Tropic brown granite has no other names, and needs no introduction. Lets learn a bit more about one of the most densely packed granites out there.
It is quarried in large amounts from a quarry in the province of Najran, Saudi arabia and is formed mainly of a brown bedrock that is almost golden sand like in color.
This has been accentuated by densely packed brown minerals that are a slightly darker golden brown in colour. This incredible two tone display is backed up by a liberal sprinkling of the mineral biotite which is a dark dark black in color. Finally, as if by design – there are lighter cream minerals in the stone that are much less dense – but bring the stone into a much more usable lighter tone.
The amount of variation in the mineral content of this granite is very low, and most slabs will look alike. There are very occasionally large clumps of the black biotite mineral which can remove the unfirom appearance that this stone is loved for. However this is not very common, and any good stone dealer would be sure to tell you this in advance.
How Much Does Tropic Brown Granite Cost?
There is a high demand for tropic brown and it is subject to quite heavy export duties from Saudi Arabia. Luckily it is quite heavily quarried and is regular supply.
A 3cm thick slab of tropic brown granite will cost you in the region of $45-$55 per square foot. A 2cm thick slab will be roughly $35-$40 per square foot.
While it is always good to inspect the slab you will receive before you purchase it, it is not always necessary with this granite – it’s variations are just too low.
Tropic brown granite countertops look best with wooden cabinets that have not been stained too dark. A light stain – or even natural wood looks best. Kitchen cabinets that have been stained dark will almost drown out the subtle earthy tones of the granite – which is not usually desirable.
Cherry cabinets look quite striking with tropic brown and can really make the stone pop – providing the rest of the room is quite a neutral and light colour. Whites, creams, and even light browns will work.
It creates a very natural and down to earth feel to the room and certainly complements neutral colors very well. If you are planning on painting your cabinets – white is probably the best color to go for.
Let us know what you think about this awesome stone – or ask any questions you may have in the comments section below!