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The History of Flooring, Part VI by Daniel Smith





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How Long Will My Stone Floors Last?

If you were asked where the oldest stone floors in the world were to be found, you would probably guess the pyramids of Egypt, right? Wrong.

In fact, not even close.

The Neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, first excavated in 1995, predates the pyramids – and Stonehenge, as well – by about 7,000 years. Göbekli Tepe (variously translated as "Navel of the World," or "Bulging Hill") was a temple, consisting of a number of stone circles and walls, some 200 stone columns which probably supported roofs, and floors made of burnt limestone and clay – what is known today as terrazzo. Dating from about 10,000 BC, they are emphatically the oldest such floors ever discovered.

However, though terrazzo is still widely used, it is a manufactured surface rather than a natural formation, so we can't technically call it stone. The most common true stone used in modern floors would probably be granite. Archaeological evidence is inconclusive as to where the oldest granite floors might be found, but it doesn't matter. We may not know the age of the floor, but we know the age of the rock the floor is made of – or at least its close igneous cousins. The floor in the photo below was quarried and assembled about four years ago. The granite which was cut from the quarry is a billion times that old. Yes, that's billion, with a B.

How long will your granite floor last? We can't say for sure. But for our own future reference, we'd appreciate it if, when you start to see signs of it wearing out, you'd drop us a note.

The Floor Store is a direct importer of tile and natural stone from the quarries of the ancient and the new worlds. Our installers are dedicated professionals, and all installations are guaranteed.

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