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This massive, dense, versatile material has gained widespread use throughout human history. We sculpt in black, blue-grey, and beige granites from block form. Not only are these colors universal in appeal, but they also lend themselves to a variety of styles and textures, from a rustic, rough-chiseled surface to a contemporary, high-polished one for contrast. Because this material born from molten magma and forms over hundreds of years, some natural mineral deposits are to be expected. These show up as round or irregular-shaped anomalies that are silver, gold or copper in color. These anomalies are generally small, but can range up to approximately one inch in diameter (about the size of a quarter). These inclusions are a part of the makeup of the natural stone. We also work with granite in boulder form, which allows us to use the exterior, rougher crust as a contrast to a high-polished interior bowl (check out our Wabi or Pebble Vessel Sinks, or our Natural Boulder Bathtub).

       

Basalt is an igneous (volcanic) material formed mostly from lava flows.  Dense and durable, basalt lends itself to a wide range of sculptural applications.

In the bath and kitchen, we love basalt because it has the neutrality of concrete, coupled with the “radiant mass” of natural stone.  In the garden, we use columnar basalt from a small, family owned quarry in Inner Mongolia and contrast the natural exterior that has weathered over thousands of years with polished facets that reveal the “soul” of the stone.

Please note: our basalt material has some non-structural inclusions that appear as thin white lines in the natural material.

Fun Facts:  Basalt is the original constituent of the crust from which almost all other rock types have evolved.  Basalt is also found on the Moon and other rocky planets of the Solar System.

Carrara

Marquina Taupe

Siena Silver Gray

Papiro Cream

In its purest form, the natural luster of Carrara Marble brightens the ambiance in any home. Its history and widespread uses make it a prominent symbol for tradition and sophisticated tastes.  Michelangelo refused to use anything but pure white marble for his sculpture of David!  Origin: Carrara, Italy Types: The most common of the Carrara marbles is Bianco — a light gray. Bianco Statuario (or Statuary Carrara) and Bianco Venetino (or Venetino Carrara) are both pure white in background, marked with gray veins. More dramatic variations include: Arabesco — with gray veins and markings known as arabesques across its surface — and Cipollino, which resembles the onion it was named after with green, white and gray bands across its surface.

Uses: The Greeks and Romans favored Carrara marble for sculptures and architecture. In home design, white marble adds a gleaming magnificence to countertops, bath tubs, flooring and decorative furniture. Apart from adding a touch of luxury to the home, marble can act as a cooling system due to its abilities to lower indoor temperatures. When it comes to bath tubs, the marble also possesses special insulating properties that will retain the waters heat at the right temperature for longer periods. History: Carrara marble has been used for over 2,000 years. The first peak in activity with pure white marble began during the Roman Imperial period when it served as the primary stone for public buildings. Fun Fact: Carrara marble is rare and very expensive; during ancient times when public buildings were constructed primarily from marble, it showed off the power of Italy.

Landscape Sandstone

Grigio Sandstone

Sandstone has been used for centuries as a trusted medium for architecture, sculpture, interior design and more. The sedimentary rock is relatively soft and easy to work with compared to stones such as marble and granite. Its layers of reds, browns, greys and other colors also make a stunning visual statement. Michael Zimber, owner of Stone Forest in Santa Fe, NM, is inspired by this material. Each year he travels the globe, hand-picks the best pieces of sandstone and transforms them into hand-carved bathtubs, vessel sinks and other creations. While Zimber appreciates sandstone's beauty and workability, he's especially drawn to another fact: each layer tells a unique story about thousands of years of history on earth. As the sand was deposited in estuaries and tidal flats eons ago, it also held random concentrations of minerals that now show up in the stone as spots, freckles, eye or colored patches. The occurrence of these mineral inclusions is a natural expression of this unique material. We do our best to select blocks from the quarry that carry a minimum of anomalies and do not ship those finished pieces that may have large differences in pigment. Nonetheless, all of our Sandstone vessels carry some degree of anomalies.

Beige Limestone

Antique Gray Limestone

Jerusalem Gold Limestone

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