Taj Mahal - I think it's ''the one''

msroseJanuary 26, 2013

I saw Madre Perla a couple of weeks ago and it's the first thing I've seen that I really love. The problem was it was a grayish greenish color, which was beautiful, but doesn't go with the colors in my house. I walked into a granite place today and right when you walk in the door was this gorgeous slab of Taj Mahal. I knew it was "the one". It obviously was "the one" for several other people, because they had six slabs and all six had a hold on it. The guy told me one woman put a hold on it and then went home and told her best friend about it. The best friend came in and loved it just as much and decided she had to have it also, so she put a hold on it. Then there was a 3rd person that put a hold on it. He told me to find a fabricator and then check back when I'm ready to install to see if they're still on hold, because sometimes people change their mind, so I'm trying to track one down now. I just hope I can afford it now that I've decided it's "the one".

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a2gemini

Lick that beautiful slab!
Awesome!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 5:19PM
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Laura517

It's gorgeous! Good luck getting the slab.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 5:24PM
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tricia257

My two cents--Taj Mahal quartzite was one of the prettiest things Ive seen for a counter. Wouldn't work for me color-wise but so beautiful!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 7:19PM
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ratrem

we love our taj mahal countertop and it's been bullet proof so far. That is a gorgeous slab too!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 8:02PM
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firstmmo

So pretty! I love ratrem's kitchen, so I think you can't go wrong! I have found that often people put holds on these slabs and are "holding" them even though they aren't ready to pruchase. Keep putting pressure on the slabyard to call all of these holds...I had the same situation happen once and when I handed over my credit card and showed them I was ready to buy, they pulled the hold tags off all the "maybes" that were more than a few weeks old.

Your slab is delicious!!!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:08PM
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wags848

Love it! Getting ready to replace our Formica & had quartzite & marble on the list of options. I will hunt for Taj Mahal. It is stunning. Very natural & organic looking, and not too busy/loud.
Good luck getting your slab! If you don't get it this round, at least you know what you want & can hunt for it.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:10PM
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Molly Phillips

LOVE it! Hope you get it and we can all drool over your beautiful counters. Taj Mahal was my favorite when I looked at quartzite as well. Sadly, it wasn't in our budget so I will live vicariously through you. :)

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:13PM
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msrose

I didn't ask the guy, but what does putting a hold on it really mean? Do they have to actually put some money down and do they lose the money if they change their mind? The guy did tell me if I got ready for one of the slabs, he would call the people and find out if they really wanted it, so it's good to know I could put a little pressure and possibly get one. Of course, I still have to get a quote, which worries me. The up side is I have a small kitchen.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:33PM
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ratrem

Usually no money is placed down when a slab is on hold and the "buyers" have a set amount of time to give the deposit to the fabricator and secure the slab. The slab then goes to the fabricator until needed. At least this has been my experience with the large wholesale lots.

All of the Taj Mahal was on "hold" to when I was trying to purchase but a few days later some slabs opened up. I didn't hesitate even though we were a few months away from it being installed. My fabricator was more than happy to store it for me until we were ready.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 10:12PM
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msrose

Thanks, ratrem! Do you remember how much yours was per s.f.?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 10:41PM
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Kate618

LOVE!!! We went with madre perla but taj mahal was very similar

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 11:12PM
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camphappy

I really liked the MP quartzite but wanted more browns and beiges. Taj Mahal works perfect in our kitchen. And like ratrem says, it's bulletproof.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 1:26AM
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msrose

Oh, I thought I had seen all the pictures of Taj Mahal and MP on here, but I haven't seen yours, camphappy. My cabinets are similar to the color of yours, so that helps to see. Although, I really think it would go with any color of cabinet. Do you have a backsplash anywhere in the kitchen? Do you remember how much you paid per s.f. I know it's going to vary by area, but I just want to see how the quote I get compares to others.

Kate618 - I don't think I've seen your MP. Do you have a picture? If I were building a house and starting from scratch, I would go with MP, but since my house is full of warm colors, TM is a much better fit for me.

I'm making a list of what I should ask the guy and I only have two questions so far. Where will the seams be and how will they handle the area behind my stove since it's a really skinny strip. Anything else I should ask?

This post was edited by msrose on Sun, Jan 27, 13 at 10:21

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 9:51AM
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msrose

One more question for camphappy and ratrem - Is your edge a standard straight edge or is there a bevel to it? I think I want something very simple.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 3:29PM
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ratrem

we did an eased edge. In our area the Taj Mahal is up to $86/sq. ft. before fabrication, 3cm slabs. When we bought it is was $60/ sq. ft. not including fabrication. We lucked out because we found a huge slab that was big enough to do our entire kitchen plus a bath vanity. Any other slab that we were interested that was cheaper per sq/ft we would have needed two slabs.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 4:31PM
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SaraKat

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 7:04PM
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camphappy

Hi rose, our Taj Mahal was $41/sq' non fabricated. (I live in the SF Bay Area). Most granite sold around here is 2 cm which would make the granite less expensive. With 2 cm stones many/most people have the edges laminated to increase the thickness of the edge. Ours is a crescent edge. It has a very slight roundness to it.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 5:00PM
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firstmmo

Here is some Taj Mahal in the San Fran bay area. I think it's quite pretty and am considering it for our master bath.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 11:41PM
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mayberry_moon

SF people can you give stone yard recommendations?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:37AM
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auroraborelis

Where did you find that Taj Mahal with a leather finish?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 12:58AM
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camphappy

That leather finish is from Da Vinci in San Carlos, CA. They had the best selection when I was looking last summer and it looks like they still do. Pietra Fina in Hayward also had some nice slabs as well as other quartzites.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 1:12AM
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auroraborelis

Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 9:59AM
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msrose

Oh! I haven't seen it around here in the leather finish.

I just got a price from one quy and he said it's $79.50. I'm waiting to hear from another guy to see if their prices are the same. The granite place gave me three business cards and said they were their top three customers? Is that enough to go on? Just makes me nervous. I know I could ask for references and call them, but you know they're not going to give me the name of an unhappy customer, so what good does that really do me.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 5:54PM
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msrose

Ok, the first guy told me $79.50 s.f for the granite and the 2nd guy told me $124 s.f installed. Assuming he's charging 79.50 like the first guy that means it would be $44.50 s.f. for installation. Does that sound about right?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 11:12AM
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msrose

Well, it's official...I'm getting my Taj Mahal! The original slab that I posted above is still on hold along with the 5 behind it. They got a new shipment in and they went just as fast. Luckily, the granite guy called when he was here and had them put a slab on hold for me. When I went down to look at it three days later they only had one slab available. They said they've never seen any granite sell like this one. The only problem with my slab is it has this awful deep rust colored streak across the top corner. It's a larger than normal slab, so I'm hoping they can work around it.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 12:21PM
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susanlynn2012

Msrose, I found your post about selecting the Taj Mahal granite. I love your counters! Thanks for letting me know what they are called.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 8:52PM
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susanlynn2012

I found this post! I knew I loved Msrose's counters and now I know what they are called. Isn't this Taj Mahal Quartzite and not Granite? I saw the picture when you chose your new tile floors and I loved your counters that may work with my tile. How are you liking your counters?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 12:21AM
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