Rainbow Indian sandstone paving is a top of the range diamond sawn Indian sandstone paving solution. It is calibrated and honed to leave a rich, vibrant and beautifully coloured appearance. There is often some surface quartzite in rainbow Indian sandstone that gives your paving a natural sparkle in the sunshine. It was popular for years an years. We would estimate that it was like close to 1 in 5 or even 2 in 5 people that viewed our display area would ultimately opt for Rainbow sandstone, such was it's popularity. 

This premium grade paving brings a warmth and charm of natural quality stone to your garden. It is very eye-catching, with each paving stone offering intense swirls and patterns of colour. The Rainbow Indian sandstone is the most unique sandstone of all in our paving range. It has intense shades of oranges and purples swirled throughout. These colours are bound to brighten up any patio, while adding natural beauty to your garden. On the surface, it was really easy to see why it was so popular.

Lovedale Gardens (4)

However, in recent years the quality of the stone has changed. Specific problems regularly started to pop up that we simply couldn't ignore. It was always an sandstone that was on the softer sider - the soft nature allowed for it to be cut very smooth as you can see from the photo above - but in recent years, specifically starting towards the end of 2018, the stone starting becoming softer and softer and the quality seemingly dropped off a cliff at the end of 2019. The slabs could almost be broken by hand in some instances.

Generally speaking, silicon is a tough material. This is the reason that sandstone can be a very hard stone. It is due to how tightly these silicon molecules are packed together. The tighter the molecules are packed together, the harder the material.

For example, Raj Green sandstone is a very tough paving solution as the molecules in it are tightly packed together. However, something like rainbow sandstone is not as strong. It is a more colourful sandstone paving option because you can see the layers. This shows you clearly that the molecules are not tightly packed together. The un-tightly packed molecules in rainbow Indian sandstone make it a much softer material to work with. This means that rainbow natural sandstone comes with transit and installation problems.

The softness of the rainbow Indian sandstone often means that this paving can be damaged in transit, but also in installation. When ordering rainbow Indian sandstone for your outdoor area we would always recommend you ordered at least 10% more than required, but towards the of the period we chose to stock rainbow sandstone, it was closer to >25% that was beginning to damage on transit. It was like shipping something made from glass!

We have also seen in recent years that the bright oranges and purples of this stone are no longer as vibrant and eye-catching. Instead the colours are much more muted. Further colour fading can happen when this natural sandstone paving is open to the elements of the typical British weather. The very soft nature of the stone only speeds up the process, meaning that fade happens early and quickly compared to a tougher stone.

Rainbow Sandstone 90cm x 60cm by Frank Short

Rainbow Indian sandstone appears to have gone the way of Modak or polished sandstone and become almost a thing of the past. We will see if the quality picks up, but for now it certainly seems to be disappearing slowly.

If you have any queries; please do not hesitate to contact our team as always!