Dakota Mahogany granite is a stunning stone that is renowned for its black bedrock and deep brown mineral deposits. It is quarried in several quarries in northern India and is not commonly known by any other industry names. It’s a great stone for kitchen countertops and backsplashes. Let’s learn a little more.
From afar a slab of Dakota Mahogany granite will usually look predominantly black or a deep brown. Depending upon the lighting conditions you may be able to make out some of the darker brown mineral deposits from a distance too. Its overall effect is reasonably uniform, however you can see that the granite has some kind of mottled pattern to it.
When you get close to granite the stunning brown minerals that give this stone its name become clear and they create quite the impression! These stunning minerals are scattered around the stone in high quantities, and will cover between 30% and 60% of the stones surface. They are usually quite small in size, and can range from less than 1cm in diameter up to about 6cm in diameter. They are overall a mahogany in color (hence the stones name!) but can differ in tone slightly. Ranging from a medium brown, through to a deep chocolate brown. The variation in the different tones of brown adds a great level of interest and depth to this granite which stops the overall effect being a little too bland and boring.
These stunning brown mineral deposits are surrounded by the black bedrock that makes up the bulk of this stones mass. The bedrock can range from a deep dark black, through to an almost dark grey color in places.
To add a little glitz and sparkle to this granite small white quartz crystals are scattered throughout the stone. They are almost always in very small speckles and are certainly not easily visible. However when they catch the light they reveal themselves and make the stone feel very luxurious.
This granite will not stain very easily and can last many years providing it is kept clean. Due to its dark color – fingerprints can be reasonably visible on your countertops and may require a little more wiping down than you are currently used to. The mottled brown patterns help to hide these fingerprints slightly so it is not as bad as other dark granites in this respect.
The amount of natural light that you have in your kitchen will affect how Dakota Mahogany looks overall. In rooms with large amounts of natural light the brown minerals will be more pronounced and will visible from further away. Conversely in darker rooms they will be less visible and the stone will take on a much darker overall tone.
Dakota Mahogany granite is rated as having a low variation level. This means that any two slabs that are quarried will look very similar. Which is great news! As you can be pretty certain that any slab you may purchase will look like ones you have seen while doing some research. This being said – we always recommend you take a look at any slab before you buy it. But with the low level of variation within this stone – just looking at a picture will probably suffice.
How Much Does Dakota Mahogany Granite Cost?
This granite is a mid range granite – a 3cm thick slab of Dakota Mahogany granite will cost you in the region of $45 to $55 per square foot. A 2cm thick slab will cost you between $30 and $40 per square foot.
The brown mineral deposits become incredibly pronounced and are much more visible than when combined with other cabinet colors. Out of al of the cabinet colors – we highly recommend you get a Dakota Mahogany backsplash if you have cherry cabinets. When the stone is placed on the wall next to the cabinets it is quite stunning!
With dark kitchen cabinets Dakota Mahogany granite will take on a much darker overall appearance. The dark brown minerals slightly compete for attention with the dark cabinets and can be a little less noticeable from a distance. This does not mean that it’s a bad effect at all, and many people like it!
When combined with white kitchen cabinets Dakota Mahogany granite is at its most stark. The dark countertops contrast strongly with the pure white cabinets. This can create a very modern and contemporary look. The brown minerals are slightly amplified by the white and light cabinets and will be a little more noticeable than usual.
Do you have any questions? Do you have this granite in your home? We would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment in the box below!