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Granite is still sought after

Among several flooring options available in the market, granite is still the most sought after. And the shades of this stone range from majestic Pearl Black to the sober hues of Red. Granites are available in two alternatives: slabs and tiles. The thickness of slabs varies from 16 mm to 18 mm while tiles come in the range of 8 mm to 10 mm, depending on the quality that is being purchased.

Price range

Prices range from Rs.35 to Rs.100 for tiles of 2 sq. ft. by 1 sq. ft. size and slabs are priced between Rs.60 and Rs.350 per sq. ft. depending on size that ranges from 4 sq. ft. by 2 sq. ft. to 10 sq. ft. by 6 sq. ft.

Granites from Andhra Pradesh are classified according to their colour. “Black granite is an internationally approved stone and is used in many contemporary structures as kitchen counter, bathroom counter and table. A different type of granite, Black Galaxy, has good market demand in the U.S.,” says Dhiraj Bansal of Bansal Marble and Granites.

“The other types in demand include Steel Grey and Pearl Black,” he adds. These varieties cost between Rs.30 and Rs.45 per sq. ft.

Coloured granite from Karnataka includes Sadari White, a creamish colour, and Hassan green. These stones are priced between Rs.55 and Rs.65 per sq. ft. Those from Tamil Nadu — Rare Silk, Palva Gold, Kashmir Gold, Kashmir White and Yellow Fantasy —range from Rs.55 to Rs.65 per sq. ft. Priced between Rs.85 and Rs.120 per sq. ft. are Seaweed Green, River Green and Bama Blues from Orissa. Granite from Rajasthan comes in colours, predominantly red. Colours such as Sindhuri Red, Nagina Green and Copper Silk are priced between Rs.35 and Rs.100.

ABHIJIT DEV KUMAR

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