Engineered stone offers the perfect combination of technology and nature. Composed of bits of quartz held together in an industrial grade binder, Marble Systems Quartz Slabs offers a wide range of colors with impressively low maintenance requirements. This may be the ideal material for the fiercely used kitchen.Per WikiPedia:"Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most commonly polymer resin, with some newer versions using cement mix). The two common stones used in producing these products are marble and quartz. The application of these products depends on the original stone used. For engineered marbles the most common application is indoor flooring and walls, while the quartz based product is used primarily for kitchen countertops"