Latin: granum - "grain" is a crystalline rock of volcanic origin, which consists of feldspars (40-60%), quartz (25-50%) and colorful metals (up to 15%). Granite is solider, harder and less porous than marble. Granite stone comes in many different shades of colors. It may be used for kitchen working surfaces, bathroom surfaces and floors, and particularly for intensively used places. It is the most popular material of kitchen working surfaces. Granite is freeze resistant, thereby suited for outdoor decoration.