Marble was favored by Greek and Roman sculptors and architects and has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. With its characteristic swirls and veins, extensive variations and colorful patterns, marble is a preferred decorative material. It is widely used for sculpture and as a building material for floors, countertops, fireplaces and sinks.
The Classic Beauty of White Marble
Elegant and timeless, white marble has no equal and it still remains the worldwide leading choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Since no two slabs are alike, clients can add an entirely unique element to their home. More a piece of art than a construction material, white marble's dramatic veining against a pure white backdrop is a show-stopper.
Its spectacular beauty outweighs concerns over its softer and more porous nature than its nearly indestructible granite counterpart. Fortunately, white marble develops a beautiful patina over time, but for clients concerned about acid etching, a honed finish is recommended for kitchens.
Types of White Marble Available at Stone West®
Look no farther -- Stone West® has the most extensive selection of high-quality White Marble from Italy. Slabs are available in 2CM, 3CM and 5CM thicknesses and polished or honed finishes. Marble tiles are available in various sizes and patterns including hexagons, subway style, 12" x 24" rectangular flooring and much more.
White Carrara, White Carrara Extra, White Carrara Classic, Calacatta Caldia, Calacatta Gold, Calacatta Continental, Calacatta Michelangelo.
Quartzite has become as highly-prized and sought after as marble. This metamorphic rock is made up entirely of natural quartz and has the look of marble but with the durability of granite so you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Its soft backgrounds with natural veining and neutral color palette make it a favorite among designers. Homeowners love that it resembles marble but is so durable they don’t have to worry about etching, scratching and staining - making it perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
Not all quartzites are created equal! Stone West spares no expense in sourcing our slabs from blocks that have the right mineral combination that produces the ethereal translucent-like quality that can easily be mistaken for marble. Our premium quartzite slabs are available in whites, greys and creams and in honed and polished finishes.
A metamorphic rock, unsealed soapstone presents a weathered or aged appearance that develops naturally over time as the patina is enhanced. Traditionally, mineral oil can be applied as a natural sealer. Soapstone is used for inlaid designs, sculpture, kitchen countertops, sinks, fireplaces and barbecues.
What is Soapstone?
Blending classic beauty with functionality and durability, Soapstone is one of nature's most perfect creations. This metamorphic stone gets its name from the soft or "soapy" feel of its surface. Slab colors vary from soft grays to rich charcoals to velvety deep greens and can be almost uniform in color or have white veining throughout. Soapstone is very versatile and utilized in a wide range of design styles. Used widely in rustic and country kitchens for its warmth, Soapstone is also hugely popular with those who prefer modern design for its silky and utilitarian look. Since no two slabs are ever alike, your Soapstone countertop will never be duplicated in another home.
Perhaps its best feature is its durability. Soapstone is so durable that stoves and sinks made from Soapstone in the 1800s are still being used today in the northeastern United States. Soapstone is an investment for life and can last for generations. It will age beautifully and develop a natural patina over time, darkening to a deep charcoal color. Any scratches and marks that occur only add to its character. But for those with a perfectionist streak, Soapstone is definitely the stone for you. Scratches can be sanded out and the counter returned to its initial integrity. You can't do that with any other material.
Should I Put Soapstone in my Kitchen?
The answer is a resounding YES! Adding a Soapstone slab to your kitchen, means you have a completely natural surface, harvested directly from the earth. A Soapstone counter has no sealers or toxic chemicals and can be completely recycled, making it by far the most environmentally-friendly choice for your kitchen counter. Soapstone is so dense that no sealants are required. Mineral oil and beeswax can be applied for aesthetic purposes to create a darker look and enhance the appearance of veining, but are not required.
No other surface is as well-suited for kitchens as Soapstone. Because it is non-porous and will never absorb liquids, spilling a glass of red wine on a Soapstone counter is not a problem. Soapstone is also chemically inert and non-reactive as well as impervious to germs and bacteria, creating a healthier and safer environment in the kitchen. And it's also an excellent heat insulator. You never have to worry about putting a hot pan directly onto a Soapstone counter because it's unaffected by heat and will not be damaged.
It's no wonder that Soapstone has developed such a zealous following. Designers, architects and discerning consumers alike are obsessed with its virtues and wouldn't consider any other material for their kitchen counters.
Types of Soapstone Available at Stone West®
You've come to the right place! Stone West® has the largest selection of the best quality Soapstone available from all over the world. Available in a 3CM thickness and natural, honed or leathered finishes.
Soapstone, Green Soapstone, Black Soapstone, Silver Vermont Soapstone, Leathered Soapstone.
An igneous rock, granite is relatively non-porous and a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its high durability as well as aesthetic qualities. With its multitude of varieties, functionality and elegance, granite has endured as a leading building material from antiquity to modern day, its uses limited only by the imagination.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock that emerges from the Earth's surface in often spectacular rocky outcrops and islands. Because it is long-lasting and stands up well to exposure, limestone is very commonly found in architecture. Many landmarks across the world, including the Great Pyramid in Egypt, are made of limestone.
This terrestrial sedimentary rock was mined by the Romans. In fact, the largest building in the world that is constructed mostly of travertine is the Colosseum in Rome. Travertine continues to be one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture -- notably, the Getty Center in Los Angeles -- which showcases extensive use of travertine that was imported from Tivoli and Guidonia.