Permanence, reliability, durability and flexibility – these are the most basic qualities you’ll demand for your Lanzarote interior. And stone is one of the most solid and reliable materials you can invest in.
Travel up to the Montaña Tinamala just south of Guatiza, take a wander and you’ll soon find the Rofero – an impressive quarry of volcanic basalt that can look golden or pink, depending on the light. Once the source of the island’s finest stone, rock from this quarry can be found in several hotels and official buildings on the island. It’s not the only place where stone has been quarried on Lanzarote – in fact, there’s a quarry just outside Tías, and other companies can provide you with local rock. However, most of the stuff available is imported.
This has always been the case – the main commercial port of Lanzarote is called Puerto de los Marmoles – Marble Port – because a Spanish boat carrying marble sank there in the mid 19th century. Apparently, the huge marble slabs are still visible underwater.
There are also shops where you can see wide varieties of stone slabs, tiles, worktops and other items that are ideal for adding some permanence and class to your kitchen.
On Lanzarote, the main use of stone inside your home will be for floors or counter tops. The hot weather here means that stone is cool underfoot in the summer and its insulating qualities mean that it´s never particularly cold.
Worktops can be made of many different types of stone, with the smooth, cool, attractively veined appearance of marble still one of the most popular.
Then there are other durable finishes such as man-made quartz or natural granite, both of which can be polished to a perfect finish and both, once again, tough enough to create cooking areas that are resistant, easily cleaned and will last for decades.
Stone, of course, can also be used to brilliant effect outside your home, to pave patios, create rustic stone walls or provide decorative elements to your white walls.
Granite is probably the world’s favourite worktop material. Relatively cheap, durable, heat resistant and attractive, it’s been a favourite for centuries.
However, there are other alternatives. Marble offers its own beauty, and a cool, smooth finish that’s unbeatable, while quartz is slightly less heat resistant, but frequently stunning.
Metal is perennially popular, especially among professionals, who know the advantages and drawbacks of stainless steel, copper or zinc worktops, and love their soft, gleaming beauty. Just don’t expect to get away without scratches for long.
Even wood can be used for worktops, and its outstanding beauty makes up for its undeniable high maintenance.