Paving Stone Shapes


Origins & History of Paving Stones

Paving stones products dates back from ancient history. In the 18th century, Ancient Rome used natural paving stones to build roads, steps, pathways and other structures. The Grecians also used this remarkable product that still exists to date. That proves how long they can last.

Irregular Pavign Stones

They are still being used progressively in today's society. There are various types, styles and materials that are used to produce paving stones. Manmade and natural stones are the two most popular materials that are being extensively used all over the world.

The Different Shapes

Paving stones that are naturally produced are somewhat different to manufactured pavers. Manmade pavers like brick or concrete are shaped into commonly used shapes that act together to interlock. Natural paving stone shapes are distinctive and do differ from one to another because of their originality. They are not designed to interlock together although they can be if that is your preferred pattern. Be creative with the shape but best of all be inspired.

Some of the more popular shapes include:

  • Circular
  • Key shaped
  • Squared
  • Triangular
  • Diamond
  • Oblong
  • Cobble shaped
  • Octagon Shape
  • Roman Shaped
  • Bishop hats shape
  • Traditional Rectangular
  • Rounded Edged
  • Bull-Nose

Irregular Shapes

Rectangle Shape

Each one of the above mentioned shapes are an individual piece that can be used to implement the desired pattern that you require. They will all create attractive and visually pleasing patterns in any paving application. Most shapes are manufactured and available in factories all over the world.

Irregular Shapes

Irregular Stones Irregular paving stone shapes are created by cutoff from natural pavers. Their edges are smoothed and in many cases they are smoothened all over. This is due to the natural cleft textures of most natural stones. Irregular shapes can be applied in irregular and random patterns.

To achieve this pattern, the irregular shaped pavers are laid one by one in no particular order or fashion. Irregular and random shapes are most likely to be used in applications for driveways, pathways and roads.

Combining Shapes in Patterns

To create your own unique and artistic paving stone flooring, why not choose to use several shapes in the one application? The following applications are just some of the areas that you can combine shapes and colors:

  • Stepping stone pathways
  • Entrances to your home
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Courtyards
Shape Combinations


Using larger squared shapes with smaller oblong and squared shapes make an ideal combination.

Octagon and smaller squared are also make an ideal combination.

Installing Shapes

Installing Paving Stones Installing shapes is easily done. All that you would need to do is follow the pattern according to your design. One by one carefully lay the shaped paving stones in the direction and position of your chosen pattern. Larger pavers are easily installed in smaller areas due to their size. It is advisable to seek professional assistance for further information from a paving specialist