The Latin word marmor signifies, “crystalline rock” and it’s the quality of this material that has captivated artists and aesthetes over the centuries. Italian par excellence, Michelangelo marble is universally known as the marble originating from Carrara; it is named after Michelangelo Buonarroti, who in the Tuscan quarries specifically the one of Altissimo, undertook his quest for the perfect marble. The pure white colour, barely veined, almost smudged and its fine grain, make it the “king” of all marbles, the undisputed hero in the history of art and contemporary design.
One of the clearest marbles with a low rate of impurities. Its ancient formation dates back to almost 200 million years ago, when northern Tuscany was completely submerged by sea, on the bottom of which, deposits of limestone sediment enabled the formation of this wonderful white marble characterised by a base paste of homogeneous, sparkling grains. Its distinctive colour is white with grey, nuanced veining appearing in irregular patterns.
All-Italian and from Carrara, Bianco Arabescato marble has such a strong personality that it is in great demand for accessories, ornaments and luxe design features. The pure white, crystalline colour and the light grey veining are its trademark. It is similar to veined marble, but differentiates itself for the lightness of the veining, with merely a hint of cloudy grey; a dreamlike marble.
Valuable and in great demand, Calacatta marble symbolises the most refined product of the Apuan Alps. The clear, white background with distinctive gold veining, confer less formality than marble usually exudes, making it warm and welcoming. Ornate and functional this marble is sensual, expressive and imbued with elegance, like the ancient land that created it.
Calacatta Oro Vagli
A magnificent product of the Apuan Alps. It shares its origins with Carrara marble, but differs from it thanks to its ivory/butter colour and the presence of considerable veins that range from gold to every shade of brown, green and grey. One of the best applications of this marble is the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi and commissioned by Pope Paul VI in 1971. Nervi created the famous vault of the auditorium, comprising 42 parabolic arches, 70 metres of light and a special mix of valuable, reinforced concrete made with white cement and Calacatta Vagli marble dust.
Fior di Pesco Carnico
(Northern Est of Italy)
A decidedly Italian marble, highly prized by architects and interior designers, which can be admired in one of its best applications in Florence’s Palazzina Reale of Santa Maria Novella, next to the train station. A magnificent product of the Carnic Alps and the Dolomites, this marble exhibits light hues that range from white to grey and light green, with ivory, grey and rose-coloured veins.
An ancient marble with a place in history and architecture: it has been quarried ever since Etruscan times in Tuscany, near Siena, and in Lazio. A sedimentary calcareous rock, Travertino is compact and both malleable and resistant, making it an ideal building material; it is also used to make accessories. Another feature is the variety of colours which, depending on the oxides contained, range from white to walnut travertine, from yellow to red. This makes it the perfect choice to be combined with other materials, to tell lots of stories of elegance and culture, of an everlasting material that classicism taught us to love and to regard as the foundation of an undying ideal of beauty.
An elegant precious stone, extracted in Italy, characterized by dark smooth
veins that fade into an homogeneous ivory background. Light and delicate
coloured, this marble is widespread in the Italian tradition, since the ancient
Rome. A resistant stone, that lasts over time.
Giallo Siena marble is a natural stone typical of the Sienese mountains. Known and worked since ancient times both as siding and in the production of accessories and jewellery, today it is one of the most sought-after marbles. It owes its peculiarity to the hues ranging from ochre to a deeper yellow and, in some cases, even a reddish yellow. The opaque background features narrow veins interspersed with white or ivory bands, and pale greyish veins – peculiarities that make the material original and one of a kind. A hypnotic, elegant marble that recalls romantic interiors, Sunday dinner tables and precious objects; a marble that has made history in the decorations and sidings of churches and monuments where we glimpse the transcendent also thanks to the beauty and elegance of the materials.
Giallo Egiziano is a yellow colour marble characterised by bright veins intertwined in irregular patterns on the surface. A positive colour, associated with a feeling of joy, is the perfect fit for a classic interior with a touch of modernity, to illuminate the space delicately. Its deep yellow shade reminds the gleam of gold, a symbol of luxury and prestige, like in the rich interior of the ancient Egyptian houses. A marble that captures the attention, a timeless trend for a chic and warm design.
An origin steeped in myth, associated with the beauty of Venus, renders this opaque and semi-translucent variety of chalcedony a highly symbolic and refined material. According to lore, Onyx was created from the nails of Venus, which were trimmed by young Cupid and left on the ground: to render them immortal like their creator, the Fates turned them into gemstones. Dream or reality? This elegant, banded stone is widespread throughout Eastern art, which has utilised onyx to create some of the most spectacular mausoleums, mosaics and decorations. It’s a hard stone that reveals a great deal about who has crafted it, in the streaks and the decisive balance that the colour gradients bestow upon the final object.
It owes its name to its strength, magma and energy: a cloudy onyx with large areas of dark and light honey-brown alternating with lighter lines and veins, normally translucent. Originally from Turkey, its typical shade of red – similar to burning lava – makes it popular in precious, elegant and striking accessories.
“The deeper the blue, the more it draws man into infinity, arousing his yearning for purity and, ultimately, transcendence. Blue is the colour of the sky as we picture it when we hear the word.” So said Wassily Kandinsky about the colour blue, and this marble recalls his words. Blu Sodalite marble is mainly extracted from quarries in Namibia, Bolivia and Brazil, corresponding to different degrees of purity in raw material, with the purest, rarest and most valuable hailing from Brazil. Its blue colour with black-and-white veining makes it elegant, unique and decidedly spiritual and dreamlike in nature.
The marble of interiors with a variegated pattern, obviously dominated by green, with distinct tonal veining. It is love at first sight, not at all gloomy but sparkling and captivating, it matches black and red alike; in a broader notion about marble, it not only expresses purity and perfection, but equally welcomes the velvety night.
Verde Guatemala - Verde India
(Guatemala - India)
Verde Guatemala and Verde India marbles are two eye-catching stones with very similar characteristics,quarried respectively in Guatemala and in India. The intense green shade, together with swirling black veins, carries us in an exotic atmosphere, and reminds the sparkle of an emerald, symbol of love and beauty for the ancient Romans and Greeks. A really precious stone to decorate your home that create an intriguing aura in your home interiors.
A highly elegant, dense black background with white or light grey streaks of varying intensity; the most nocturnal of marbles invokes the moon while belonging to the earth. It lends itself well to glossy finishes, is wonderfully smooth to the touch, fascinating and ultramodern, it proudly complements any style and decor.
As dark as night, as alluring as the unexpected, as elegant as it is black. Usually, it is a solid colour upon which white and yellowish veining appears according to irregular patterns of varying sizes. Very finely-grained, Nero Antico is never the same; known and mined since antiquity, it has always been a precious marble, selected for sculpture, decoration and accessories. This marble is ideal for those who appreciate darkness, without the gloom.
Better known as marble of Portovenere, it has an ancient and fascinating history linked to the Etruscan civilization of Luni, in the province of La Spezia, which to this day remains the only extraction site. The Etruscans and later the Romans, greatly appreciated its decorative qualities; its jubilant golden veining, a result of the oxidation of organic matter present in the slurry, make it so appropriate for art objects and furnishings that it has embellished dwellings and brought prestige to kings and emperors for centuries.
Black & Gold
Amongst the most refined and elegant of marbles. It’s one of a kind, due to its deep, black background that is almost hypnotic, embellished by striking gold veins that tell of ancient minerals, as well as with finer vertical ones, which are white. An enigmatic and valuable marble – perfect for objects that in the mind’s eye, are already masterpieces.
Don’t let yourself be taken in: it’s still marble – calcareous stone, moulded by time and weather. But its vivid and deep brown colour, criss-crossed by lighter parallel veins with gold accents when the material is vein cut, gives it the appearance of wood. When it is cross cut, on the other hand, it reveals astonishing hues. Its deep brown colour, warmth and elegance make this marble one of a kind. Mainly quarried in Canada, it is as exquisite as the women painted by Boldini – ethereal and chic, fashionable yet elusive.
Arabescato Vagli Filo Rosso
Typical of the Apuan Alps, this marble owes its name to the place it is quarried (Vagli, in the province of Lucca) and still tells much of Italian art history and more: indeed, it is commonly used to build churches (such as St Peter’s Basilica in Rome) and in panelling, floorings and sculptures. With its white background and pinkish-red veins, this dense, layered marble is never ordinary and is well suited to objects or architectures born under the sign of time, looking towards the future from their solid past.
Another strictly Ligurian marble, extracted near the town of Levanto and on the Riviera Spezzina. Its distinctive colour results from the combination of metamorphic rock that originated with calcite, quartz and serpentine, and is evident in its multi-chromaticism. This marble was used as early as the Roman and Etruscan eras, and experienced its apex between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries thanks to its distinctive personality and flamboyant colour, which perfectly showcase the pieces into which it is transformed.
Allure, passion, warmth and energy. Rosso Alicante is a unique, precious marble, brick-red and opaque, with light grey-and-white veining. Native to Spain, it is now commonly used in the rest of the world as a flooring material and to make accessories. It possesses excellent technical qualities that make it suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces alike.
Even the pattern of this marble reveals its uniqueness: pink Galala is a limestone that was formed by the stratification and sedimentation of sandy rock. The background presents an irregular pattern of stylolites or fossils, of an intense pinkish-beige colour; the characteristic grain that confers the typical ‘flowering’ appearance.