They compose the colours of the earth. Naturally warm, rustic, original. Their rugged beauty is stunning, in the morning sun and waning light of dusk.

By Freeda D'souza

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Published: Sat 10 Apr 2004, 2:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

They are just pure rocks and stones. Natural elements of the earth that take on hues of rose-tinted brown, sea-bed blue and sunset beige. Things we hardly pay attention to until they form gorgeous patterns on our patios, pathways, tacos, walls and seating areas.

It's a fascinating world of rocks -- cobbles, mosaics, terracotta, marble, pebbles, granite. Arranged creatively in landscaping, they transform a desert into a picturesque garden. Here it adds character to barren lands. Today, this business of exterior landscaping is leaping ahead, easily making the country the fastest growing market in the world.

Taking advantage of the trend in landscaping is Stone Gallery, an associate company of Captain Marble. "Rapid development in construction has thrown open a sea of opportunities for landscaping," says Vishal K Lakhani, Director of Stone Gallery.

Stone Gallery's research and market feedback in the mid-ninties projected a phenomenal growth in the landscaping business. Even ceramics were fast being replaced with stone and rocks for that aesthetic appeal. Vishal, together with his brother Monish K Lakhani, managing director, put in place the new one-stop shop concept of a showroom, thus making beautiful landscaping just a stone's throw away for discerning clients.

Until now, the firm has to its credit some prestigious projects such as the Jumeirah Grand Mosque, Royal Mirage phase two, Madinat phase two, Arabian Ranches and Meadows (both Emaar properties), Emirates Tower Hotel, Hard Rock Cafe, several palaces, villas, gardens and shopping malls to name but few. The firm has also completed some projects in Dubai Media City and Knowledge Village.

The showroom in Dubai recreates landscapes to help clients visualise how products would look in the actual setting of their homes and gardens. The place has it all -- from mosaic carpets, pebble pools, slate, sandstone, checkered floorings, crazy pavings to the latest metallica.

And for those who are always on the lookout for something new in landscaping - Stone Gallery plans to introduce stone murals -- tiny bits of stones arranged in complex patterns to recreate antique paintings.

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