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From the Taj Mahal to Versailles, marble has a long and rich history of being used in the finest spaces in the world. Add your home to the list of beautiful spaces enhanced by the elegance of marble tile. Classic white marbles are as timeless as ever, but there are more colors, finishes and coordinating pieces than ever before that enable you to make your look your own.

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Carrara marble, Luna marble to the Romans, is a type of white or blue-grey marble popular for use in sculpture and building decor. It has been quarried since Roman times in the mountains just outside the city of Carrara in the province of Massa and Carrara in the Lunigiana, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany, Italy.

More marble has been extracted from the over 650 quarry sites near Carrara than from any other place. The pure white statuario grade was used for monumental sculpture, as "it has a high tensile strength, can take a high gloss polish and holds very fine detail".[1] By the late 20th century this had now run out, and the considerable ongoing production is of stone with a greyish tint, or streaks of black or grey on white. This is still attractive as an architectural facing, or for tiles.

In the Middle Ages, most of the quarries were owned by the Marquis Malaspina who in turn rented them to families of Carrara masters who managed both the extraction and transport of the precious material. Some of them, such as the Maffioli, who rented some quarries north of Carrara, in the Torano area, or, around 1490, Giovanni Pietro Buffa, who bought marble on credit from local quarrymen and then resold it on the Venetian market, were able to create a dense commercial network, exporting the marble even to distant locations.[3] Just to cite an example, starting from 1474, first the Maffioli, then the Buffa, supplied the marble for the facade of the Certosa di Pavia, also taking care of the transport of the material which, by ship, after having circumnavigated Italy, reached the construction site of the monastery after having sailed up the Po and the Ticino by boat.[4] Starting from the 16th century, Genoese stonecutters-merchants also entered this flourishing trade.[5]

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the marble quarries were monitored by the Cybo and Malaspina families who ruled over Massa and Carrara. The family created the "Office of Marble" in 1564 to regulate the marble mining industry.[6] The city of Massa, in particular, saw much of its plan redesigned (new roads, plazas, intersections, pavings) in order to make it worthy of an Italian country's capital.[7] Following the extinction of the Cybo-Malaspina family, the state was ruled by the House of Austria and management of the mines rested with them. The Basilica of Massa is built entirely of Carrara marble and the old Ducal Palace of Massa was used to showcase the stone.[8]

By the end of the 19th century, Carrara had become a cradle of anarchism in Italy, in particular among the quarry workers. According to a New York Times article of 1894, workers in the marble quarries were among the most neglected labourers in Italy. Many of them were ex-convicts or fugitives from justice. The work at the quarries was so tough and arduous that almost any aspirant worker with sufficient muscle and endurance was employed, regardless of their background.[9]

The Apuan Alps above Carrara show evidence of at least 650 quarry sites, with about half of them currently abandoned or worked out.[11] The Carrara quarries have produced more marble than any other place on earth.[12]

The prize yield from Carrara quarries through millennia has been statuario, a pure white marble (coloring in other marbles arises from intermixture with other minerals present in the limestone as it is converted to marble by heat or pressure). However, by the end of the 20th century, the known deposits of Statuario near Carrara are played out. The quarries continue to remove and ship up to a million tons/year of less-esteemed marble, mostly for export. This is mostly streaked with black or grey.[1]

Replica of the Robba Fountain at Town Square, Ljubljana. The sculptural part of the fountain is made of Carrara marble, the obelisk of local Lesno Brdo limestone, and the pool of local Podpeč limestone.

The black yeast Micrococcus halobius can colonize Carrara marble by forming a biofilm and producing gluconic, lactic, pyruvic and succinic acids from glucose, as seen in the Dionysos Theater of the Acropolis in Athens.[21]

Marble floors are famed for their beauty and strength, and Carrara marble is one of the finest kinds of marble that money can buy. Strong, low-maintenance, and stunning to look at, Carrara tile can bring a lot to your home, and you'll find nothing but the best Carrara marble products for sale here at Floor & Decor.

Carrara marble has been used for thousands of years and remains popular to this day. It's one of the toughest stones you can use, perfect for those high-traffic areas throughout the home. It's also amazingly low-maintenance, able to stay clean and fresh, even after years of use. Carrara tile is versatile, too, and you can use it in various spaces throughout the house, from the kitchen and bathroom to hallways and entryways.

If you're looking for some stunning Carrara marble to bring some beauty and sophistication to your home, or plan on installing some Carrara marble as part of your next home renovation project, Floor & Decor will help you find the right products at the best prices:

"Amazing marble! Amazing packing! Not one piece of marble was broken in shipment. This is our second time ordering from The Builder Depot and both times have been a great experience. Other stores charge three times the price I paid for my bathroom tile. Cannot recommend highly enough!"

DISCLAIMER: As a natural stone, Marble varies in color and veining. The veining shown in photos posted by previous customers may be sourced from previous lots. Also, marble shown installed in photographs on social media and online may be altered by lighting, filters and other editing tools. We strongly advise purchasing samples prior to placing an order as all sales are final.

Refined and sophisticated, the Belshire Carrara Marble Vanity Console from DXV lends timeless beauty and luxury to the well-appointed bathroom. Reflecting the glamour and exuberance of the Art Deco period, the Belshire Console is handcrafted in Portugal from locally sourced marble. Each console is a one-of-a-kind piece, remarkable for its unique veining in soothing shades of misty grey and soft white. A focal point in the curated Belshire Collection, this exquisite marble console pairs beautifully with the coordinating Belshire frame and faucet, each sold separately, in Platinum Nickel or Satin Brass.

At Bergen Cabinets & Countertops, we offer a wide range of large scale exterior and interior stone work that includes stone flooring, backsplash tiles, granite, marble, quartzite and quartz kitchen worktops and bathroom vanity tops among others. Our Carrara Marble offers exceptional and beautiful stone floor and stone worktop materials for all budgets and tastes.

Come and see the beautiful Italian marble, Calacatta Murano. With its unique golden V shapes, it is perfect for both indoor or outdoor use and can be cut to cm 1 thickness in big sizes! We also offer complete services such as tiles production (including kitchens), slabs/projects installation on site; we work with only high-quality materials which guarantees long lasting projects made by us.

From the green waters of the Ligurian Sea, the mountain range known as the Apuan Alps rises dramatically into a striking landscape of craggy peaks covered in scrub brush, twisted trees, and marble deposits so white they give the false impression that the mountains are covered in snow.

The main attraction in Carrara is a visit to one of the marble quarries. Even though the old systems of pulleys, ramps, and sleds have been replaced by modern mountain-moving, quarrying, and even robotic equipment, you can still appreciate the centuries-old tradition of removing white chunks of marble from the mountainsides.

A small fleet of off-road vehicles awaits your arrival at this guided quarry experience. This tour is a good overall education about the techniques of marble quarrying, along with an exciting ride up the mountainside.

Located just outside of Carrara in Fantiscritti, this guided tour takes you inside a marble cave. In addition, you can appreciate a curious and somewhat chaotically organized collection of tools, machinery, sculpture, and other artifacts related to the history of marble quarrying.

The museum provides an informative overview of the history of Carrara and its famous marble. The video is worthwhile, especially if you are not taking a separate tour of the quarries. You can also view several hundred works of marble sculpture from Carrara and around the world. If you want to leave with a clearer idea of what authentic Carrara marble looks like compared to other types of marble in the world, the museum is a great place to start.

A detour to the nearby village of Colonnata makes for a white-knuckle driving experience, with narrow, windy paths up the mountainsides. While the driver needs to keep their eyes on the road, passengers can enjoy unparalleled views of the marble quarries along the way. Colonnata is famous for its lardo, the silky-white, spiced, cured pork fat that flavors many Tuscan dishes and is also enjoyed thinly sliced on a plate. Be sure to stay for lunch! 041b061a72


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