Granite is an igneous rock, formed from molten lava that has cooled and crystallized under immense pressure. The word is derived from the Latin term “granum” or grain, and is formed of two main elements: quartz and feldspar.
The remaining composition of the stone is what gives it different colours and characteristics. Colours can range from solid black, to browns, greys and pinks. Granite is the most common igneous rock, making it typically less costly than its marble counterpart and can be found in several parts of the world. This doesn’t mean that all granite is economical, there exist rare and exotic types of granite for use in luxurious designs, featured areas and high-end homes.
Granite is a very strong and durable stone, resistant to scratches, acids and stains which make it the number one choice for high-traffic areas, countertops, and other uses where durability is key. It is used in furniture making, sculptures and architectural details as well as tile and interior design applications.