Marble Worktops & Countertops
Marble is a very unique stone because depending on where it was excavated, it will have different colours and characteristics in each slab. Marble is a beautiful, natural stone that and has been hidden underground for millions of years. We are now seeing the wonders of this magnificent stone.
This article will discuss eight things that you might not have known about Italian marble.
- Architects and Designers Love It – Marble is a very versatile material in that it comes in a variety of colours and patterns, but is also very strong and durable. If you are going to make a statue or a monument, you want it to be able to stand the test of time!
- Extraction and Transportation Techniques Have Improved – Marble is a very hard material, making it very durable, but also very heavy. Marble is made into large slabs that have to be cut out and transported to factories and homes around the world.
- The Countries That import the Most Italian Marble – Italian marble is becoming a very huge and popular industry, with £3.5 billion of raw, semi-finished and finished stone being exported around the world in 2015 alone. The Italians are currently exporting marble to more than 140 countries around the world.
- Purity of Colour and the Veins – The colours and veins of the marble depend on where the marble was quarried from around Italy.
- There is Lightweight Marble – One of the major drawbacks to Italian marble is the fact that is so heavy, making it difficult to transport and install (read: expensive). One designer, Margherita Ricciardi of Nice&Square, has developed a new type of marble called Stonewave. It is a custom-shaped, lightweight aluminum moulding that is surrounded covered in hand-finished marble slats. It is one-third lighter than straight marble and is also durable and resistant to bending.
- Finishes – There are many options for finishing the Italian marble these days, as opposed to just polishing the marble which has been the standard treatment. With the new advances in cutting technology there are any number of new ways to achieve the look you desired. With the new machines, cutting is extremely precise and greatly cuts down on waste and accidental cracking or chipping.
- Experimentation – Again, with the new ways to use cutting tools, technology, and even 3 D mapping, architects and sculptors are able to create amazing works of art and even household items like customized bathtubs, sinks, countertops, tables, steps, and floors that have never been done before.