Sunday, March 17, 2013

Slab Sunday: Rain Forest Green Marble

Rain Forest Green is quarried from a bedrock quarry in India.



Sidenote:  Rain Forest Green is not technically a marble, it's a Serpentinite. Serpentinite is a rock composed predominantly of one or more serpentine minerals. If you'd like to read a little more about Serpentinite's read here and/or here.
Commercially though, Rain Forest Green is sold as a marble. Therefore I will refer to it as a marble from here on out. I just didn't want to get a bunch of emails letting me know how wrong I am for calling it a marble. :)

Other names for Rain Forest Green include: Bidasar Green and Vidasar Green.

Due to Rain Forest Green actually being a Serpentinite, it does behave differently than a marble. It is harder and it's recommended that it's cut with a granite blade instead of a marble blade. It won't etch or stain as easily as a marble will, but I still probably wouldn't recommend it in a kitchen for most people. (See my post here about marble kitchens.)

The photo below is from our portfolio.
Photo: MGS by Design
This marble can change pretty dramatically from bundle to bundle, so make sure to pick out your exact slab. There is also a color called Rain Forest Brown. It's the same pattern and comes from the same quarry, the background is just brown rather than green.  You can read more about it here.
Above photo from MGS by Design. (That's us!)
Below is my favorite photo of the day. Everything about this fireplace from Boston Design Blog is amazing.

Rain Forest Green comes from the quarry with a polished finish. This marble is beautiful when with a honed finish or when a brushed finish has been applied. Be sure to ask your fabricator about these options when considering Rain Forest Green.

A lot of people use this marble for fountains. This gorgeous fountain is from Kinetic Fountains.

Rain Forest Green is available in 2 cm and 3 cm granite slabs as well as tile. This is a pretty popular marble, so you will also see it in a lot of medallions and listelles.

6 comments:

Janice said...

Rain Forest Green is my favorite marble. Thanks for showing it! I learned a lot.

Rekha said...

We're quarry owners for rain forest green and brown. You can know more about us by visiting www.marbleindian.com. Please contact me at anujag@marbleindian.com.

Frau vom See said...

we chose rainforest green for our bar, it looks amazing! the decision was based also on this website :-)
follow the link for pictures
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=204330026295126&set=a.204329332961862.51450.163936860334443&type=3&theater

Anonymous said...

I have a huge kitchen done it it. couldnt be happier it is SO beautiful!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Anonymous-
Good to hear you love your Rain Forest kitchen! It's a beautiful color!

Mistermarble said...

This is my favorite Serpentinites/Marble of all time. I run a granite worktop company and we stock this stone too. If only it were a true granite and were hard enough to recommend for kitchen worktops. It looks amazing against the carved wood cabinets in the third picture down, that's one of the best examples I have seen of this stone in a counter top situation.

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