Marbles of Italy: An insightful guide

Whenever one begins to think of flooring, the first thing that pops up in our mind is the gracious Italian Marble. Marble floors themselves are a classic pick. Regarded as one of the finest and most luxurious of all stone floorings, the marble has a unique and timeless quality to it that it can uplift the aesthetic of any space simply through its presence which makes it a widely utilized choice. It’s use expands much beyond the radius of just flooring to multiple uses across designs. 

Marble is a material that is rarely found while being such a classy pick justifying the love it gets. Italian marbles in particular garner a lot of attention and appreciation. Why is that? Because Italy, the origin point of marble flooring is also one of the finest producers of the material. Italian marble is known to be of the finest quality and rather sought after by consumers and designers across the globe. 

While making a choice, most of what we know is the typical white and black marble pattern and that it is a stone of impeccable quality. However, there is a lot more to be known of the Italian marble, its merit and its versatility. 

Here’s all you need to know about the great Italian marble: 

WHAT MAKES ITALIAN MARBLE SPECIAL? 

 

Marble itself is a rare stone, it is formed by a very intense limestone metamorphosis which creates the gorgeous stone so well loved. While the material itself is known for its bespoke beauty, Italian marbles in particular are held in the highest of regards.

This is primarily due to their purity. Italian marble has one the purest and most delicate formations. Not only is it gorgeous but is also a lot lighter than any marble variant. Its delicate quality is what makes it easier to carve and create with it. While being extremely beautiful and creatively fluid, Italian marble also has the tenacity that is much needed for a material of such varied use.

A testament to its strength is the fact that sculptures built from carved italian marble, as early as the 16th century stand strong to this day. Not to forget, Italian marbles offer a trailblazing amount of variety that gives one the opportunity to find a piece that is truly ideal for their design.

From different colors, to textural and pattern variabilities, each slab has a unique identity of its own which makes it a stellar pick. When one usually thinks of marble, the image that pops up is rather simplistic. However, marbles offer a lot more. 

Here’s a look at some of the most unique of Italian marbles that are stunning and worth including in your designs:  

MARMO ROSSO VERONA 

 

Marmo Rosso Verona or Red Verona marble is one of the exquisite varieties of Italian marbles that exist. Taking its name from the region it hails from i.e. Verona, The Rosso verona marble is a northern italy speciality. This variant is considered as one of the most supreme forms of red marble.

The Rosso verona has a bright red hue to it with a brown undertone that gives it a very rustic yet bold look. It can also be found in red to pinkish hues as the minerals that form it may vary in quantities altering its look. The stone has hues of light and dark scattered around it in round patterns with a rather unique look.

The Rosso verona is a great pick if someone wishes to ditch the quintessential route and opt for something unique. This marble can work especially well if one is going for a more natural or even vintage charm as it hues complement the rustic element just right. 

NERO PORTORO 

 

Nero portoro is yet another magnificent marble hailing from Italy, specifically from the La Spezia region. The Nero portoro is a bold stone in a dark black hue with veins of light to yellow gold running through it.

This marble is the perfect manifestation of the blakc and gold pairing that is rather well appreciated in interior design. Against a deep black backdrop, runs a combination of thick and fine gold toned veins that give it a luster. The stone itself is something straight out of  a luxury catalog and has been much regarded for its beauty.

The gold accent further ups the luxe factor of this variant of marble which has made it a rather popular pick. The nero portoro can work particularly well as an eye-catching feature in just about any space.

With each slab carrying a unique pattern of its own, the nero portoro put together looks nothing short of an art piece signifying luxury. 

GIALLO REALE 

 

The Giallo Reale marble is an Italian speciality in the sense that it exclusively hails from there. The Giallo Reale is one of a kind, a simple yet breathtaking marble. It primarily has strong gold and yellow hues that make it pop and bright.

Further, the marble gets its depth and definition through extremely fine veins and flecks of light browns and pinks flowing through it. The overall stone has a very minimal pattern while the color of it makes it truly stand out. While actually sourcing the stone and its finish is rather a tedious task, the finish of this marble is rather flawless and radiant.

The build of the stone is durable enough while also absorbing very little moisture making it a witty pick. It’s bright yet subdued color palette makes it a versatile choice that can make any spot in your home glisten like sunlight. 

DARK EMPERADOR

 

Next up on the list is the timeless and oh-so-stunning Dark Emperador marble. The dark emperador marble is one of the most popular variants, especially in India. The reason? It's a beautiful and unique marble with a rather bold color.

The Dark emperador marble is a deep brown base with a rather beautiful vein pattern running through it. The brown color of the stone is rather unmissable and shines through. The veins span across the surface of the marble in a web-like pattern. The vein’s vary from a faint white to a yellowish undertone.

As the bold color gives an eye catching look, the light vein texture helps give it definition in a subtle way. The stone is so grand and stunning that it can help give any space a unique look.

Be it an office floor, or bathroom interior, the dark emperador can shine anywhere. Pair it with war, lighting, and watch the stone gleam of beauty in your space. 

CIPOLLINO ONDULATO 

 

Coming from the ever gorgeous Tuscany, Italy, the Cipollino Ondulato marble is a class apart. The Cippolino Ondualto’s look is completely different from most marble patterns. Unlike veins or radial patterns, this marble has a wavy pattern across it with a lot of different colors that fit together just right.

The marble has a unique swirl of deep maroon, brown, green, cream and beige and black across it. At a glance, a slab of Cipollino Ondulato can literally be mistaken for an abstract painting. The combination of so many different colors works together just right to give it an edgy and quirky look while maintaining a neat look.

The cipollino ondulato is especially a great pick if you are looking to give a bit of flair or character to the space. The pattern of the cipollino marble is simply magnificent and can be the center of attention in any space easily. 


Summing up, the world of Italian marbles spans longer than one can imagine. Italy’s marble is a trailblazer not just in terms of the quality and finesses of their marbles, but also has a large portfolio of varieties, each so different and unique from each other. Italian marbles variety and beauty make them a great choice to throw into your designs to jazz it up with ease. Check out the above variants and more to unlock the true potential of the marble stone.



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