Quartzite Kalahari: beauty and power of the desert in modern design

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Due to its exceptional aesthetic properties and excellent resistance, the quartzite Kalahari is one of the most appreciated natural stones in architecture and design.

Even though the name is reminiscent of the Namibian desert, this quartzite comes from Brazil.

The fascinating colour palette, which reminds us of the colours of the vast Kalahari Desert, makes this quartzite interesting for all residential and commercial spaces, while adding a touch of nature and uniqueness.

In this article, we will talk in detail about the properties of the quartzite Kalahari, about the origin of its evocative name and its use indoors and outdoors.


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Origin and characteristics of the quartzite Kalahari

The quartzite Kalahari is a natural stone of extraordinary beauty and strength, its geological origin lies in the ancient rock formations of Brazil. 

Thanks to its intriguing earth tones and atmospheric patterns, this quartzite got its name from the famous African desert.  It is the result of a long and complex metamorphic process that lasted millions of years. Ground movements, very high pressure and extreme temperatures led to profound chemical and physical transformations that formed the characteristic crystalline and diverse structure of this material.

The quartzite Kalahari is mined in the mountainous regions of Brazil and originates from sandstone deposits that have been transformed over millions of years by strong pressure and high temperatures.
During the process, known as metamorphism, the original quartz grains in the sandstone fused into an extremely dense and compact matrix.
The rock that was formed not only has an exceptional scratch and wear resistance but is also characterized by a high intergranular cohesion.

The veins and colour variations of the quartzite Kalahari, ranging from white to beige to darker and more intense tones, are the result of mineral impurities trapped in the quartz during metamorphosis.

The chromatic details of quartzite Kalahari will create a unique and inimitable look, providing a striking and characterful atmosphere.

The quartzite Kalahari is known for its hardness and durability and can be used in a variety of ways.

Main features include:

  • Hardness and durability: the quartzite Kalahari is one of the hardest natural stones and resistant to scratches, wear, and heat, so it is well suited in kitchens and bathrooms, where such properties are important.
  • Colour variety: Kalahari quartzite slabs have a wonderful variety of colours, ranging from neutral to warmer shades, reminiscent of the landscape of the Kalahari Desert, the colours can vary from cream to earthy red with veins that often have grey or bluish shades.
  • Uniqueness of each slab: no two Kalahari quartzite slabs are alike; each slab is therefore unique and particularly attractive for those who are looking for an exclusive and individual design.


Meaning of the name “Quartzite Kalahari”

The name "Quartzite Kalahari" derives from the Kalahari Desert, which is in southern Africa and stretches through Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.

The quartzite Kalahari evokes colours and texture of one of the largest deserts in the world, known for its infinite beauty as well as for its inhospitable environment.

This natural stone symbolizes the resilience and untamed beauty of the desert, with its warm colours reflecting the sand and natural hues of the desert area.


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Application of the quartzite Kalahari in design

Thanks to its natural beauty and durability, the quartzite Kalahari can be used in a variety of ways, both indoors and outdoors, but looks best with a polished and satin-finished surface.

The following applications are most common:

  • Kitchen countertop and kitchen island: its heat and scratch resistance makes it an optimal choice for countertops, as the unmistakable appearance of the quartzite Kalahari adds style and elegance to any kitchen. 
  • Cladding and flooring: if you are looking for a durable floor covering with great aesthetic impact, the quartzite Kalahari is a good choice, as it is a luxurious and practical alternative for bathrooms, entrances, and wall coverings.
  • Application outdoors: due to its weather resistance, the quartzite Kalahari is well suited for outdoor use, such as flooring, façade cladding or decorative element in gardens and outdoor spaces. 

The quartzite Kalahari offers a unique combination of aesthetics and practicality, making it the first choice for architects and designers who want to create distinctive spaces that will last a long time.



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