Granite has been used as a building material for at least 5,000 years as it was used to build the first true “smooth sided” pyramid in Egypt in the 26th century B.C. – the pyramid was mostly limestone underneath but sheathed in granite. Since then, this coarse-grained crystalline rock has adorned other monuments as diverse as the first completely granite temple, the 11th century Rajaraja Chola in India through the Mount Rushmore monument in the U.S. – in its natural state, no less! – to the post-modern Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park in London, England.
Granite retains a sublime beauty that is rarely equaled by other stones. Here are some of the more salient facts that you should know about this stone:
It is Intrinsically Beautiful
Designers love to use granite for the beauty and grandeur it adds to any home. It comes in a relatively wide variety of colors and no two installations will ever look the same. It is up to the designer, the installer and the homeowner to make the most of this attribute. For instance, varying shades of granite can be used to create a gradual shading that increases from light to dark across a living space. Alternatively, matching granite pieces – cut in a half and matched – can be used to create a symmetrical effect in any room.
It is an Easily Workable Stone
Another of granite’s excellent qualities is its ability to be quarried and then easily cut into almost any shape. A homeowner looking to remodel can use any shape or size of granite on their floors, walls or ledges. In addition, granite is easily cut at this level and does not provide many of the obstacles of more stubborn stones to the average workman. Granite has a truly infinite number of aesthetic possibilities and functional applications.
It Can Have Multiple Technique Finishes
While granite is certainly beautiful as soon as it is quarried, it can always benefit from the right finish. Ranging from polished to hammered to honed, the finish will emphasize the texture, tone and luster of the stone. This adaptability allows the stone to lend itself to any occasion or project.