the age of six Alla le Roux was taken by his parents to Klein Zoar
the house where Wolraad Woltemade stayed during his epic rescue of the
crew that was shipwrecked in Table Bay.
Klein Zoar had a peach pip floor which made such a lasting impression
on Alla that in 2004, when he bought a house that had been built in 1860
in Paarl and had to renovate, his first objective was to take out most
of the existing floors and replace them with peach pip floors.
After numerous experiments and trials, Alla covered an area of approximately
90 m² with peach pips and three years later it is still as if it
was laid yesterday.
The house in Paarl is currently run by Alla and Liz as an art gallery
called The Orange Mill. After numerous requests and compliments regarding
the floor, they decided to enter the flooring design as a business concept
in the FNB Enablis Business Plan Competition, where they made it as a
Now run as Stone Fruit Floors, they have a worldwide patent pending and
the manufacturing and installation facility has a production capacity
of approximately 10 000m² per month. The floors that they supply
consist of peach pips that have been packed by hand onto a glued surface
and filled with a silica sand and resin mixture which is then sealed with
a twin-pack of urethane. To make the floors comfortable to walk on with
bare feet, the sharp edges are ground off, exposing the red hue under
the surface of the pips. The floors are thus unique, natural and truly
South African, providing old-world charm without the old-world hassles.