DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIAN MARBLE AND ITALIAN MARBLE BY BHANDARI MARBLE GROUP
Marble is a beautiful natural stone and is still the most preferred flooring material for Indian homes compared to other factory-made materials such as vitrified or porcelain tiles. Numerous varieties of both Indian marble and Italian marble are readily available in different colors and vein patterns. If you are planning to use marble for your home and haven’t yet decided whether to go with Indian marble or Italian marble, this article can help you make up your mind.
Cost of Indian Marble and Italian Marble
The cost of the marble is a big factor that directly affects the purchasing decision of the buyer. Broadly speaking, the price or cost of a marble stone varies from city to city and vendor to vendor. The rates of premium, standard, and commercial quality stone are not the same. When it comes to quality Indian marble, buyers can expect 80-250 per square foot costs. Pay about 350-5000 per square foot for Italian marble. Remember that import duty and inflating price tag make Italian marble costlier than Indian marble. Also, note that the marble installation cost for both marble types is almost the same.
Where can Indian and Italian marble be used?
- Indian marble is primarily used for the flooring, bathroom walls, and countertops of the kitchen, bathroom, and tables.
- Italian marble is used to give a high-end look to the home, as seen in this example. It is used as a decorative feature for the flooring, walls, bathroom countertops, tabletops, and so on. Unlike Indian marble, Italian marble is soft and prone to staining, hence it is not used for the kitchen countertop.
What is the difference between Indian and Italian marble?
- Indian marble is quarried from the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh, while Italian marble is quarried from Northern Italy and is usually available in slabs.
- Italian marble has a very high luster, as seen in this image, and is a very soft stone with a crystal-like appearance. Indian marble has a medium luster and is a comparatively harder stone.
- Both these types of marble are commonly available in a thickness of 18-20 millimeters. However, the thickness of Indian marble can go up to 30 millimeters.
How to maintain both types of marble?
- Wash the marble floor and other surfaces with a mild detergent solution or a specially formulated marble-cleaning liquid.
- Marble should be sealed periodically with impregnating sealers that create a protective barrier to prevent staining.
- Both Indian and Italian marble lose their luster over time, so they have to be polished periodically to retain their shine.
Usage of Indian marble VS Italian marble
Indian marble is broadly used for flooring and bathroom walls. Italian marble is known for its high-end look and decorative features. That is why it emerges as a good choice for flooring and bathroom walls, countertops, vanity tops, etc. This comparison between the two marble types shows that both marble products have their benefits to buyers. It is up to buyers what preference give to buy between Italian marble and Indian marble.
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