Marble: Carrara versus Calacatta
Amongst the premium marble tile options for your home are Carrara and Calacatta varieties. What are the differences between the two?
Both of these marbles originate in Italy, with both varieties coming from the Carrara region in Tuscany. Calacatta marble is the rarer variety of the two, and the most prized marble variety on earth. Sculptor Michelangelo favored Calacatta marble for his work.
Overall, the whiter the marble, the more expensive it is. Uniformity in veining also drives the price up. Calacatta is more difficult to match in slabs than is Carrara.
Carrara Marble has fine and soft feathery veining and an overall hue which tends towards a classic grey. It is more subtle than Calacatta, imbibing a room with a clean and sophisticated look. It affords a cooler atmosphere to a space.
Calacatta Marble is whiter and has much larger and more dramatic veining than Carrara marble. The intrinsic patterning in the marble is larger, bolder, and offers more contrast for a result that is luxurious and opulent. It affords a warm atmosphere to a room.
Which marble variety is better? While there is no doubt that Calacatta is more expensive and rarer than Carrara, it is a matter of personal taste and how you want to use it in your home. A marble kitchen backsplash is a great place to start.
Whichever variety you choose, only ever clean your marble with soap and water. Never use vinegar, bleach, or other acidic or strongly alkaline liquids. Always use a chopping board on a marble surface, and be very careful to have your marble backsplash tiles sealed against liquids that will stain.
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