Taj Mahal, like other quartzites, is priced not so much by quality or country of origin as much as its availability.
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Dekton by Cosentino introduces five striking new colors that highlight the beauty of natural stone as part of the Natural Collection.
Aura: A New Design Concept
Aura replicates the elegance and beauty of Calacatta marble with large-scale veining for an impactful design statement. Aura provides a stunning option for those interested in the luxurious look of marble – a trend that has shown a recent strong resurgence in the U.S. market – without the maintenance issues typically associated with natural stone.
For the first time, Cosentino has developed a slab design with an endless symmetrical pattern. Aura can be composed so that the veining continues from one slab to the next, giving a true mirror effect known as “book-matching.”
Edora is uniform in color yet contains delicate, undulating textures offering a minimalist concept and a natural look. Its warm neutral tones are distinctly stylish and classic.
Thin, delicate veining gives Irok its unmistakable appearance. Its creamy tones and a subtle movement evoke the look of limestone, offering enduring beauty for myriad of applications.
Another marble-like variant in the collection is Kairos, which offers a soft, white base striated with subtle, pale grey veining reminiscent of Italian Carrera marble. Its natural veining and milky appearance brings an elegant brightness for both classic and cutting-edge environments.
The stormy taupe of Vegha reveals a layered depth, which is impactful yet neutral. Inspired by the formations of limestone and sandstone, its innovative look is sophisticated and versatile enough for a variety of aesthetics.
Dekton retails for $58-$96 per square foot, depending on thickness and color.
How It’s Made
Dekton is made using a proprietary process called Particle Sintering Technology (PST), which is an accelerated version of the change that rocks and stone undergo in nature when subjected to heat and pressure over thousands of years. Dekton has reduced this process to four hours with extreme heat and pressure resulting in an ultra-compact surface with superior technical characteristics.
Dekton offers a 25-year limited residential warranty on the material. The warranty does not cover “commercial uses” of the Dekton products. “Commercial uses” include but are not limited to use in commercial buildings such as
retail stores, restaurants, offices, hotels, or apartment complexes.
TheSize keeps up with current trends and introduces a new collection to their innovative Neolith compact surfacing line called Classtone.
Inspired by the timeless look of marble, Classtone blends the classicism and elegance of marble with their revolutionary Neolith Digital Design (NDD) technology.
The Classtone Collection was presented at Cersaie 2013 and KBIS 2014 this past February and introduced a new sizing format, 3,200 x 1,500 mm with a thickness of 12 mm.
Rigorously realistic marble-like Pulpis, Marfil, Estatuario and Marquina comprise the Classtone line. The new collection is suitable for floors and facades, but designers will find it ideal for large kitchen countertops and bathrooms walls.
“Neolith is perfect for architects, interior designers and other industry professionals who really aim at impressing their clients with striking designs and high-performance spaces.” –Mario Ramirez, North American Sales
Estatuario is the most versatile color and comes in 6 different variations with 2 finishes: Satin and Riverwashed. The patterns are E01, E02, E03 and their mirrored images E01R, E02R, E03R. Marfil and Pulpis are offered only in the satin finish.
Like all Neolith products, Classtone is an ultra compact surface that’s made of 100-percent natural material including clay, feldspar, silica, and mineral oxide. It’s an exceptionally durable, extremely thin material that’s scratch, stain, UV, cold, heat, and fire resistant. It also stands up to harsh cleaning agents and chemicals, plus requires very little maintenance. Neolith’s super thin sheets offer a lightweight alternative to natural stone.
One should note that each quarry is unique, so the clay or sand will have different amounts of silicates and feldspar. Depending on the mixture, clay may have to be added, and other times they just have to add color.
TheSize offers a 15 year limited warranty on its 3+3+3, 3+3, 5+3, 5+5, 10 and 12 mm thick NEOLITH slabs used for countertop applications.