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Marble is a natural stone that is prized for its beauty and durability. It is a metamorphic rock that is formed from the recrystallisation of limestone or dolomite. It is composed mainly of calcium carbonate and is known for its unique veining and colour variations.
Marble has been used for centuries in construction, and it can be found in many of the world’s most famous buildings and landmarks. From the ancient Greek and Roman architecture to the Renaissance masterpieces, marble has been used to create stunning sculptures, floors, and facades.
One of the most appealing characteristics of marble is that it is a natural stone, which makes it unique, and each piece has its own distinct characteristics. The veining and colour variations that are found in it are a result of the natural mineral impurities that are present in the stone.
Marble is a very durable material that is resistant to wear and tear. It can be polished to a high shine, which makes it perfect for use on floors, countertops, and other surfaces that get a lot of use. Marble is also heat resistant and can withstand high temperatures, making it a great choice for use in fireplaces and other applications where heat is present.
Whilst there are newer, more sustainable kitchen worktops available than marble worktops that are harder-wearing on the market these days, nothing has ever really come close to beating the beauty and glamour of natural marble worktops when used in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring projects, wall tiles and exterior cladding.
The limitless appeal of this natural stone has kept it at the forefront of the construction world throughout the ages and despite its relative scarcity, it remains one of the materials of choice for bathroom countertops and kitchen worktops today.
We stock and source a wide range of marble slabs and our team of professional fabricators are experts at creating a beautiful finish and perfect fit when supplying and installing new worktops into kitchens and bathrooms.
It’s an extremely versatile material that can be used in a wide range of design styles, which makes it attractive to lots of different trades. It can be used in contemporary, modern, and traditional designs, and it can be cut and shaped to fit a wide range of spaces. It can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and even outdoor spaces.
In terms of maintenance, marble requires regular cleaning and sealing to protect the surface and to prevent staining. It is also important to use coasters, placemats and trivets to prevent damage to the surface if you’re planning to use it as a worktop.
Marble is a timeless and classic material that has been used in construction for centuries. Its natural beauty and durability make it a great choice for a wide range of applications in both residential and commercial settings. If you’re looking for a material that will stand the test of time, marble is an excellent choice.
When you think of all the surfaces in your home or public building, there is nowhere that cannot be enhanced by the presence of natural marble. Not only does it look great but it is hard wearing, so it is ideal for use on floors, walls and countertops around the home, where you want something that goes beyond the purely decorative and is able to withstand the rigours of daily use.
Take a look at our marble colours for a sample of the exquisite range of products we can offer you in your next project.
The metamorphic process that limestone undergoes to form marble takes place over 1000s of years. What happens is the stone comes into contact with the Earth’s Magma, a boiling hot liquid or in some cases semi-liquid. You’ve probably seen the effects of Magma reacting with water as lava flows from volcanoes and meets the sea. It is a very striking visual and the subject of many a nature documentary, for good reason – it’s a great example of nature’s power. The metamorphic process is similar in its reaction, except it happens beneath your feet, so you don’t get the same sense of violent reaction. As the Magma meets the limestone (or dolostone), it creates this metamorphic reaction that over a long period of time between contact and cooling or calcification, the original stone and any deposits within it become marble.
The impurities in the rock will vary from one location to the next. Very pure marble is white, less purity in the stone produces the different colours you see in marble colours around the world. The characteristic streaks and swirls in marble are a result of different minerals such as clay, sand, silt or iron oxides within the rock that bind together and settle in between layers of the purer limestone. Cream or beige marble is the result of heavier clay levels in the original rock formation, whereas green would tend to indicate a higher presence of serpentine. Red and pink marble are heavier in ramite than others and so on. There is a whole spectrum of colours and they are both a result of mineral purity or impurity as described above, but also a lot of other factors including:
Heat: As the rock is continuously heated at very high temperatures over a long period of time, the heat can alter the mineral structure to produce unique results in colouration, even in the same quarry.
Pressure: As pressure is not uniform underground due to movement and other factors, the resulting alteration throughout metamorphosis produces variations in colour (and other factors such as pattern).
Time: Depending on how long the metamorphosis takes, it can produce varying results as all the different minerals respond and alter until they reach a point of settling.
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Marble slabs are created from blocks of marble that are dug from quarries in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia predominantly as these parts of the world have the highest density of premium grade stone. The marble in these quarries (see Levantina as an example of sustainable mining) is mined into blocks which are then transported around the world for processing into slabs where they are honed or polished into sheets of material around 3m x 2m usually, then transported to fabricators like ourselves for use as marble worktops, fire hearths, bathroom vanities and flooring & wall tiles.
Our worktops, fire hearths, vanities & splash-backs are available in the following beautiful finishes:
Polished: Strong, glossy colours. The natural veins and structure are brought to the fore.
Sensato: a softer, more rustic finish that creates a more subtle, understated look with a tactile feel.
Letano: a softly brushed, rolling surface accentuating the stone’s natural colours that is also tactile.