What is Kashmir White Granite?

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What is Kashmir White Granite?
This is how you might find granite in its natural form. (granite dump image by Brenton W Cooper from Fotolia.com)

Granite has overcome many obstacles, including its expense, lack of durability, and continuous necessary maintenance, to become one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials today. Many homeowners are drawn to one colour of granite or another. One common combination is the pairing of rich, dark kitchen cabinets with very light or white granite countertops. Kashmir White is one shade of granite that is often used when a very light appearance is desired by the homeowner.


Kashmir White granite is found in its natural form primarily in India. It is a fine- or medium-grained Eurasian organic stone that dates to the Precambrian period of history. Most prepared slabs of Kashmir White granite are processed either directly in India or exported for processing to China.


Kashmir White granite is one of the lightest, unaffected shades of granite, and perhaps the truest "white" granite available. Though, like all granite, the colour variations in Kashmir White granite will differ slightly from slab to slab, the overwhelming appearance is that of a dark white to pale grey stone with very small to medium crimson, maroon, or berry-coloured embedded pieces known as garnets.


Due to its pale colouration, Kashmir White is one of the most difficult granites to maintain. While darker granites may be sealed once each year, the more porous Kashmir White requires sealing every six to eight months. Kashmir White granite should never be exposed to excessive heat, cold, or moisture that may damage the seal and leave marks. Any spills should be wiped up as quickly as possible, since Kashmir White granite holds colour readily.

Granite or Not?

Different countries may have different standards for which processed stones may be called granite based on their composition. The United States and China do consider Kashmir White to be a proper granite. However, Kashmir White is considered a granulite--a sub-product of granite--in most European markets.

Also Known As

When shopping for Kashmir White granite, you may find it marketed under a long list of other names, including Kashmire White, Cashmere White, Cashmire White, Bianco Kashmere White, Kashmere White, WG204, and other similar various spellings. These are all the same type of granite, meeting the standards of Kashmir White.

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