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Portobello Quartzite

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Portobello Quartzite offers the look of marble and the strength of marble, without loosing it uniqueness and Brazilian originality.

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Portobello quartzite is a light grey base stone. It comprises a pattern with medium movement in dark grey veining durable surface suitable for both interior spaces and harsh weather external conditions.

Originally quarried in the region of Portobello, Brazil where it lends it name from, this stone is suitable for varied specifications. Therefore, architects and interior designers may require materials such as Portobello granite or quartzite that will provide a unique and memorable look.

Portobello quartzite’s characteristics are well received in interior spaces due to its metamorphic looks and similarities to natural marble.

Whilst marble is made out of calcium and dolomite which makes it prone to etching and/or staining, quartzite comprises a substantially different mineral make up. Originally Sandstone, Portobello quartzite is form by being subjected to extreme heat a pressure on the earth’s crust which makes it far less susceptible to such occurrences yet slightly more than granite rocks.

Available in slab formats of 20mm and 30mm thickness and polished, honed, leather and Satinato finish; Portobello quartzite is a versatile and durable stone with an extreme resistance to accidental impact and suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Portobello is classified as a quartzite in Europe and classified as Portobello granite in the USA and China, resulting in different names for the material, across quarries and importers who may at times classify it as a marble or granite.

Features and benefits of Portobello quartzite in design and architectural applications:

  • Increasingly popular material due to a mix of sophisticated looks with an element of crystalline minerals.
  • Decadent and luxurious
  • Extremely durable and resistant to stains
  • Available in earthy colours with stunning appearance
  • Suitable for modern and traditional designs
  • Adds value to properties
  • Honed finished provide vintage and old fashioned looks
  • Very low maintenance requirements
  • Naturally strong: third strongest mineral on earth
  • Natural product
  • Non-toxic
  • Suitable for food preparation areas