Design Vocabulary: Carrara Marble
Question: What do this statue
and this bathroom
have in common? Answer: They both require nakedness. Also, they are both made of carrara marble. Same product, different uses.
Carrara marble comes from the city of Carrara, in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy.
The marble is quarried from the mountains of limestone and dolomite that run throughout the region.
A little science reference: Marble is a metamorphic rock, meaning it is formed from other rock (limestone and dolomite) as it transforms under the pressure and heat. The pretty veining that is so identifiable in marble are actually flaws, made up of residue from other rocks and sediments that were trapped on the porous surface when the rock started to change. Also, because it is a porous surface, marble gets unhappy with stains and direct heat, but you can get can get special gel coatings to seal them up. It just requires a little extra home maintenance. Okay, science lesson over…
Carrara marble is very special, because it is famous for its clean, creamy white color. It has been a treasured material for sculptors and masons for centuries. Because the material has been used through so many design eras, it has become a classic, almost timeless, neutral in interior design. You can really put anything against carrara marble and it works. Doesn’t it make for beautiful kitchens?
You find all kinds of beautiful forms of carrara marble for your home. Take a look:
Do you like carrara marble? Would it work in your home? Are you surprised by all of the modern pieces available?