Let’s face it, folks. The material you choose for your kitchen countertops can make or break the design of your kitchen. Spoiler alert: Taj Mahal Quartzite is a great option and my all-time favorite material for kitchen counters and backsplash!
It also works wonders for an accent wall and comes in a variety of colors. The color variations are both creamy and delicious with lots of warm tones marble-like essence, but way more durable.
Remember, the total surface area and visual space counters occupy can often be more than half your floor space. Crazy right? So it should go without saying that you want to give it some serious thought and consideration when the time comes to make this remodel decision.
More on what to consider during a kitchen remodel here.
Of course, your budget will impact what you can do. But the good news is that there are a ton of great countertop options out there including; Quartzite Taj Mahal tile, marble, granite, butcher block, etc. Read on to learn why I think Taj Mahal quartzite is the best choice.
What is Taj Mahal Quartzite?
Taj Mahal Quartzite—sometimes referred to as Taj Mahal quartz—is a beautiful type of natural quartzite mined in Brazil. As a natural stone, exact colorings vary from slab to slab, but generally you’ll see creamy whites and grays accompanied by veins of brown and gold.
What is Taj Mahal Quartzite Used For?
Taj Mahal quartz is used for a variety of household adornments. This natural material offers the beauty of marble while still maintaining a high level of durability and hardness.
Taj Mahal Countertops
Taj Mahal counters and countertops are a beautiful way to add a natural touch to your kitchen or bathroom. Prices vary, but Taj Mahal counters usually cost as much—if not more—than marble or granite countertops. You can expect to pay between $95 to $100 per square foot.
Taj Mahal Flooring
This stone can also be used as flooring for your home. The bathroom is a particularly popular choice for Taj Mahal flooring, as it’s sure to make the room look absolutely stunning. Taj Mahal Quartzite isn’t particularly porous, but you should still seal it anyway to prevent wear.
Taj Mahal Walls
Taj Mahal Quartzite can even be used to tile your walls. Although extremely costly, this method is sure to make any room look luxurious, especially with natural light shining in. Since the stone is naturally occurring, each wall will look slightly different, adding to the overall character of the living space.
Why Taj Mahal Quartzite is better than Marble
First things first. Marble can be great – it’s classic and a complete luxury. But, my personal opinion (please don’t @ me,) is that it’s actually not worth the trouble or budget.
Gasp, I know! I just can’t with marble guys. It’s so fussy and really expensive. Taj Mahal counters and backsplash are far superior. I cook a lot, and simple things like lemon juice or even a glass of slightly spilled wine, or vinegar-based sauce will easily stain the surface.
I don’t have the time (or patience ) to be constantly cleaning and repairing my counters. I’d rather be chatting with you via DM on Instagram.
Plus, I am so OCD I just can’t stomach the idea of seeing wine and water rings all day long. With Quartzite Taj Mahal you never have to worry – and we all appreciate that.
You don’t have any of those issues with this material. It looks great, can withstand literally anything you throw at it, and looks like a million bucks. Some things you might be wondering:
Why you should go with beautiful quartzite countertops
Quartzite Taj Mahal looks just as lux as marble and offers a warm soft white background that looks incredible as a countertop material. In fact, I think it looks better. Taj mahal surfaces complement literally any design style.
The dramatic veins, sophisticated look, and high quality make it unbeatable. Trust me. I have yet to see it not look fantastic. Just look at my kitchen counters and backsplash above.
I have a friend who used three quartzite slabs on two waterfall islands and for his bathroom countertops. It’s a literal daydream. Plus, Taj Mahal countertops look warmer, more enchanting, and often contain a golden caramel veining.
Did I mention they are highly scratch resistant? They clean easily with just mild soap. Plus, they are heat resistant which is perfect for those hot pans. This makes them super resilient to the everyday wear and tears of a kitchen that gets lots and lots of use.
Taj Mahal even stands up to fryer oil spills from my rosemary and cornflake buttermilk fried chicken.
How much do Taj Mahal counters cost?
The kicker? The cost of going with Quartzite Taj Mahal is on average about the same or less than marble. I mean, what’s not to love about that?
Marble and natural quartzite tend to run around $100 a square foot in California – but ranges vary depending on the rarity and dealer up to $200 per square foot.
The quartzite stone or granite slabs often need to be cut with diamond blades which adds to the cost due to the high mineral content.
While marble is popular, the look of the Taj Mahal Quartzite is better, and so much more durable. No, chips or stains here. Plus your kids can try to rough them up and they will still look great. It’s a win/win/win.
How to Buy Taj Mahal Quartzite
It’s not hard to buy Taj Mahal Quartzite. Generally, home improvement retailers like Home Depot will carry a few Taj Mahal countertops and similar pieces in stock.
However, if you look online, there are plenty of specialty retailers who will likely offer a wider selection of Taj Mahal Quartzite products.
Frequently Asked Questions About Taj Mahal Quartzite.
IS TAJ MAHAL GRANITE?
Although many people may refer to Taj Mahal as granite or quartz (which is the artificial version quartzite), Taj Mahal is actually a naturally-occurring type of quartzite.
WHAT COLOR CABINETS GO WITH TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE?
- The good news about Quartzite Taj Mahal? Anything. The bad news – that means there are too many options. I went black – and the contrasting look is stunning, but a muddy neutral, tans, off whites, natural woods, and even a deep green will look great too. You can’t go wrong!
WHAT BACKSPLASH GOES WITH TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE?
- Spoiler alert: Just use the same slab for your counters as the backsplash. The seamless look is breathtaking and it makes the look for cohesive than trying tile or otherwise. Go for it!
IS TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE HARD TO TAKE CARE OF?
- No, in fact, Quartzite Taj Mahal is more durable than marble and stronger than granite. It can even withstand heat (in a way marble can not). Hot Coffee and piping hot pots of chocolate chili rest comfortably on this surface.
IS TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE EXPENSIVE?
- It’s not more expensive than its most popular arch-nemesis marble. It runs on average about $100 / Sq. Ft. in CA but varies up to $200 based on supplier and region.
DOES TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE NEED TO BE SEALED?
- Yes, like other natural stones, you should get it professionally sealed, and clean with soap and water as needed. Be sure to seal it every 4-5 years.
WHERE IS TAJ MAHAL BEST USED?
- Because it’s so durable you can use it just about anywhere including; counters, kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and even fireplaces!
WHAT TYPE OF STONE IS IT?
- It’s quartzite but is often confused with granite. Quartzite is similar to granite but is even stronger.
WHAT DOES TAJ MAHAL LOOK LIKE AND IS IT CLOSE TO MARBLE?
- Taj Mahal has an enchanting creamy look, with warm whites, and caramel veining that looks shockingly close to marble without all the fussiness.
IS TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE A GOOD CHOICE?
- Absolutely, it has all the benefits of looking like marble but is more durable and heat resistant. It will stand the test of time and stay looking gorgeous for years to come.
WHAT IS A GOOD TAJ MAHAL ALTERNATIVE?
- Marble (if you want a similar look). But if you want similar hardiness – granite works well.
IS TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE DURABLE?
- Taj Mahal quartzite counters are extremely durable. It’s stronger than granite because it contains quartz. As such it won’t ship and ding easily with most common household activities. I’ve tried! lol.
WHERE IS TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE FROM?
- This material is from Brazil.
So what do ya think guys? Have I convinced you to consider Quartzite Taj Mahal versus granite or even marble?
I do not regret my final decision one bit. Not only does my kitchen look fantastic but I don’t have to be too careful when preparing food on my countertops because Taj Mahal is nearly impossible to scratch.
Plus, I was able to save some money because it was actually cheaper than marble, so I was able to use some of that extra budget to buy other things for my kitchen. It’s a win-win!
Give it a try, if ya can swing it! You won’t regret it. xoxox