The Indian Sandstone Industry has received a wider publicity and corporate importance in the last few years. The industry is emerging now as a thrust-export-area with several corporate houses, supported by expert professionals trained in all aspects, entering the sector with sophisticated world-class machinery and making it an organized one. Many overseas buyers are the regular importers of the Indian Sandstone, which is considered to be the world's best variety and is found in abundance in Rajasthan, India. But they have, of late, lost confidence in the supply of materials owing to its interrupted schedule. This was because of inconsistent policies of the Governments towards the industry, together with political interference in mining lease and other procedures.
Indian Sandstone in the form of slabs and tiles has several attractive features, which, inter alia, includes extra-fine mirror-polish, scratch-free glossy surface and durability. Indian Sandstone can be compared very well with other floor and wall application materials such as ceramics and marble. Mining for sandstone is done manually. For drilling and channeling hand chisels and hammers are used. There are very few quarries that have mining machinery, such as compressors and drilling machines for drilling and blasting, cranes for lifting big blocks, and dampers and trucks for transport.