been used since antiquity in construction. Well-known projects are the cladding of the Bocco-Università in Milan or the interior design of the theatro Carlo Felice in Genua.
Application: indoors and outdoors, cladding, walling, furniture
Finishes: honed and brushed (mainly for interior usage), bush-hammered, water-jet, flamed, and sandblasted (mainly for outdoor applications)
Frost resistant: Yes
Company: Da.Vi Srl was founded in 2001, recovering an ancient quarry, thus bringing the Pietra del Cardoso again to the market. The material immediately found an excellent reception by the demanding clientele in Europe and elsewhere. Currently DA.VI Srl has two active quarries, named “Filucchia 1“ and “Filucchia 2“ which ensure a constant high-quality production of the material. The capacity covers the current market demand but could easily be increased.