This is the second home in which I have installed the Rainbow Sandstone. It is a relative soft stone so it is very easy to cut. The patterns are beautiful and with a stone enhancer the colors really pop. The sandstone is on the counter-top and is paired with a Sumatra Red mosaic stone
The 150 SF of tile was shipped in 15 separate pieces wrapped in light card-board. The inside of the wrappers were covered with a black material which then was transferred to the edges and surfaces of the outside 2 tiles. I had to clean the material off each tile. The tile that I could not clean totally I installed with that face down. As the black material was on the inside of the wrapper, it most likely came from the factory in India. Obviously no quality control at the factory. The wrapper was held in place with carbon steel stables, which rusted of course and stained the tiles in some locations. It's almost impossible to remove this stain and so these tiles also had to be installed with the stain facing down.
We bought this tile to renovate our second bathroom. In our delivery, there were more broken tiles than I expected, though we had enough to complete the job. A lot of the tiles had nicked corners. We had to make a lot of cuts so that didn't matter, but if you have a large area in which you need a lot of full tiles, you may be miffed with how many are broken. This could have been the delivery, but for our order, there were more than I normally would find acceptable.
As far as the tile goes, it is very beautiful, not a lot of boring looking tiles. I have ordered a lot of MS International tiles, and have been only somewhat impressed by the quality and color of the tiles. The majority of these tiles were very nice, with a lot of interesting colors. However, these tiles were VERY difficult to work with, because they are incredibly porous. We had to use epoxy grout and a latex thinset to minimize the amount of water that could be absorbed. These tiles will absorb any water or liquid that comes in contact with them. You MUST seal the tiles with at least two coats of sealer prior to grouting. If you don't, the color of the grout will stain the tile and you will not be able to get it out.
The finished product was worth the effort, but it sure was a lot of effort...
I ordered 20, (2 boxes), of the tile. From the twenty tiles, 8 were broken in half. 2 tiles had big chips broken off a corner. I am extremely disappointed in Home Depot and will not order tile from you again event though I have tile jobs to do in the future.