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The Timelessness of Granite

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 6, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Countertops to Monuments and Everything in Between

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The beautiful igneous rock we know as granite has been called by many names over the ages, but one

thing always remains the same: granite has always been—and ever will be—a treasured stone.

It’s on our kitchen countertops and it’s what makes up some of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Here are a few you might recognize.

The estimated erosion rate on the faces of Mount Rushmore is 1” every 10,000 years—so little that park rangers answer no when asked if Mount Rushmore is eroding.

Mount Rushmore

This iconic monument in South Dakota was carved into a solid granite mountain from 1927–1941 in the heart of the Black Hills.

There are two main types of stone in the monument: the upper portion is a fine-grained light-colored granite—prime for carving. The lower section is darker metamorphic mica schist.

Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port city in the Kancheepuram district in India. It has so many sculptures, buildings, and monuments carved out of granite that it is thought to be the home of an ancient arts school.

The granite structures have stood since the middle of the first century CE and continue to delight visitors.

Signers Monument

This granite obelisk in Augusta, Georgia was created to commemorate three signers of the Declaration of Independence who lived in the area: Lyman Hall, George Walton, and Button Gwinnett. It was constructed in 1848 of solid blocks of granite.

The only remaining pieces of the Colossal Granite statue are the head and a single arm. The location of the other pieces of the statue remains a mystery.

Colossal Granite Head of Amenhotep III

The British Museum is home to what remains of a massive statue of Egyptian pharaoh, Amenhotep III.

The head is made of red granite and dates back to 1370 BCE. It was discovered in 1817 at Karnak. Granite was a popular material for statues in ancient Egypt. The durability of granite allows us to enjoy the excellent craftsmanship of the ancient Egyptians today.


Though your granite tile may not be a work of art compared to these famous monuments, you value granite as the ancients did. Start a heritage in your home with a stone that lasts through the ages. Hand select granite for your home at one of Daltile's stone slabyards today.

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