Known for its allure and elegance, marble has been highly regarded for awarding luxury to the home. Rich in design and varied in color, marble can be matched with many decorative styles. Since the historical times of Greek and Roman civilizations, marble was widely used in sculptures and decor. It was a sign of wealth and refined taste to own marble.
Today, architectural marvels such as the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court, and The Lincoln Memorial all have exteriors honored with marble. Interior spaces in buildings and homes used this popular stone for floors, stairs, walls, pillars, fireplace surrounds, bathroom countertops, sinks, baths, windowsills and more.
Marble is more porous than granite or man-made materials and can stain. Should you choose marble for your remodeling project, it is suggested that you get a lifetime protective sealant from Petraseal.
Calcite and Dolomite are pure white minerals. They make up most of marble’s content. The colorations and streaks are made from impurities and foreign substances. Marble is a metamorphic rock. It is formed with recrystallized carbonate minerals from a sedimentary rock at extreme pressures and temperatures exceeding 1800° F emitted from our earth’s core.
Where Your Stones Come From
Six states within the U.S. mine marble. Alabama, Vermont, Colorado and Georgia provide colors of white, blue/black, pink, salmon and rose. It is not uncommon for a buyer to go to the quarries or slab yards to choose their very own raw product before production. For the more exotic stone preferences, countries like Italy, Sweden and Spain export slabs with colors of yellow and violet, red, blue or white veins, greens and blacks all around the world. Italy and China are the world’s largest producers of marble and the Turkmenistan’s capital city of Ashgabat claims the world’s highest concentration of white marble architecture.
The color palette of marble features many light, creamy colors in beiges and whites. You can also find deep browns, gold, blacks, reds, greens and multicolored slabs. Rain Forest Brown and Rain Forest Green are rich in color and striations. Carrera White is an elegant white stone with gray patterns recognized in many bathroom vanities and surrounds. Bolivian marble can have blues that would rival shades of water found at the world's most beautiful beaches.