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From antiquity to modernity

Facade of the building turns from a plain wall into a whole work of art with aesthetic decorative elements. The decoration of the facades involves the use of volumetric decorations, the selection of finishing materials in a certain combination.

Facing the facade with natural stone of various textures and shades can give an amazing effect with the right choice of material. Additionally, the decoration is applied with mosaic elements, architectural elements, artistic stone carving and so on.

What is Aglay?

Name of “Aglay” came from “Ag Lay “which means “White (Ag) Layer (Lay)” of mountain where stone is mining.

Most people in Azerbaijan call it limestone, and in video material where taken our quarry in 2006 year, it is also stated as limestone, but “Aglay” is sandstone with specific features.

The Azerbaijani sandstone (Aglay), unlike marble, granite and limestone is characterized by increased thermal insulation – the heat storage in the house rises to 30 percent. This is a warm, light and comfortable for visual perception cladding, due to the granular texture and yellowish color. It is ductile and resists moisture, heat and cold.

Talented architects in their work combine knowledge of ancient traditions, the possibilities of modern materials and their own creative achievements. The result is a unique facade decoration that gives each building an individual charm.

When it comes to the best examples of ancient architecture, the most striking examples are the classical architectural objects of the times of Ancient Egypt and Greece. They are distinguished by the presence of majestic statues, luxurious carvings and stucco moldings, amazing paintings.

Today there is not much information about the shades that were inherent in ancient architecture. Since stone products are best preserved to this day, and wood and paint are not so durable, little is known about how much attention the ancient architects paid to the color of the facades.

And they very skillfully used the play of light and shadow to create voluminous architectural details. In order for the shadow cast by the decorative elements not to violate the general image of the building, bright and dark tones were used for the background. Thus, the facades looked perfect at any time of the day.

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