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Veria Green - Verde Antico

Verde Antique, is a serpentinite breccia popular since ancient times as a decorative facing stone. It is a dark, dull green, white-mottled (or white-veined) serpentine, mixed with calcite, dolomite, or magnesite, which takes a high polish. It is sometimes classed, erroneously, as a variety of marble ("serpentine marble", "Connemara marble", "Moriah stone", etc). It has also been called and marketed as "ophicalcite" or "ophite".

Verde antique is used like marble especially in interior decoration and occasionally as outdoor trim.
It was known as lapis atracius to the ancient Romans and was quarried especially at Casambala, near Larissa, Thessaly, in Greece. Verd antique was much used by the monumental builders of the Byzantine Empire and by the Ottomans after them. The term "verd antique" has been documented in English texts as early as 1745. (Source Wikipedia)

It was used at the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (now the Küçuk Ayasofya Camii) in Istanbul,Turkey (527-536 CE).

Since the 80's  A similar stone started to be extracted from Veria in Greece with very similar characteristics. The material is well known as Veroia Green, or Naousa Green or Aliakmon Green. It has been used in many prestigious projects in USA and many other countries for many years and remains an excellent choice for the interior design. 


The Veria Green marble has excellent physico-mechanical properties which includes high hardness, low water absorption and high gloss. It is used for floors, fireplaces, bath walls, stairs and generally all the possible interior uses. For exterior it is not advised to be in direct contact with the sunlight when it is polished, because by the time it's vivid color is fading. Instead it can give wonderful results in sandblasted or bushammered finish in anti-slip floors or cladding!

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