Marvel At Marble

Marble worktops are always a popular choice, they ooze decadence and have a finish that cannot be mistake for anything else.

It is a stone that comes with a reputation of luxury and is always in demand by the home designers of the rich and famous.

It is an interesting stone with a rich heritage and some pretty interesting facts that you probably didn’t know.

Limestone Derivative

Marble is actually a form of limestone.

In order to create the marble we all know is has to be crystallised.

This process involves using extreme heat to compress and then solidify the new product.

The results is marble.

The most pure marble can be identified because it will be a crisp white colour.

Deposits of clay and other minerals change the pigments and colours of the marble.

This creates a range of different colours which is another reason it is so desirable.

Marble can come in yellow, pink or even black.

If you have looked at marble close up you will have noticed that many strains have a patterning or, as it is officially called, a veining.

Marble is often presented as a shiny polished finish, and the polishing process will enhance the veins and therefore the overall beauty of the stone.

Marble can be likened to snowflakes, in that now two pieces are ever identical because of this colour changing and veining effect.

Great in Building

In Ancient Greece and Rome you would have seen lots of buildings constructed from marble.

This is obviously because of the aesthetic appeal but also due to the fact that it is a softer stone that can be worked with easily.

Although the buildings of the ancient world have not survived to modern times, other famous structures still stand, and are also made with marble.

The most famous three examples being The Parthenon, The Taj Mahal and The Washington Monument.

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It has been favoured as a medium for sculptures because it is a naturally porous material, which means it is softer to carve and work with.

Obviously this comes wth a degree of risk as it is easier than some materials to damage.

Being porous means you can accidentally stain marble and of course it can be scratched more easily.

However, on the upside sculptors can get a more detailed finish on their work.

In Demand at Home

In the homes marble is still much in demand, but obviously not suitable for every use.

However, as well as worktops, marble is used in bathtubs and sinks, making a really opulent bathroom area.

It has gained popularity as a fireplace surround, and exquisite carvings create some real statement pieces that draw the eye to the fire in the room.

Whilst it is not used so much in building now, marble remains a material of choice for many sculptors even today, however now the pieces are created and sold as works of art for the home.

With such a range of colour, and the natural uniqueness of the product it is no surprise it continues to be a widely popular choice.