Granite and marble are both very popular materials for adorning
the home, used for things such as flooring, bathrooms, walls, and kitchen counter
and table tops. While marble tends towards sporting colorful veins and striations,
the appeal of granite comes from it's variations both in color and the actual patterns
of shades in the stones. The types of decorative granite have been standardized and
given labels by industry leaders. Some of the world's most popular granite colors are the following:
Absolute Black - this granite has a glossy black sheen with
no color alteration whatsoever throughout the stone. It is polished to a mirror
brightness and it's beauty is in it's stark quality. This type of granite is mined
mostly in India, Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. It is one of the largest
sellers in decorative granite compared to other patterns available.
Azul Granite - there are many different colors, patterns
and types of azul granite, with their names varying depending on their country
of origin. Azul is the second most popular color for decorative granite worldwide.
As it's name implies, azul granites are predominantly blue in appearance, with
pattern markings varying from gray, white, black, or differing shades of blue.
Azul granites are mined in different locations predominantly led by Spain and Brazil.
While there are other blue colored granites available, azuls are prized for their
quality and the beauty of their patterns, and the fact that the other colours streaking
the blue in azul granites are very complimentary to it.
Whites - this color has many shades of white granite,
with dozens of variations on the theme which again depends on the stone's country
of origin. Some examples of this include the Big White Flower granite from Guandong,
China. This type of stone is predominantly white with gray and black markings.
Bianco granite is a variation on white that leans more towards being ivory in
color. Bianco can be mined in rock quarries in Brazil and Italy.
Gold and Copper - metallic colours in these stones are what
make them attractive to certain enthusiasts. Gold and copper granites are found
worldwide, and their supporting colours are usually white, gray, and black. While
gold and copper granite can be found all across the globe, the highest concentration
for granite quarries of these shades is Brazil and South America.
Green Granite - of all the different granite colors, green
types are arguably the most variable when it comes to their additional colors.
While most of the other colors have only minor differences in their supporting
shades no matter the source of the granite, greens tend towards vastly different
supporting colors. Emerald Pearl from Norway is green with aqua and blue shadings,
while Forest Green from India is green with rose and gray shades, and Olive Green
from South Africa sports solid black bands running through the granite. Verde Bahia
from Brazil sports gold mixed in with the green. This vast difference in supporting
colors makes green marble particularly attractive to those who like variance in
Rose - while shades of red like crimson and normal red are
also a choice amongst granite buyers, the rarest type of granite overall to find
is rose granite. Rose granite ranges from pink to lavender in it's base color,
and support colors in the stone are usually equally soothing on the eyes, like
white and pale gold. Some types of rose granite also has clashing colors in the
stone, usually dark gray, to offer a marked contrast to the pink. Brazil and China
are the main sources where rose granite can be found.