13 May Granite
Granite is a light-colored igneous rock with grains large enough to be visible with the unaided eye. It forms from the slow crystallization of magma below Earth’s surface. Granite is mainly composed of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles, and other minerals. This mineral composition usually gives granite a red, pink, gray, or white color with dark mineral grains visible throughout the rock
Granite has been used since ancient times as a building material as its’ vibrantly rich color and polish does not fade easily. Regardless of the polished-glossy or rough-textured finish, it is very easy to clean and maintain. It is highly heat, scratch and stain resistant. Choose granite when permanence, enduring color and texture, and complete freedom from deterioration and maintenance are prime requirements. Many people recognize granite because it is used to make many objects that we encounter in daily life and carries an extraordinary timeless quality of luxury and beauty. These include countertops, floor tiles, stair treads, building veneer, signage, paving stone, curbing, streetscape, cobblestones, bollards, landscaping, fountains, table, benches, flower pot, lanterns, and monuments. Available finishes include polished, honed, flamed, bush-hammered, rippled, sandblasted, chiseled, and antique.
Some of the most famous granite constructions in the world include: Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills, South Dakota which is a sculpture of United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln sculpted from a granite outcrop, the colossal red granite Head of Amenhotep III which was originally found in the temple of Mut at Karnak in Egypt and, India’s Brihadeeswarar Temple to Shiva made from a single enormous piece of granite.