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Carrara Marble

Get to know the world's most famous marble on a personal level!

Carrara marble is a type of white or greyish marble of high quality, It is quarried in the city of Carrara, Italy.

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome and it was called the "Luni marble". In the 17th and 18th centuries.

According to a New York Times article of 1894, workers in the marble quarries were among the most neglected laborer's in Italy. Many of them were ex-convicts or fugitives from justice. The work at the quarries was so tough and arduous that almost any aspirant worker with sufficient muscle and endurance was employed, regardless of their background.

Perhaps the most common marble used in the world for projects of all sizes!

Marble Arch, London

Some famous projects Carrara has been used for:

- Michaelangeo's David

- The Pantheon

- Marble Arch, London

- Amoco Building right here in Chicago

The quarry continues to remove and ship up to a million tons a year.

Carrara comes in all forms, from really white background to a greyish leading to different classifications, price point, and availability. Keep this in mind for always wanting a true white carrara, a true price will come with it.

The following colors also come from the Carrara quarry; Bianco Venatino and Statuarietto are by far the most common types with more expensive exotic variations such as Calacatta Gold, Calacatta Borghini, Arabescato Cervaiole and Arabescato Vagli quarried throughout the Carrara area. Check out our current stock for a full selection of this materials!

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