Belgian Blue Limestone, also called Petit Granit, is the best known of Wallonia’s stones. It is extracted by ten or so quarries and is characterised by the presence of small fossils called crinoids. The different finishes that it allows means that it perfectly suited for indoor and outdoor applications.
The Meuse river valley has always been a privileged quarrying area for ornamental rock and, at the present time, two Meuse limestone quarries are still in operation. Those are the Vinalmont and Longpré quarries.
Tournai Stone was used in prestigious buildings such as Tournai Cathedral.
Golzinne black marble has always been much sought-after on account of its purity and its unique character, while the brightly-patterned aspect and chromatic scale of red and grey marbles appealed to tonal awareness.
Among light-coloured limestone varieties, Gobertange sandy limestone and Fontenoille sandy limestone are the stones coming closest to French ornamental stone.