Marble is a very popular choice for countertops. This metamorphic rock is a result of intense heat and pressure. This all-natural is quarried all around the world including Turkey, China, Greece, Iran, Spain, Egypt, India, Vietnam as well as right here in the United States. Italian marble is considered to be the best, however. Especially those that come from the Cararra region. Michelangelo and Donatello used marble from this area to create some of the world’s most treasured works of art. Why is Italian Marble in such high demand? Read on to find out.
The Purity of Italian Marble
The purity of Italian marble is one of the reasons it is considered superior. Every slab of marble is completely unique. Marble is essentially crystallized limestone. The pressure and heat applied to limestone destroys any impurities, leaving behind a mostly white stone. Minerals in the original limestone are responsible for any color or veining in the stone. These minerals vary depending on the location that the marble was formed. The Carrara region of Italy is renowned for its purity and whiteness.
Another reason Italian Marble is so desirable is because of the rich stone working heritage of Italy. Italians were the first to streamline and perfect quarrying methods still used today. They have set very high standards for quality control and do everything with precision. It’s an amazing experience to bring some of that tradition into your own home with Italian marble countertops.
In fact, we were able to do just that when we visited the Henraux marble quarry, near Luca, Italy. We were able to purchase a block, have cut into slabs, polished, and then have some of the finished product installed in a client’s kitchen. This is just one example of our tagline: “From Quarry to Countertop. Real Stone. Real Value.”
If you’re interested in having Italian marble in your home, reach out to our expert staff to get started.