Statuary marble, or statuary Italian marble, is probably the most valued material in construction and for that it is also the most famous among the different Carrara marble varieties. Its main quality is its beauty, that embellishes any roo more space. People usually call this stone “marble” but there’s over 150 types of Carrara marble. The composition of the statuary marble mixes an elegant ivory white color with a cream yellow one that, along with its crystalline structure and its purety, make this marble perfect for sculptures and artistic creations. Nevertheless, this natural stone is used in all kinds of projects.
The origine of the Carrara marble
The production of Carrara marble takes place in the Apuan Alps, a mountain range located in Northern Tuscany, above the Ligure Riviera, the Ligurian Sea and the Versilia, in Italy. This is one of the reasons why the Ranaissance was so prolific in Italy, given that they had enough high quality raw material to supply artists, architects and to build some of the world’s most beautiful historic buildings. There are five areas in Italy that serve as the source for this type of marble.
The Carrara area itself, in the North East of the Apuan Alps, Massa, on the west of that same Mountain Range, Lunigiana, in the Massa-Carrara province, Garfagnana, on the North East side of the Alpuan Alps and the area of Versilia, also in Tuscany.
As we can see, all five of this areas have adopted the same name on the stone market and are now called Carra Marble District, even though only one of them was originally part of the original Carrara deposit. Furthermore, these places produce two different types of natural stone: marble and Breccia, that can be divided into many other categories.
Italian Marble Classification
This Italian marble is divided into seven types: statuary marble (available at Stone Cross), white Carrara marble, marble with veining, Bardiglio marble, Calacatta marble, statuary arabesque marble and grey cloud Carrara marble (Novulato Marble).
As we mentioned at the beginning statuary marble is the most valued and also one of the most expensive because of its unique qualities. It hardly has any veins, and when it does they are usually of a very light grey color. There is a type of statuary marble called statuario venato that usually has bigger veining spread across the surface as a result of the high amounts of phyllosilicate minerals in it. We could say that it is one of the most exclusive marbles in the world due to its remarkable features and its low production, which makes it very valuable. If you are looking for a company that can work with this type of high quality materials contact Stone Cross. We are experts in natural stone design, maintenance and projects.
Bianco marble or white Carrara marble
Carrara’s Bianco marble, or white Carrara marble, can be described as “homogeneous”, although occasionally it can have some small veins. The material’s color is white, even though it can be pearly white with bright grains and small, hardly visible grey veins, making it different and special.
Venato Marble or veining marble
This stone is also called veining white Carrara marble and has one of the largest productions in the Apuan Alps. The color is a greyish white that can even be pearly white, like white Carrara marble, although the number of veins and their intensity is slightly higher. A lot of other smaller varieties can be identified whithing this veining marble depending on the consistency of its composition.
Bardiglio marble is made up of cryptocrystalline pyrite which is the cause of the stone’s grey tone. The veins in this type of stone are pretty dark, getting even black in some parts. Its name comes from a derivation of a word meaning “dark grey” in Italian that it’s also linked with clouds or cloudy weather. Normally this colors are less popular than the whiter ones.
This material can be mistaken with Bardiglio and arabasque marble because in some of its varieties it has a really homogeneous surface. Nevertheless, it usually has a greyish white background with darker stains, decorated with whiteish veins that create abstract shapes.
This natural stone’s most significant quality are its arabesque patterns formed by the veins. The veining can be greyish, yellowish, purpleish and brownish. The background color is somewhere between pearly white and light grey and its grains are médium sizedd.
This type of marble comes from the Carrara deposit, in the Calacatta province, from where it takes its name. It has a background color and texture very similar to the statuary marble. Its veins are not too big and can go from light grey to yellow or ven gold.
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