Italian marble is one of the oldest and most minimalist decorative and adorable materials in the World. Italian Marble has been quarried in Italy and in many other European countries for centuries. In ancient times, people used marble as a building block and tombstone in ancient Rome and Asia Minor. Due to the proximity of old quarries like White Carrara and Afyon White (two of the oldest quarries in the World); buildings in surrounding areas use marble blocks to dress and construct various buildings. Eventually, at last, Romans were able to cut Italian marble blocks in thinner size to use in marble flooring and marble countertops.
How Marble cutting technology emitted?
Late 18th-century Italian marble cutting technology improved and marble became more effective as a decorative interior element in various forms. Thin cutting machinery with diamond types of equipment improved the process and ¾” thick marble slabs were seen. Various diamond equipment was also used in polishing the surface and give it a smooth finish.
Most popular Italian Marbles and their Prices
Calacatta Arabescato Marble
Today some of the most famous well-known marble are Italian White Carrara, Italian Calacatta, Crema Marfil, and Statuario white Marble. These marble are also known by a variety of different names in Italian and other languages. Calacatta Marble price starts from 350rs per sqft and ranges up to 4-5k rs per sqft.
White Carrara is also known as Bianco Carrara and so on. In addition, each marble quarry produces various styles of marble distinguished by its veins, background color, and markings. All of these unique elements make each slab of marble an exclusive piece of stone. White Carrara marble starts from 300rs per sqft and goes up to 4000rs per sqft.
Starting prices of some most famous Italian Marble
- ARABESCATTO MARBLE 300rs sqft
- BOTTOCHINO MARBLE 250rs sqft
- RED VERONA MARBLE 275rs sqft
- STATUARIO MARBLE 1000rs sqft
- DYNA MARBLE 225rs sqft
- GREY WILLIAMS 280rs sqft
- BRECCIA AURORA 800rs sqft
Some Interesting facts about Italian Marble
Italian Marble, like all-natural minerals, varies from shipment to shipment and from block to block. Different quarries generate more or less desirable look and veins from time to time. The Carrara region of Italy is particularly rich in magnificent marble quarries. White Carrara Marble, Statuario, Classic Statuario, Calacatta Gold, Calacatta Arabescato, Calacatta Caldia, Vagli Oro, and Zebrino are some of the most desired stones in the World.
Snow white marble, Dolomite marbles, and Volakas are some of the well-known Italian Marble. Marble from this area are a little softer but have a dramatic look and feel.
Thinner and Better Marbles
Marble tiles or thin tiles became available in the late ’80s and it is one of the most popular forms and shapes of natural marble. Tiles generally come 3/8” thick and thin form makes them easy to transport and install. Italian Marble tiles are a tremendous way of decorating kitchen floors, kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, and bathroom floors. Italian Marble floor tiles are easy to install and last forever. Not like other forms of material, marble tiles can be re-polished over time. The most popular sizes are 12×12 tiles, 18×18 tiles, and 12×24 wall and floor tiles. A good and fine sealer is always recommended to seal marble tiles after installation.
Usage of Italian Marble
Kitchen backsplashes use a merger of small size marble tiles or mosaics. 3×6 subway tile can be installed in a straight joint or stumble joint. Water-jet cut marble tiles also add a feature of dimension to any kitchen installation. You can use several combinations of colors mixed or solid to achieve a highly decorative element in your kitchen.
The effects of Italian Marble on temperature
One of the less known qualities of Italian marble is its capability to keep indoor temperatures cool. In general, Italian marble is lower than room temperature and keeps cool. This particular quality is important in warm areas since it reflects the sun and keeps the room cool. Builders in Resort areas like Miami and the Caribbean Islands applied the entire floor with Italian marble. Large-format tiles like 24×24 or 36×36 marble tiles are used on the entire floor to give a rich and elegant look.
Italian Marble as Mosaic tiles
Italian Marble mosaics are another popular form of this material. Mosaic art has been around for centuries. Mosaic art was mostly hand clipped with artisans and laid on cement beds. Today modern technology and machinery enable us to cut marble mosaics almost into any shape and size. They are usually mounted on mesh or plastic net for ease of implementation. One of the most practical installations of mosaic tiles is shower floors. Especially with small format marble mosaics like 1×1 you can create a slope inside showers. Furthermore, mortar joints in these mosaics create a natural non-slip surface.
Italian Marble Slabs
Italian Marble Slabs are the most challenging shape of marble. A fine marble slab comes in smaller sizes and shapes. In order to get the best perfect marble slab for marble countertops, you have to look for a slab that has good color distribution, without any cracks, and has good contrast between the background and veins. An average marble slab is 8 ft by 4 ft and you can easily get two pieces of countertops from it. The most popular surface is a polished surface. However, honed marble slabs are preferred to make wear and tear less visible. Honing marble slabs is usually done by skilled and expert marble finishers or marble factories.
A high-quality sealer is a must
We recommend sealing all marble floors and countertops with a good quality sealer after application marble. There are many types of sealers such as oil-based or water-based sealers as well as color-enhanced or plain sealers. Some of these sealers provide a wet look which brings out all the colors and veins in marble to the surface. One can also achieve what is called a book match or diamond figure pattern veins by polishing the opposite sides of alternating tiles to give a dramatic look.
If you are looking to apply Italian Marble in your new home, Villa, Hotel, Resort, etc. Contact us at BHANDARI MARBLE GROUP and we would look forward, make your task easy and hassle-free. We also offer doorstep delivery where we make it certain that the best quality products reach you.
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