Use of soft rocks such as marble and granite for architecture has a long history dating back thousands of years, from Parthenon temple dedicated to goddesses Athena to the blood red floor of basilica of Saint Paul in Rome to the forever remaining love symbol Taj Mahal. The unique properties of it such as its ability to bear massive weight it was initially used as supporting columns, but then eventually modern era tools came into existence.
Carving and polishing of marble took it from a simple looking rock to a very luxury element in architecture and became sculptor’s choice. Some of the world’s best sculptures were carved from a single block of marble like Michelangelo’s depiction of biblical David which has since become the symbol of Renaissance art era.
Today in the 21st century marbles close sibling granite has found its place in hearts and minds of people as the go to choice of counter tops. Its popularity is due to its exclusive marvelous luxury feel and very little maintenance required in comparison to other elements. You can feel the richness of luxury emanating from beautifully carved and polished granite counter tops.
Often the terms marble and granite are confused to be the same but there is a vast but subtle difference between both among them the most visible is the coloration, marbles typically are solid grayish-white or cream color and have dark veins through it and rarely do they have other colors whereas on the other hand granites appearance is of many rocky specks together with often a monochromatic tone coloration. The color ranges of granite outnumber that of the marble.
The choice of granite for counter tops have many benefits as it is more durable and less porous than marble. Its less prone to bacterial contamination, can stand high temperatures such as from heat of cooking wares and is relatively easy to clean with warm water or mild detergent.
Granite compliments not only the interior design with classic luxury accents but also adds to the value of overall aesthetics by its visually appealing colors, its addition as the counter top will definitely increase the décor whilst also being a great low maintenance accessory.