Marble, granites and natural stones

Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Marble is typically not foliated, although there are exceptions. In geology, the term “marble” refers to metamorphosed limestone, but its use in stonemasonry more broadly encompasses unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material, but you can also find it in furniture.

Natural stone is a sublime material. Beautiful and tireless. Your journey begins here, at the White Statuario marble of Carrara …

Marble of Carrara

The White Statuario marble of Carrara is one of the most precious marbles in the world. Few materials, in fact, can compete with its transparent sheen and it’s incredibly compact structure. Among the main types of this material is the White Statuario Venato Marble, which has veins in shades of grey of various sizes. The White Statuario Extra Marble on which the veins are extremely thin and not very visible. 

Both these qualities are very valuable, even if the second one is truly a unique example of aesthetic perfection and grandeur. Many Italian artists have created real masterpieces with the Statuary. Think for example of the “Grazie” and to “Amore e Psiche” by Canova without forgetting Michelangelo’s David, entirely carved in a single block. Today, this material is used to express luxury and magnificence especially for roofing and furnishing elements such as fireplaces, sculptures and special design creations.

Marble of Calacatta

Calacatta is one of the most precious and appreciated Italian marbles, above all for prestigious projects and extremely refined furnishing elements. The base of the Calacatta marble is crystalline white. We can have various types: the Calacatta Caldia in shades of mint green, the Calacatta Crema in shades of light beige tending to ivory. The Calacatta Oro that gives the elegant veins in yellow-gold, that literally ‘shine’ on the white surface of the base.

Diaspro Sicília

The Sicilian Diaspro is mined from the quarries of the mountains of Custonaci, in the province of Trapani. Its colour is unpredictable and alternates various colours ranging from dark red to ocher yellow, with rare white intrusions. Diaspro is mainly used for luxury upholstery and interior decorations. Diaspro has always been sought after by Princes and rulers who wanted it for their churches, palaces and mausoleums. It was used in the splendid works of art of the “Opificio Delle Pietre Dure” of Florence. A place founded by Ferdinando I de Medici in 1588 as artistic manufacture for the production of hard stone furniture.

Brèche du Bénou, the best of France.

French marble with important design, the Brèche du Benou has a multicoloured gravelly structure in shades of intense yellow and green, up to pink. Used for the decorations of the palace of Versailles (especially for the splendid fireplaces) and the interiors of famous historic buildings throughout Europe. Its dynamic polychrome is a true piece of furniture and is transposed with fascination in both traditional and modern settings.

White Thassos Extra marble of Greece

The White Thassos Extra marble is a particularly precious material that comes from Greece. Its value is to have a very fine grain, and an absolute white background that has neither veins nor intrusions. The slabs are usually small and carefully selected according to their more candid colour. Usually, White Thassos Extra marble is used for interiors, decorative objects and luxury coverings. Its superb whiteness is often enhanced by the combination with other darker marbles such as the Black of Belgium, the Portoro or the Botticino marble.

The Belgian Black marble

Elegance: This is the most correct and exhaustive definition to describe this marvellous marble that comes from Belgium. This detail gives the material an original appearance, making it perfect for interior design, such as stairs, floors and countertops. Also used for the preparation of outdoors. As for the finishes, the polishing is the most recommended treatment.

Portoro marble or marble of Portovenere

A very precious marble, starting from the few quarries in the province of La Spezia. The Black Italian Portoro is a beautiful marble, characterized by an intense and brilliant black with golden veins alternating with whitish areas of variable dimensions. Ranging from yellow veins for its ‘large stain’, to those ‘fine stain’ up to the Black and White of La Spezia, where the white spot is on the grey-black background. Cosimo I de Medici had a great passion for Black Portoro. In the 16th century’s Florence, some of the greatest works of art of the Italian Renaissance were made from this natural stone.

Amazonite granite

Amazonite’s a very precious granite from Brazil. It seems like you are in front of a contemporary work of art. It’s incredibly moving structure, in fact, creates unexpected suggestions that come to life through the thousand tones of emerald and blue. The Amazonite has the power to enchant those who stop to observe it and its value reinforces the magic. In luxury interior design, this material is mainly used as a coating with an open-book stain finish in small spaces. You can also find it in niches in showers, to reinforce the en Plein air effect. Not being resistant to frost, the Amazonite is unlikely to be used for outdoor installations.

The Blue Sodalite

The blue Sodalite is an intense material that amazes with its colours that range from sky blue to cobalt. This natural stone has established itself in the design of luxury environments, chosen for interior cladding and decorative elements such as fireplaces, niches and columns. Thanks to its particularly relaxing colour, the Blue Sodalite is also used for the creation of wet areas such as baths, spas and swimming pools.

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