Calacatta Marble is a premium quality stone also known as Calacatta Marble. It is an imported marble having origin Apuan Mountains near Carrara, Italy. It comes with a natural and shiny white color with a deep grey or golden pattern on it. It has a very graceful appearance for the interior of the house. It is used for many constructions as well as decoration applications like flooring, wall cladding, stair casing, bathroom floors and walls, and another decorative purpose.
Calacatta marble is a distinctive Italian marble of whites and golds. Available in both honed and polished finishes, this elegant natural stone is the perfect choice to create stunning marble countertops, statement kitchen islands, marble tile floors, shower surrounds, and backsplashes. For flexibility in design and installation, a wide range of coordinating wall tiles, floor tiles, and mosaic tiles are available.
People often mix up these two marbles, so I decided to create an idea book to illustrate the differences. These terms are used interchangeably because both of these Italian marbles are very similar in appearance: white with gray veining. To add to the confusion, much of Calacatta comes from Carrara, Italy. In general, Carrara tends to be grayer with softer veining, while Calacatta is whiter with bolder more dramatic veining. There are additional subtle differences and once you know what to look for, you should be able to distinguish between Carrara and Calacatta. Let’s compare some House examples:
Calacatta is a white marble of incredible beauty that appears to have been naturally decorated with special grey veins. A spectacular material that will place the spotlight on floors, walls or countertops.
If there is one Natural Stone cladding that attracts us with its beauty and magic, it is white marble. And within this wide-ranging category, the different marbles exhibit greatly varied nuances. Calacatta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Its marked grey veins, which display different hues and color gradations, give it its indisputable personality, which is capable of attracting every gaze wherever it is installed, whether on a floor or on a wall. An essential, unique stone, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms where a pure and clean appearance is sought but also very elegant in other types of spaces. Furthermore, Calacatta is a hard and resilient marble, delicate only in appearance.
Calacatta marble is often much whiter, characteristic many homeowners and service professionals associate with luxury. It’s generally bright white with thick, elegant veins that can come in a variety of colors from beige all the way to gold.
It also comes from the same place in Italy, but Calacatta is usually much smoother than your typical Carrara marble. Because of its classic, timeless look, Calacatta marble has been a mainstay in bathrooms and as kitchen countertops for years. If you enjoy more dramatic veins in your natural stone, then Calacatta may be the right option for you.
Calacatta Marble Bathroom
While Calacatta marble is expensive and some homeowners might hesitate to use it in the bathroom, when done well this natural stone can be a major highlight, taking a boring bathroom to the next level. Calacatta marble will lighten up any bathroom with a great backsplash and make all who use it feel like royalty, as long as they do the proper maintenance to safeguard against its porous nature by cleaning regularly and sealing frequently.
This type of marble seems to suck up most anything that falls on its surface, so you’re going to want to protect your investment by implementing a strict, no excuses cleaning schedule. Never use any acidic or other harsh cleaning agents on your Calacatta marble, as only products designed specifically for stone care should ever touch it. We recommend a highly versatile formulated marble one that’s tough yet gentle, such as Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®.
Calacatta Marble Kitchen
Obviously, Calacatta marble looks great on any surface or room, but when used in the kitchen it comes with greater maintenance responsibilities. While there really isn’t much of a difference between Carrara and Calacatta marble when it comes to being stain-proof, there is a difference between how visible these stains will be – remember, Calacatta tends to be whiter. They are both pretty porous, and nobody would classify either of them as low-maintenance.
However, if you’re insistent on using Calacatta marble in the kitchen, there are ways it can work. Just be vigilant about stains and always seal (and reseal!) your marble to prevent etching and premature aging. Things are often dropped in the kitchen, so there’s certainly a possibility that a heavy pan or kitchen tool could chip your precious marble.
Bhandari Marble Group – Calacatta Marble
By – D.C. Bhandari, CEO, Bhandari Marble Group
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