Of the four that I had been considering, two were no longer available. I asked to see larger pieces of the two that were available. They took us back into the factory. There was a layer of white dust on everything......No, not A layer but LAYERS of white dust. The men working back there were covered in dust. Dust in their hair, clinging to their eyebrows and we didn't see any face masks......Not one. Also the noise from the saws was deafening and I use that word literally.
The man in charge of the warehouse went looking for some larger pieces of the two samples that we liked. One had changed from a warm rosy beige to a yellowy brown beige. It would not work for us at all. The other one had moved much more to being a white/white rather than a white/gold. I wasn't too thrilled about the color and while we were looking at that piece I found another piece of granite next to it in the stack that looked like a warmer salmony color with black. You know what I don't understand is why, when we were saying that the color of the current pieces were not right, that we wanted something with a warmer color, why didn't they suggest other colors that they had on hand and that were not among the samples that we had from last year. If I had not noticed the piece for myself, we would not have known that they had that slab of granite at all.The rock pattern was larger than I had wanted but I thought the color might work. So they cut us larger samples from both of these pieces....the white and the salmon. The quality of the granite is probably the same as a middle quality of granite in the USA....not the very finest quality of granite.
The people in the office assured us that they had enough of both samples to do the kitchen so we had them prepare an estimate based on the drawing of the kitchen that we had. The price is a little less than the USA for a mid-level quality.
We now have the two samples in the kitchen and we are looking at them through the day to see how the color changes in different light but I think that the salmon colored one is going to work.....if I can find some compatible Mexican tiles for the backsplash. I've been looking at my Gorky dishes with the salmon sample and Gorky's color palette seems to work with it. It is another instance of I keep repeating the colors that I love. I've also talked to Casal who has moved his shop from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel and he says that he will be glad to work with me to make tiles that will work with the granite I choose. The link to Casal isn't a direct link but I haven't been able to find a better one yet. But this one will give you an idea about his work. I like Casal's palette too but he generally uses a little brighter Mexican colors.