While marble is quarried in many countries around the world including Greece, USA, India, Spain, Romania, China, Sweden, and even Germany, there is one country which is generally considered the home of the most high-grade and luxurious marble available – Italy. It’s certainly the country of origin of the most famous marble but what is it that makes Italian marble so highly-sought after?.
Below are several reasons behind the popularity of this beautiful natural stone:
History: Italian marble is steeped in heritage. It was used by esteemed Renaissance artists including Michelangelo and Donatello, who used marble-like calacatta and statuario to create some of the world’s most iconic works of art, including the statue of David. Italian marble has been proven to stand the test of time and has stood strong for centuries on many buildings around the world, used both internally and externally.
Heritage: Another reason Italian marble is considered superior is due to the stone working heritage of the Italian people. They were pioneers in perfecting quarrying methods in ancient times, many of which are still used to this day. The Italian people are considered as purveyors of quality in many fields including fashion, cars, and natural stone like marble! They set high standards for quality control and are considered technical experts when it comes to cutting and carving natural stone.
Stone Quality: Italian marble is practically peerless in the natural stone world when it comes to its durability, purity, and beauty. It’s synonymous with luxury, elegance, and sophistication and is seen as a symbol of status in residential and commercial buildings around the world.
Some of our most popular Italian marble in-store are Calacatta, Statuario, and Carrara marble. These stones are ideal for indoor applications and are commonly used as kitchen benchtops, splashback, and bathroom vanities. Much like all-natural stones, they should all be sealed appropriately and maintained with PH neutral detergents that are not abrasive to the surface of the stone. We delve in a little deeper below to find out the difference between each of these natural stones.
This is the most common type of natural stone that is quarried in the region it is named after, Carrara in Italy. The background color tends to lean towards a grey or blue-grey finish with more fine, linear striations, and generally a softer and subdued look. Carrara is quarried in abundance and is, therefore, the cheapest material of the three and readily available in the slab or cut to size tile format.
The rare and luxurious Calacatta stone is similarly quarried in the Carrara region of Italy, more specifically in the Apuan mountains. The stone has a lot more variation in color than the Carrara and is characterized by a pure white to a milky white background with dramatic large veins that range in color from gold to brown to grey. The stone has been quarried for centuries and has been featured in some of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants, and residential homes. There are many selections of Calacatta available in stock at our showroom and the prices vary greatly depending on the selection chosen.
Much like Calacatta & Carrara marble, Statuario is too quarried in the Carrara region of Italy. The stone has a bright white background and thin to thick grey bold veining so there are a greater contrast and not much color variation in this stone. The material is similarly priced to Calacatta due to the lack of supply and extremely high demand. Whether you’re an architect, interior designer, luxury builder, or end-user, call us or visit into our Kishangarh showroom today and we’ll happily talk through your needs to identify which type of Italian marble is right for your project
Ensuring That You Get Original Italian Marble
That is why we only pick marble that comes straight from an Italian quarry. Another problem is that there are a lot of fake Italian products available on the market. Usually, you can tell when you have genuine Italian marble in your countertops because it has the touch of quality which other marble doesn’t. It also stands the test of time. Both these things can, however, only be verified after the countertops have been installed and used for some time, and by then it is too late to do anything about it.
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