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What’s the difference between Carrara, Calacatta, and Statuary marble?
The most common Italian marble is Carrara, named for the region it comes from. “Carrara has a gray field or background, with a light gray veining.” This stone can also tend toward blue-gray, and the patterning is usually soft and feathery.
Many homeowners feel that a whiter marble looks more luxurious. They might opt for Calacatta, which is also fairly available in the US. (Somewhat confusingly, it’s quarried in Carrara as well.) “Calacatta has a field that’s bright white and a lot more variation in color than Carrara”. The veins are thick and dramatic and can range in color from gold to brown to beige to dark gray.
And then there’s Statuary marble—whose name serves as a reminder that some of the world’s greatest statues are carved from marble (think Michelangelo’s David). It too comes from the Carrara region. “Statuary also has a bright white field, but not as much color variation as Calacatta”. “The veins are usually dark gray, so there’s a lot of contrast between light and dark in this stone.”
What’s the price difference between this three marble? Statuario Marble is starting from 350 rs. per sqft and above, Carrara Marble is starting from 350 rs. per sqft and above and Calacatta Marble is starting from 500 rs. per sqft.
Is one type of marble more high-maintenance, or low-maintenance, than the others? There’s really no difference between these stones in terms of porosity. Marble is marble, and one type doesn’t vary much from another when it comes to staining.
How do I choose which type of marble will work for me?
All three types of marble will vary from slab to slab, as no two marble formations are the same. The uniqueness of each marble slab is what can result in distinguished luxury kitchens and baths.
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