“Though marble is quarried in many countries, it is closely identified with Italy, where marble formations are spread throughout the land. The most popular variety is white Carrara, which is extracted in the Apuan Alps in north-central Italy. Calacatta and Bardiglio marbles also are from this region, which is considered the most significant Italian region for the types and volume of marble extracted. However, there are many districts famed for other types of marble. Red Verona marble comes from Veneto, Portoro from Liguria, Pietra di Trani from Apulia and Custonaci from Sicily, to name just a few.”
1. Why do architects and designers love marble so much?
“Marble has qualities such as long life, but it’s also a medium to express new shape, color and texture creativity,” says Davide Turrini, researcher and art director at Italian stone company Pibamarmi. Carrara is one of the most valued stones, he says, because it suggests sophistication and is “deeply rooted in history, well-established and universally recognized.”