Why Kota Stone is Good for Flooring
Kota stone is a limestone available in many finishes and cuts. Kota limestone is cheaper than other flooring stones eg. Granite and Marble, hence became first choice of builders and home owners.
In green architecture, using local materials is an important criterion, but the idea of local has often been debated. If cement is locally available, does it become local? What if the local product is costlier than an out station product? Kota stone is a good case in point. This excellent flooring material travels all over India from Rajasthan, hence theoretically not so eco-friendly, but being natural lime stone and suited to a variety of conditions, it fares better than most local options.
Mining from the Ramganjmandi or Ramganj Mandi, a town near Kota region, hence popular with the name Kota. Kotah stone is majorly available in a pastle Blue with a tone of sea green colour, fits well with every part of home. The second color is Brown is also available, but little expensive in price . For long, Granite and Marble dominated the scene, relegating Kotah Stone as the second choice, specially for passive areas, but these days people are realising the benefits of Kota Limestone.
Kota stone is quite durable, performs well under heavy use, takes Sandblasted Polish that reduces the chances of slippage, and surface dust does not show off immediately. A gentle patch of shade appears on the surface, as such does not appear sophisticated, hence retains the rustic looks of natural materiality – an asset in earthy constructions.
Kota limestone mostly available in four finishes- Mirror Polish, Sandblasted, Natural and Honed. To that extent, the even consistency of colour shade and textural appearance is unpredictable. However, the subtle variation itself adds to the natural qualities! In case the quarried stone has weak surface densities, some surface flaking may happen during rough use. Generally Kota stone can be laid anywhere except the kitchen, singularly or in combination with marble, Jaisalmer yellow or such contrasting materials. It has also been used for wall cladding.