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Types of marble – a trip around the world

What are the most popular types of marble and how are they used in different parts of the world? Let’s discover six of the most common ones!

Marble is the ace up the architects and designers’ sleeve when they want to build unique, versatile interiors that inspire luxury. It is a popular choice for countertops, bathrooms and floors. The versatility of marble allows it to be used in infinite contexts and types of constructions. It can be found in the luxurious hallways of hotels and even in the dream kitchen of your home! This material has the magical ability to give any room a luxurious feeling of grandeur.

There are many different types of marble, each with their own unique details and different uses. Marble is a natural stone rich in calcium, which means that it is constantly changing, and with every additional use, the pieces gain more and more character and a stronger personality. For those who want to use marble in their homes or in their private spaces, a quick look at the most popular types of marble could be useful in order to make the best decision.

Carrara Marble

This white marble is famous for having a clean look, with thin gray shades, being among the most popular and well-known types in Europe. You can recognize Carrara by looking at the contrasting veining against the white or light-gray background. The Carrara white marble blocks have always been appreciated in the art of sculpture, due to certain characteristics of the stone, such as: softness, homogeneity and high crack and tear resistance. In construction, this type of white marble is mostly used in building countertops, fireplaces, shower walls and floors.

Emperador Marble

Emperador is a remarkable marble that makes a statement by its style and distinction. Being highly appreciated by architects and interior designers, it are widely used to create unique, charming and unbeatably beautiful spaces. From a visual point of view, Emperador marble catches your eye due to its dark brown tone, with irregular nerves.
It can be combined with other materials in different tones to get distinct patterns. For example, in combination with other beige tones, you can achieve a very clean and relaxed look.

Calacatta Marble

This classic Italian marble is one of the most valuable white marbles. Having a more dramatic look than the Carrara marble, Calacatta distinguishes itself by a warm white tone and a mixture of beige, gold and grey nervures that vary according to size. The Calacatta marble is commonly used for kitchen or bathroom countertops, chimney coverings, large tiled floors and wall tiles. This type of stone also comes from the same place in Italy as Carrara, but Calacatta is usually much smoother than your typical Carrara marble.

Thassos Marble

Thassos marble is white-crystalline and comes from the island of Thassos in Greece. This marble is distinguished by its almost sparkling, shiny appearance. Popular, even from the ancient times, the marble of Thassos is excellent to reflect light in a room and make any space look very bright. The simple color palette of this marble makes it suitable for different home design styles, with the ability to contrast or complement an already existing scheme.

Statuario Marble

In Statuario marble, we find the subtle gray shades, reminiscent of Carrara, but also white ribs similar to those found in the Calacatta plates. This stone is distinguished by the very white hue that characterizes it, which makes it incredibly valuable. While Statuario is recognized in Italy as the perfect marble for Statue Sculptures, it is also a highly sought after material for residential and commercial projects.

White Himalaya Marble

This other Greek marble, White Himalaya has many characteristics similar to Carrara. The Himalayan white marbles can vary from gray and brown to purple, all on the same solid white background. This marble makes an impression when used for bathrooms, floors and countertops, wall panels and bathtub covers.

To conclude, there are many different types of marble that you can choose from when designing your space. Whether you’re thinking of marble in your own home, but especially in larger spaces that require extensive, large-scale work, you can benefit from the professional services that BrownStone offers. We pride ourselves with a portfolio containing many projects focused on marble and here you will find the experts you need for your work, regardless of its complexity. We can guarantee a successful, error-free project. For any additional questions and details, BrownStone team is at your disposal!


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