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Marble

The enduring beauty of marble has been appreciated throughout the millennia, its name coming from the Greek for “gleam”. Some Mediterranean quarries have been producing marble ever since.

Marble is a metamorphic rock swirled or clouded with colour, but calcite and dolomite marbles, for example, are pure white. Its unique texture derives from the size and uniformity of the grains within it, its special colours due to the various elements and compounds it contains.

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marble – prized by civilisations and

still at home today

This brecciation is a part of marble’s appeal – rocks recrystallised under intense heat and pressure being created at its most natural. Its luxurious appearance and cool touch make it an ever popular choice and the perfect material for bathrooms and living areas. Though less durable and more porous than granite, and more easily scratched or stained, some clients freely use it in higher maintenance areas such as kitchens.

Limestone is also ideal for today’s more casual and comfortable environments, its beige and tan colours suitable for bathrooms, fireplaces, counters and floors. It is a sedimentary rock formed as organic matter settles to the bottom of lakes and seas over millions of years, the sediment hardened by chemical reactions into solid stone.

Travertine, meanwhile results from hot spring water penetrating underground limestone to leave behind layers of dissolved minerals, hence its banded appearance. Generally light-coloured beiges and tans, travertine stones are used for floors, walls, countertops and outside as cladding and pavement. It is normally filled with grout before it is honed or polished, producing a uniform surfaces more like other marbles. Unfilled travertine is also quite beautiful, and is often used for external cladding on buildings.

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