The choice of marble

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“I choose a block of marble and cut away anything unnecessary.”

Auguste Rodin

Marble is a stone that is formed through a metamorphic process from sedimentary rocks. It can present itself in the most varied ways: in addition to the classic white, there are veins of marble with different veins and textures, in shades of red, green, yellow, gray, purple. The multiple colors and textures derive from the presence of different minerals which, when mixed together, create shades and veins that make each object unique and unrepeatable.

Colors and features

White Marble

White marble is considered the most valuable since ancient times; the classics considered it the only pure and valuable, while colored marbles were seen as impure stones, for this reason most of the monuments and statues built then are in white marble.
The best known and most valuable type of white marble is Carrara marble , composed of a white background with uniform and homogeneous shades and the presence of gray veins, it is fine-grained with the possibility of the presence of pyrite crystals. The quality of the Carrara material is defined by the whiteness of the background and the composition of the gray vein

Bardiglio marble

Bardiglio marble, quarried in the Carrara area, is characterized by a very fine grain and has an overall dark gray color. A marble of medium hardness and easy to work, it has very fine veins in a parallel pattern, dark gray, light gray, and whitish in color. Also known as “BardiglioCappella,” due to its wide use in churches and cemetery works, it is a marble of excellence, prized and at the same time durable, used in fact very often for the creation of fine floor and wall coverings, both interior and exterior.

Black portoro

The black Portoro marble is a particular variety of marble originating from the province of La Spezia, in Liguria, and more precisely from the Portovenere area, in the Gulf of poets, hence the name Portoro. It is a very decorative stone with a deep black background with intense gold-colored veins, ideal for the creation of luxurious furnishings, with a traditional flavor yet perfectly suited to even the most modern environments. The finish that best enhances its beauty is certainly the polishing, a process that allows its splendid gold-colored veins to be visible. With its characteristic intense black color with golden veins, it is particularly suitable for artistic and elegant creations.

Belgium Black

The marble black Belgium is an elegant natural stone that is quarried from Belgium and usually has a deep black and compact background color ,with an imperceptible bright white speckling, a detail that gives this marble an original and unconventional look that fits very well in modern design contexts.

Marquinia Black

Black Aquitaine or Grand Antique

Black Aquitaine marble is a very ancient tectonic breccia characterized by a set of black-colored patches (clasts), generally having an angular shape and centimeter dimensions, separated by candid white veins (cement), having a width of several centimeters, with an irregular course, interwoven to form a network.

The lithotype designation refers to the characteristic coloration. Designations referring to origin and/or color are: Marmor celticum (the Celts inhabited France before the Roman conquest); Marble of Aquitaine (from the historical region of the same name); Black and White of France. Other designations, in local use, are: Grand deuil and Grand antique.

Known uses and reuses consist of load-bearing elements (columns), cladding (inlays, cornices and wall slabs; wainscoting and floor slabs), and ornamental elements (balustrades; sarcophagi). Old Black and White comes from the Aubert locality between Saint-Lizier and Saint-Girons in the Central Pyrenees region of France.

France Red

The French red marble, also known as Rouge Incarnat or Langedoc, is a historic French marble that was widely used in the sumptuous architecture of the nineteenth century. It is not difficult to find it in churches and noble palaces throughout Europe. The good structure of this marble allows it to be used with multiple finishes, although the glossy finish is undoubtedly the one that most enhances its bright red color, arabesque with elegant white veins.

Portugal Pink

Portugal pink marble features a delicate pale pink color, which sometimes based on the block, can be a beautiful old pink with hazel undertones. Ideal for many types of creations, this particular and white marble is used above all in interior projects of both classic and modern style, always characterized by great elegance and refinement.

Levanto red

Levanto Red marble, or simply Levanto red, is a variety of Italian marble with a red-purple color already used by the Romans for the construction of columns, floors and walls. The background of this stone is characterized by a predominantly reddish pigmentation, due to the presence of iron oxides on which a striking and dense network of glossy white veins stands out.
This variety of red marble is quarried in Liguria, mainly in the municipality of Levanto, from which it takes its name, and in neighboring municipalities on the Riviera.

Alicante Red

Alicante red marble is a variety of marble extracted in Spain, characterized by an orange-red background color, decorated with very light veins, even white. The contrast between the veins and the background creates elegant chromatic games, which are best appreciated once the glossy finish has been applied. Ideal to enhance the elegance of antique furniture, but also to give a decisive touch of refinement to modern or rustic environments.

Green Alps

Green Alps marble is a precious variety of marble that is mainly extracted in the Aosta Valley, in the western Alps. It has a dark green background tone that at first glance may seem uniform, but in reality it has an infinity of light and dark shades and white and yellowish veins that characterize and distinguish it. The high polishing, which can be achieved thanks to the hardness of the green Alpi marble, enhances the chromatic contrast between the green of the serpentine and the white of the calcite. It is in fact a refined material for its singular highly decorative beauty, which gives value and elegance to any type of environment and furniture.

Saint Denis Green

The green Saint Denis marble is a rock that is extracted in the Aosta Valley but has a different and lighter colored background than the other varieties of Verde Alpi marble present in the Alpine region. The veins that run along the block of marble are of a decidedly lighter shade of green, sometimes almost tending to white. Marble

Yellow Siena

Yellow Siena marble is a stone with a predominantly dark yellow background, with veins ranging from ivory to light yellow. It has been appreciated since ancient times and has always been used in coatings and in the creation of both decorative objects and jewelery. Ideal for enhancing the elegance of antique furniture and dark wood in general, it is of great effect in combination with black Portoro marble, whose golden veins refer to the yellow background color of Siena. It is also of great impact in environments with a contemporary design. It is thought that the use of Giallo Siena marble in the architectural, construction and artistic fields has ancient origins, probably in Roman times. The marbles extracted in the Siena area have been used for centuries in prestigious architectural projects such as the Cathedral of Siena, the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Cathedral of Florence and Orvieto.

Travertino

Colosseum marble, beloved and appreciated for its compact and homogeneous texture, which is particularly durable and solid, is in fact especially suitable for a variety of processing in the building and architectural fields. The background color is marked by striking veining that lends a certain brightness to the whole. In fact, the overall hue varies slightly depending on the type of cut: if the cut is parallel to the flap, in fact, the marble will appear more faded, while if the cut is orthogonal, the color will be more intense. In the latter case, all the layers of calcium carbonate that make up the rock are clearly visible. Strength and durability, however, are not the only characteristics of this natural stone, which is in fact also used to great effect for minute workings, decorations and furnishings. Its “natural” appearance meets to perfection the modern predilection for untreated materials, rediscovering a new contact with Nature.

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