Creative landscaping : How to use river cobbles

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Creative landscaping : How to use river cobbles

The pebble is a fragment of rock rolled by the sea or rivers. It gives a natural, zen and refined touch. In Provence, the streets called “calades” were paved or stoned. In landscaping, it has become a technique that assembles pebbles. The term “calade” is now used by French professionals to describe river cobbles.

Nobléma offers different finishes of this river cobbles : with rounded forms and domed tops (also known as « Cat’s head cobbles »), with hewn tops (also known as « stable cobbles » ) and with sawn topped (also known as « Provençales cobbles”).


River cobbles with rounded forms and domed tops

Also known as « Cat’s head cobbles », this river cobble has rounded forms and domed tops It is used in many ways. It harmonizes perfectly around a pool. It can also coexist with flowers in a rock garden. It is easy to handle and has an incomparable charm.

Calades galets tête de chat ruelle

River cobbles with hewn tops

Also known as « stable cobbles », this river cobble is split in two. Its rounded shape and rustic top allow you to rediscover the appearance of the old streets of Provence while preserving the heritage quality of the places and their architectural value.

river cobbles with hewn tops


River cobbles with sawn topped

The river cobbles with sawn topped is the ideal asset to lay river pebbles at home in alleys or terraces. It is a real gateway to convenience and comfort for an elegant look. It provides a regular surface and remains pleasant to walk on.

Provencal sawn river cobbles


The river cobble thus becomes a very trendy floor covering because it has the particularity to adapt to all environments. It can be combined with tiles, wood or natural stone. The “calades” have a homogeneous colour. It is the ideal material to create a beautiful natural outdoor landscape.

If you have a personal or professional project and would like to know more about river cobbles and how to use and lay them, please contact us.