Exotic stones have a rich history that dates back centuries. From the grand palaces of Europe to the ancient temples of Asia, these rare stones have adorned some of the world's most iconic architectural marvels. Francini Inc. is a leading importer and distributor of exotic stone slabs in the United States for interior designers, homes, and businesses. If you are considering adding exotic stone to your design, this comprehensive guide will help you understand everything you need to know before purchasing with Francini Inc.

What Are Exotic Stones?

Exotic stones are not one specific type of stone but instead a premier selection made from several different types of stones. They often have a lower rate of production compared to your standard slab of stone. Exotic stone slabs are manufactured from rare natural stones found across the globe, and no one stone is like another–making them truly one-of-a-kind.

Exotic Stones Are Rare

Exotic stones are considered rare because their particular appearance is in low supply and high demand. The limited numbers of exotic slabs coming from the same stone can be bookmatched if enough quantity is bought. Designers around the world regard exotic stones for their unmatched rarity and exceptional beauty. Depending on the type of material you choose, it’s common for exotic stones to be incredibly durable with proper care and maintenance.

Exotic Stones Can Be Crafted From

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Quartzite
  • Dolomite
  • Onyx
A fireplace made from Francini exotic stones

Popular Examples of Exotic Stones Include

  • Cielo
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Cristallo
  • Elysium
  • Ijen Blue
  • Illuminatus
  • Paramount
  • Patagonia
  • Tiffany
  • White Pearl
  • Zumaia

Stones used in the creation of backlit translucent stone slabs are also considered an exotic stone because only certain cuts are deemed worthy of being transformed into backlit slabs.

An exotic stone countertop

How Exotic Stone Slabs Can Be Used in Interior Design

There are many different ways to use slabs of exotic stone in the interior design of your home, outdoor space, or commercial property. Exotic stone slabs work particularly well in kitchens, bathrooms, patios, surrounding fireplaces, or as flooring.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the of exotic stone slabs in interior design:

Are Exotic Stones Good Countertops?

A common application for exotic stone slabs is to use them as countertops in kitchens, bathrooms, butler pantries, or other surfaces. Depending on the material the exotic stone was manufactured from, they can be highly durable and able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.

Can You Make a Fancy Bar Top With Exotic Stones?

Thanks to the durability of most exotic stones, they can often be used as bar tops and other busy surfaces in commercial spaces like bars and restaurants. They give any bartop an elegant, high-end, and polished appearance that is sure to impress patrons.

Can Exotic Stones Be Used as Floors?

For a truly show-stopping flooring option, exotic stones are a favorite choice for many interior designers looking to make a statement. Many exotic stones can be used as indoor or outdoor floorings or stairs.

Additional Applications for Exotic Stones

The design possibilities are as endless as your imagination, but some additional ways interior designers incorporate exotic stones into their spaces is by adding them to:

  • Vanities
  • Walls
  • Installed art
  • Fireplaces

A Francini Inc. sales representative will work with you to find the perfect exotic stone slabs to fit your design needs.

How To Choose The Right Exotic Stone

Selecting the perfect exotic stone for your project is an art in itself. It involves careful consideration of various elements and the guidance of our experienced Francini Inc. sales representatives. Here are a few considerations to get you started.

  1. Color Palette: Do you want your exotic stone piece to be complementary or boldly stand out?
  2. Lighting: How will the lighting in the space impact the appearance of your exotic stone?
  3. Exposure to Elements: Will your exotic stone be inside or outside?
  4. Durability Needs: Will this be used in a private home or in a high traffic commercial setting?

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, trends using exotic stone continue to emerge. From intricate inlays that tell a story to daring combinations of exotic stone with classic materials like wood and metal, designers are pushing the boundaries of creativity.

An exotic stone counter and dining room

Are Exotic Stone Slabs Easy to Maintain?

The level of maintenance your exotic stone slab will need largely depends on the exact material it was manufactured from. Your Francini Inc. sales representative will give you specific care instructions for your stone, but there are some general care and cleaning tips we provide to everyone.

General Cleaning Tips

  • Never place hot items like pans or dishes straight from the oven directly on the stone surface. Always use a hot pad or trivet.
  • Do not clean stone slabs with harsh household cleaners containing acid or ammonia.
  • Never use steel wool pads to clean the stone surfaces.
  • It is okay to clean stones with a damp, warm towel and soapy water.
  • Wipe up any spills as quickly as possible to prevent possible staining.
  • Ask Your Francini Inc. sales representative how often your specific stone should be resealed to help preserve its natural beauty.
An exotic stone kitchen

Are Exotic Stone Slabs Expensive?

Due to their rarity and singularity, exotic stones are one of the more exclusive and high-end options available in our showrooms. They are an investment in the appearance of your space, giving it a timeless, opulent, and lavish ambiance. In some cases, exotic stones can increase the value of your home or property, which should be brought up during the appraisal process if you are preparing to sell.

Where Can You Find Exotic Stone Slabs?

Francini Inc. is proud to offer a stone shopping experience unlike any other. If you’re in the mood to shop solo, simply let us know, and we’d be happy to let you wander our rows of stunning stones. Guests can also expect live demos of the many different applications of our stones to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Find Your Perfect Stone at Francini Inc.

Are you searching for the perfect stone slab to complete your next project? Look no further than Francini Inc., a premier provider of high-quality stones! Browse our location page to find a showroom near you, or take advantage of our delivery service across the United States. Contact us today, and let us help you find your ideal stone slab. With knowledgeable staff and unbeatable customer service, you will be delighted with what we offer!