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Granite countertops are an American obsession. But how did they become so ubiquitous? Our nation’s countertop history has had a few surprising twists and turns.

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Granite countertops are beautiful, but aren’t they a little overrated? In the past, Americans loved their formica and laminate countertops, so what changed the kitchen landscape?

It turns out that stone imports from countries like Brazil and Italy, improved means of importing and cutting granite, and a general decrease in cost made the once-elite material accessible to the HGTV-loving masses. The history of granite countertops isn’t just about shiny counters, but about international trade, technology, and how trends trickle down from elites to the masses.

Is granite here to stay? Who knows — quartz may prove to be formidable competition. But now at least you won’t take it for granted (yes, we knowingly passed up the opportunity to write “take it for granite” — classy, right?).

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Ive worked for a contractor for the past 3 years, maybe installed 50~ish granite countertops.in kitchens etc. First of all you can get some decent prices now. And there's a ton of different color patterns. I do agree on the chipping part. But the biggest problem is not getting it sealed properly and having water leak into it or beneath. Lament is now associated with cheap, where as Granite is more "high class"

  2. Thick warm wooden countertops is where it's at folks, once you bond with countertop made of pure reclaimed White Oak, you will never know loneliness again, and that's a promise! 😉

    Also, they kill fascists.

  3. What about stainless appliances? They became popular at about the same time as granite. Painted appliances are cheaper and you don't have to constantly clean the fingerprints.

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