Saturday 13 February 2021



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Italian Marble has always been known as an expensive rock, only available to the rich and wealthy. Historically, it was a highly preferred and desired material by the Greeks and Romans for both sculpting and creating architectural marvels. It eventually became a symbol of culture, tradition, and royalty.

Italian Marble comes in different colors, patterns, and types, thus making it a popular decorative material among the masses. It happens to be the top choice of anyone wanting to renovate his or her interior or even exterior. It adds a touch of both class and elegance to the aesthetics of any space.

However, Italian marble comes in numerous types and it is impossible to know which one is which. The types vary depending on the marble’s location, impurities, pattern, color, and veining intensity. The price of each marble type also fluctuates significantly because of these factors.

Below, we have carefully curated a comprehensive guide with all the most popular Italian marble types which are sought-after by homeowners everywhere. You’re welcome!

  • Calacatta Marble: Starting with the most popular of them all, Calcatta marble is considered the most luxurious marble type primarily because of its rarity. This rock is frequently mistaken for the Carrara marble owing to the striking similarities in the color and veining of these two types of marbles it is even quarried from the same area in Italy as the Carrara marble. However, there are a few distinct differences that can help set the two types of marbles apart. For example, Calacatta marble is known to have a dark and thick veining pattern and is of bright white color. Carrara, on the contrary, is also white in color but has an intricate grey veining pattern. Calacatta marble is at the top of the marble hierarchy because of its rarity.
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Calacatta Marble
  • Emperador Marble: Emperador marble is a light or dark brown colored Spanish marble type. The hues of brown are complimented by stark white and grey asymmetrical veining patterns. It typically exhibits fine grains with irregular veins.
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Emperador Marble
  • Carrara Marble: The Carrara marble is the most commonly found marble kind, making it the least costly marble in the market. It is of a grayish-white background and consists of intricate, feather-like grey veining. The pattern of the veins is normally linear and they are light-colored.
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Carrara Marble
  • Nero Marquina: The Nero Marquina marble also referred to as the Nero marble, is a rock exploding with color intensity and exceptional strength. Nero Marquina marble can also feature irregular white streaks throughout its surface. This rich black colored marble is Italian. Its dark color is complemented by the prominent white veins that stand out against the dark backdrop.
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  • Levadia Black Marble: The Levadia Black marble is a type of Italian marble and comes in dark black color with grayish-white intricate veins in the pattern of a smoke spot. It is also branded as Titanium Black marble because of its rich black color
  • Blanco Macael: The Blanco Macael is the subcategory of the white marble that has a consistent uniformity in its white color and features defined grayish-blue streaks across the pristine white background.
  • Crema Marfil Marble:  Crema Marfil is a very well-known, Italian marble type famous for its varying tones of beige with irregular patterns and varying veining intensity. This marble type generally has a light color and uniform background. The Crema Marfil is the type of marble that has a distinctive natural tone to its shades, accompanied by a strong consistency and uniformity throughout its tone.
  • Roso Alicante: The Roso Alicante marble is famous because of its rich colors and uniqueness. Its red background features irregular and intricate white veining throughout its surface too, thus making it very attractive.
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  • Dark Emperador: Dark Emperador or otherwise known as Marrón Emperador is a dark-toned marble identified by its eye-catching beauty and elegance to any room. Dark Emperador is of a dark brown color and features streaks of white crystals and veins that are actually concentrations of clear and white calcite, non-foliated metamorphic rocks.
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Dark Emperador
  • Rosa Portugués:  Rosa Portugués is quite possibly the most well known and widely used subcategory of the Pink Marble. It naturally comes in different shades and tones of pink, among which usually subtle pink, light orange, or grayish pinks are the shades that stand out. The presence of gray and brown streaks makes the Rosa Portugués a unique marble However, this marble can also be found without streaks or veining in it at all.
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  • Amarillo Triana: The Amarillo Triana is a subcategory of yellow marble that is noted for its pleasant appearance. This marble is a fine-grained marble with irregular, occasional streaks throughout its surface.


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