White Marble

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The magnificent white marble: the marble par excellence as well as the most requested marble in the world since ancient times. The use of white marble for the construction of monuments, architectural and artistic works such as statues and sculptures has a very ancient history. The maximum splendor of white marble is undoubtedly represented by the classical and Roman era; however, its splendor has not waned but has continued to assert itself with vigor even throughout the Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance period. The intrinsic brightness of white marble and the easy workability due to its unique texture have made it the material of choice for the greatest artists in the history of art such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini and Canova. However, white marble is not only the very famous white Carrara marble but there are actually many types of white marble which differ in color gradation, brightness, presence of intrusions, veins and other characteristics of the white marble texture.

Characteristics and Types of White Marble

white marble interior designWhite marbles are part of the family of metamorphic rocks and are mostly made up of calcium carbonate. Precisely because the color of each marble is due to the presence of mineral impurities, white marbles are in fact the result of the metamorphization of calcareous rocks devoid of any impurities. White marbles are generally characterized by a light background that can range from pearly white to gray (or milky white and ivory) jagged by more or less dark gray veins and other intrusions such as pigmentation and clouding. All these characteristics put together create a real classification among all types of white marble: just think of the many varieties that exist of the famous Calacatta white marble!

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Historical Background of White Marble Stone

White marble is a natural stone extracted since ancient times: its quarries date back to the third century BC in Greece and to the first century in Italy. White marble has therefore been used for centuries for the creation of historical monuments, sculptures and architectural structures such as temples, mosques and churches. The opulent appearance of white marble as well as its ability to support immense weights have made it a privileged choice for builders who have used it with great success both indoors and outdoors. Think for example of amazing buildings such as the Taj Mahal made of Makrana white marble or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in Yule white marble or in the Pantheon in Rome in Pentelic white marble from Greece.
But when it comes to white marble, our mind immediately turns to the quarrying basin of the Apuan Alps and in particular to white Carrara marble, the white marble par excellence. Michelangelo Buonarroti was undoubtedly the artist who most made Carrara white marble famous thanks to his sculptures known throughout the world such as David, the Pietà or Moses. Michelangelo was so obsessed with white marble that he often left for Carrara to personally select the block from which he would have to sculpt the client’s work.

White Marble in Interior Design

white marble living roomNowadays, white marble is widely used in furniture and interior design for applications that are also very different from each other. White marble, due to its unique chromatic characteristics, is able to enhance qualities such as freshness, cleanliness and purity. When placed in a context, white marble tends to immediately give space and light, making the space airier and shinier.
White marble turns out to be a winning solution in small and limited spaces such as bathrooms, closets and kitchens precisely because of its quality of making the rooms it adorns more voluminous and brilliant.
Finally, white marble is a material that successfully combines with many other materials used in interior design based on the mood you want to create: shiny metal, wood or the same marble but in other colors such as black marble (e.g. to create chiaroscuro contrasts).

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