Quartz used to be known as engineered stone, because it is just that—a synthetic material that’s made in a factory out of stone chips, resins, and pigments. Quartzite, by comparison, is a metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. It is extracted from a quarry and formed into finished slabs that become kitchen countertops, as well as tiles for floors, walls, and backsplashes.
Quartzite is often compared to granite in terms of hardness and durability. It combines that toughness with the variegated patterning of marble, which makes for an alluring combination.
Like all-natural stones, each slab of quartzite has unique veining with various shades of dark and light grey. The crystalized appearance of quartzite is simply beautiful making it a standout feature in any kitchen.