Carrara marble; famous in its own right and the most sought after natural marble. One of the most exclusive natural stones, Carrara is often used in homes and public buildings alike, but its real claim to fame was its use in sculptures. Michelangelo used Carrara marble to sculpt famous works such as The David and The Pietà, which are kept in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and in the Accademia Gallery in Florence.

Where is Carrara marble from?

Quarried from the Carrara mountain region in Tuscany, Italy, this marble is well-known for its beautiful white hue and smokey grey veins. It’s these veins which distinguish it from the rest of the marble on the market and has become a highly desired, luxurious material.

Statuario and Calacatta marble are also quarried in the same prestigious region, but slightly differ in appearance.

Calacatta is rarer and whiter with more dramatic veining which results in a more prominent and elegant pattern. Whereas Statuario has more distinctive veining with undertones of gold or grey. These aesthetics make marble a popular interior design choice.

From sculptures to home interiors, it’s no surprise that Carrara marble is currently the most popular material when it comes to luxury worktops. Its natural beauty and symbolism to wealth and luxury have found it being a popular interior design trend that keeps its momentum year after year.

Carrara Quartz vs Marble

Although a beautiful stone, natural marble often lacks the desired durability, especially in busy areas of the house. There is an alternative; Carrara quartz. CRL Stone have developed a Carrara marble effect quartz which has the same stunning appearance as marble, but with the resilience and durability of quartz.

The kitchen is the heart of any home and is often subjected to spills and stains. The natural beauty of Carrara marble though can often be altered due to its durability.

Natural marble can be damaged through everyday spills common in kitchens such as lemon juice, wine and vinegar. Due to their acidic nature these liquids essentially eat away at marble surfaces, leaving a dull mark which can’t be cleaned away.

If you’ve fallen in love with the natural beauty of Carrara, but are unsure on its durability and resilience, then look to quartz. With all the aesthetic advantages of natural Carrara marble, but with minimum maintenance benefits, Carrara quartz worktops are the perfect choice.

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