The Ins and Outs of Leathered Granite

Granite has been in use since the days of the Egyptian Pyramids. Its extensive history allowed room for plenty of innovations in design and use cases. 

One such innovation is the leathering of granite. Although not natural, leathered granite countertops present a viable alternative to people looking for textured granite surfaces. Before you make a decision, here’s what you need to know about leathered granite:

How Is Leathered Granite Made? 

While granite is a naturally occurring stone, leathered granite must go through a lengthy and complicated process to earn that name. 

The characteristic thing about leather granite is its nom-shiny, textured surface. The slab is covered in fissures and pits of all sizes that are responsible for the textured feel of the leathered granite countertops. 

To achieve this leather look granite, a typical granite slab is stroked by diamond tipped brushes. And the intensity of the texture is directly related to the number of times the diamond tipped brushes have run all over it. 

Pros And Cons Of Leathered Granite Countertops 

Natural Look 

The differential factor in this leather vs. polished granite game is that of appearance and texture. The dull, traditional look of leathered granite brings an exotic charm and a sense of antiquity to your house. Unlike its counterpart, which is often overlooked in the kitchen setting, leathered granite tends to grab the viewer’s attention. 


Granite is already a low-maintenance, stain-proof material. When leathered, its stain repellant quality grows multiple folds. Because leathering tightens the pores present on the granite’s surface, so no spillage can’t coalesce within them. 

The only downside to leathered granite is that sometimes it can be hard to clean because it’s stain-resistant but not dust-repellant. So, dust particles can reside in the pits and fissures, giving it a yellowish tint.

Leathered Granite Countertops Colors 

Black Galaxy 

Black galaxy is a color so attractive that it matches the power of a black hole. Whether it’s placed in an outdoor setting or indoor, the eyes dart towards it. The universal color also allows it to be paired with any set of cabinetry. 

Antique Brown 

While black and gray are common, leathered granite also comes in shades of brown. The deep brown color gives it a woody look that gives a glimpse of nature. 


Leathered granite is essentially a textured version of polished granite. The qualities are somewhat similar or,  in some cases, even better. 

This guide covers enough to get you started on your research to buy leathered granite. In case you have already made up your mind about installing one, reach out to us so that we can guide you best in this regard. 

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