Large tracts of high quality ornamental stone
Dimensional Stone Industry started rolling in India in 3200 BC.
India possesses enormous deposits of all types of natural dimensional stones with a variety of excellent properties. These are granites, marbles, slates, sand stones, lime stones and quartzites.
India has established its own status in the world stone market with large exports.
Has a very large domestic market for all types of stones almost equal to Exports.
Product range from cubes, size stones, pavement slabs, standard slabs and tiles, monuments, memorials and made to order items.
Several thousand units mostly in small scale and cottage sectors cater to local needs. There are also many export-oriented units.
Initial recognition for Indian granites originated from chiselled and hand-polished memorials exported to England, Ireland, USA, Japan etc.
Faster processing and production of polished stones became a reality in 50s and 60s. The industry grew rapidly from 70s.
Exports of dimensional blocks commenced in late 60s to Japan and also in smaller extent to countries like England, Germany, Italy etc.
Immediately after black dimensional blocks, export of red granites and thereafter, some of the names became the most popular and recognised worldwide. To mention a few, Jet Black, Premium Plus and Premium Black, Ruby Red, Imperial Red, Paradiso, Black Galaxy, Kashmere White, Green Marble and Red Sand Stone etc.
The trend for cut and polished granites became main focus and grew fast since 1985. Almost 70 per cent of the present total export value added finished products.