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Calacatta Marble

Why is Calacatta Marble the most popular?

Italian marble such as Calacatta is unrivaled in the natural stone world when it comes to purity and beauty. Renowned for its bold veining and intricate patterns, it should come as no surprise that this stone was utilized in some of history’s most notable structures, primarily castles and cathedrals. The timelessness and elegance of this stone speak with its bright white color and detailed veining. This marble was favored by the famous Italian sculptor Michelangelo. Associated with luxury, elegance, and refinement, Calacatta Marble is used as a status symbol in both residential and commercial structures all over the world.

Where is Calacatta Marble quarried from?

Calacatta marble is sourced from quarries in the Apuan Mountains in Carrara, Italy. This marble originates from a wide mountain range in the Carrara region. This mountain range quarries other marbles as well such as Carrara, Statuario, and more. Every one of these stones is a white marble with a geological formation that is akin in nature.

The production of Calacatta Marble Slabs is limited and tightly controlled. Quarrying becomes extremely difficult in the high winter months on Carrara’s mountain top, therefore seasonal conditions have an impact on production.

Some quarries produce Calacatta marble that is superior to others. The Borghini Quarry, for example, is one of the oldest and seasoned quarries in the Carrara region, with some of its cuts dating back to Roman times.

Quarried from the undisputed marble capital of the world, this stone is often compared with Carrara Marble.  Despite the resemblance and similarities, the subtle difference speaks volumes. Carrara Marble sports a silver-grey background with soft veining, whereas Calacatta Marble flaunts white background with bold veining.

Why is Calacatta Marble super costly?

Calacatta Marble is unique in look and it can only be found in one region in the world, near Carrara, Italy. Hundreds of years ago, the Italians found that what distinguishes all of the white marble in the Calacatta Region is the stone’s veining and how white the background is. The more expensive the slabs are, the whiter the material is. The more ‘uniform’ the veining in a stone is, the more expensive it becomes. The seasonal factors and the color of the stone contribute to the natural stone’s rarity and high price.

Is Calacatta Marble durable?

Marble is a hard natural stone that’s been formed under extreme heat and pressure on the Earth. It is a durable and heat-resistant substance. A marble countertop that is sealed and cleaned regularly is a stunning and long-lasting choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Things to be aware of with marble benchtops are that they require some care and maintenance to keep them looking fantastic. Cutting boards should be used to safeguard marble worktops, and they should be wiped clean after each usage, sealing the stone is also a must.

Where can the Calacatta Marble be used?

This natural stone is favored as a decorative stone in interior and exterior designing. Used in bathrooms, marble countertops in the kitchen, feature walls, fireplaces, marble flooring in offices, as tiles in an indoor application, and more. If you’re aiming to convey a sense of refinement and elegance to a space, Calacatta marble will not let you down.

What backsplash goes with Calacatta Marble?

Backsplashes add texture and detail to a kitchen. Not overpowering, but pleasing to the eye, textured backsplashes with intricate designs add tones of different colors. With a Calacatta Marble benchtop, a balance of colors is essential. The aesthetics of your kitchen need to be well thought out for symmetry and elegance.

With white cabinetry and white calacatta marble benchtops, white backsplashes take after a serene atmosphere, provided the other articles and pieces of furniture are black or brown. With some brown or wood cabinetry and an off-white calacatta marble benchtop, backsplashes with intricate designs in blue, green, and orange would brighten up your kitchen.

Calacatta Marble Benchtop

Remember that while Calacatta marble looks fantastic on any surface or in any area, it does require some upkeep when used as a benchtop. Because of the deep richness of the white, most stains that form on this porous material will be quite visible if not attended to. Regularly sealing with a sealant, using a non-acidic cleaner to avoid etching, and cleaning food spills immediately to avoid staining are some points to keep in mind.

Offering an elegant look with its fewer but vivid and unstructured veining, with Calacatta marble you can design a limitless number of looks and styles for your benchtop. Here at Avant Stone, we have seven different types of Calacatta marble to turn your kitchen around. Here are some color recommendations:

  • With white cabinetry, our Calacatta Bella or Calacatta Statuario will suit very well as it will add to the sophistication of the space. Due to hues of grey flowing through the stone, it will provide a sort of calm in the atmosphere.
  • With soft brown or soft peach cabinetry, our Calacatta Oro will add some depth and warm up the area.
  • With dark brown and gold cabinetry, our Calacatta Vagli with its warm white background and soft gold veining will provide charm and delightfulness.

With pastel cabinetry, our Calacatta Corchia, and Calacatta Viola would balance the colors in the room with their striking and dramatic appeal.

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