There is nothing more rewarding than getting home and feeling the pleasure of being surrounded by traditional glamour with a clean and hygienic environment. Carrara marble worktops have been the most popular materials in the home and office designing recently but its popularity dates way back in time as it has been extensively used by many civilizations including the Romans due to its luxurious feel and pure characteristics when it comes to keeping the surfaces free from germs and bacteria when compared to other natural materials such as wood.
Some of the world’s ancient monuments were built using Carrara marble. Some of these include Marble Arch in London, Michelangelo’s David sculpture and Birmingham’s King Edward VII Memorial amongst other famous monuments and establishment made out of this precious natural stone.
It is intriguing that a piece of art created by nature has built such a great statement and it is changing peoples’ lifestyle by delivering a superior surface experience. Now, let’s go into depth and find out how Bianco Carrara marble became the most popular stone in the world.
Bianco Carrara marble Extra quality which displays a more defined veined than Carrara standard shown in the above close-up image
What is Bianco Carrara marble?
Marble is a rich metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals found abundantly in our planet and it is mainly composed of calcium amongst other minerals.
Since its discovery, the humankind has been wisely using its valuable properties to renovates homes and bring their design ideas to fruition.
Due to its versatility, there is absolutely nothing that can’t be accomplished with Bianco Carrara for building and architectural purposes whether applied indoors or outdoors. Bianco Cararra marble rates 3 out of 10 of Moh’s scale which means whilst being a strong rock, it can still be moulded and carved, hence its popularity in applications such as statues and monuments.
It comes with a striking veined texture and a deep essence of purest white background that adds sophistication and exclusivity to the kitchen, bathroom, utility rooms, reception desk, staircases, hallways, wall cladding, furniture, pillars, façades among several other areas in both residential and commercial properties.
The above image shows one of the quarries in Carrara, located in the north of Italy
History of Carrara marble and its wide range of indoors and outdoors applications
Marble is a spectacular surface that has been inspiring us since the ancient Roman times with flawless architecture in civil construction and decoration.
In modern days, it continues to remain the preferred choice amongst homeowners, architects and designers. Companies have introduced into the market impeccable and different finishes in natural marble collections to interpret the unique beauty such as the identical hues and veining of Carrara marble, and each of these offers their own peculiarities.
Since Carrara marble is a natural stone, it is quarried with different characteristics according to the mineral constitution of the different blocks. This enables quarries to change its name to what many times makes a commercial distinction which makes reference to the look and/or properties of a given block of Bianco Carrara marble.
Carrara marble is qualified by the density and definition of its veining as well as by the degree of white it displays on its backdrop. The whiter and more defined the purer and more expensive it may become. A pure white marble reflects the natural pureness of the material which is unaffected by other minerals that may be present in the block.
The most popular Carrara marble types are ‘Carrara C’ which is the most popular type and standard of this natural stone. It has a white-off white backdrop with an even vein grayish pattern that is not very defined.
‘Carrara C Extra’ comprises a slightly whiter background that the standard Carrara C variety.
The ‘Carrara CD’ variety comes with a darker backdrop ranging in between light grey to grayish veining.
‘Carrara C Extra 1st’ is one of the whitest varieties with the most defined veins across the blocks.
There is also Carrara Gioia which has heavier and pronounced veining than the standard Carrara varieties, with a name makes reference to the region in which it is quarried. And there is also Bianco Carrara Gioia Extra which has more of a pure white background than the former.
- Carrara CD (Marmo Bianco Carrara CD)
- Carrara CD Extra(Marmo Bianco Carrara CD Extra)
- Carrara C(Marmo Bianco Carrara C)
- Carrara C Extra(Marmo Bianco Carrara C Extra)
- Carrara C Extra 1st(Marmo Bianco Carrara C Extra 1st)
- Carrara Gioia (Marmo Bianco Carrara Gioia)
- Carrara Gioia Extra(Marmo Bianco Carrara Gioia Extra)
- White Carrara Gioia Extra 1st (Marmo Bianco Carrara Gioia Extra 1st)
- Carrara Venato (Carrara veined)
Cararra Gioia Marble worktops in the above image offers heavier veining than Carrara C marble
- In addition, back in the 17th century, Carrara marble quarry production was led by Italian families who ruled in the regions of Massa and Carrara.
- The famous marble statue called Michelangelo’s David was an absolute perfection of Fine Arts, which was created by carving from Carrara in 1501 and 1504 that represented a masterpiece of Renaissance by Michelangelo.
- The same prestigious material represents the sculptures in memory of King Edward VII in Birmingham, England.
Over a longer period of usage and natural ageing, this marble develops a film on the surface- thus offering an extra elegant touch and artistic value.
The calcium that forms the stone conveniently continues to offer warmth and peace in environments, providing a sense of natural calm to any area in which it is applied.
Several hotels and restaurants give their guests the pleasure of royalty by placing Carrara marble in lobbies, worktops and patios. In hospitals and other healthcare facilities, Carrara is one of the most hygienic materials for desks, flooring, wall cladding, among other areas of implementation.
Carrara comes in polished and honed finishes as standard but it can be sourced in practically any finish on a special order basis. Its thickness varies from 20 mm to 30 mm or as sold by suppliers of Carrara worktops in the UK, such as MKW Surfaces.
It offers an air of timeless elegance because each slab is unique and has a fairly low water absorption rate of 0.10%. That is why this incredible marble is ranked as one of the most superior materials in construction and interior design by architects and builders.