The carved columns and pillars
supporting a handrail are called baluster. The stone balusters have
been used in almost all the civilizations for supports and décor.
In the Western architecture long columns near the entrance were quite
Marble and sandstone balustrades may be used in garden or patio
landscape or staircases. Granite and lime stone and cast stone are
used for balconies, terraces and gardens. Marble and sandstone can be
carved and decorated with exotic patterns where as granite and
limestone can be given a neat polished appearance. Rugged looking
stones can be used for gardens to give it a wild antique look.
Stone balustrades are often used in big patios and driveways to give
a regal look.