Since ages, marble has been used in architectural designs and is priced for its beauty and many types as it delivers a one-of-a-kind classic look that can be adapted to any décor. One such extraordinary marble, said to be the finest of all in the world, is Statuario Marble. The mountain quarries of Statuario marble are located above Carrara in Italy and has limited availability and high demand. The low availability of this marble makes it more of a rare find. Extracted in the Carrara area, the Statuario white marble has a bright white background crossed by medium-wide gray veins. Thanks to its unique aesthetic properties, it lifts up the face of any interior project. The Statuario White marble of Carrara region is one of the most precious marbles in the world. Very few materials, in fact, can compete with its transparent sheen and incredibly compact structure.
The main types of this material are the White Statuario Venatino Marble, which has veins in shades of grey of various sizes, and the White Statuario Extra Marble with thin veins. White Statuario is the stone widely used in interior design projects and the physical characteristics of this marble make it suitable for use in environments protected from humidity and environmental factors.
Statuario marble is an ideal stone for indoor applications. This marble variety works well in a large tile format, in the form of countertop slabs, book-matched backsplashes or wall panels. The Statuario marble features are the same white and grey hues found in Carrara, with grey veining similar to that which you’ll find in Calacatta slabs. This marble is bright white in colour, and is pricier and more sought-after marble available on the market. There are also some architects who choose to incorporate the stones into the structures, usually as prominent elements, such as Green House, which practically uses the metallic structure to encapsulate the stones.
PRESTIGIOUS STATUARIO WHITE
Statuario marble is one of the most prized marbles in the world. This is due to a combination of its scarcity, pure white background, beautiful veining and rich history. It contains grey and white hues like most of the other marbles quarried in the Apuan Alps. The thing which sets it apart from other marbles is the purity of its white background and strong grey veining.
Statuario marble was known to the Romans at least as early as 100 BC. Visible traces of excavations can still be seeing in quarries in the Carrara region from this date. Statuario was extremely popular in ancient Rome and has held this popularity into the modern day.
This marble is used in luxurious commercial and residential projects across the globe. Whether it is the USA, Europe, the Middle East or the Far East. The appeal of this prestigious stone is truly universal. Statuario marble is often used to create a book matched effect. This is where two pieces of marble are placed next to each other in a mirror image giving the impression of an opened book (hence the name). Below you can see the beautiful result of book matching two pieces of Statuario marble.
USES OF STATUARIO MARBLE
Statuario marble is unsurprisingly commonly used as a focal point of any room. Most of our clients use it for stunning kitchen countertops and backsplashes or as large floor tiles. Luxury bathrooms are equally good uses for this natural stone, as it’s the perfect material for a vanity area or even as eye-catching floor tiles. Generally speaking, Statuario marble is not a good material for external projects. It’s equally popular with our commercial clients where it can be used as part of a statement reception area or boardroom, in 5-star hotels and can often be seen in religious buildings such as churches.
MAINTANACE OF STATUARIO MARBLE
For general upkeep, marble floors should be cleaned with a dust mop regularly, and surfaces should be wiped with a soft cotton cloth. Statuario marble is considered a luxury stone that should be cleaned with a serious level of caution. Never use harsh chemicals on your marble surfaces. Instead, use water and a small amount of a neutral, mild detergent such as dish detergent, or a soap that is specifically made for stone.
After washing, it is critical to dry marble surfaces with a soft cloth to prevent water stains. Never leave water sitting on marble surfaces.
POLISHING OF STATUARIO MARBLE
The process for properly polishing marble requires experience and special equipment. Trying to polish marble at home could result in grave and costly damages to your surfaces. This is because polishing the surfaces too much, or too little, are equally damaging.
This is a job that is best to leave to specialized servicemen who are trained and experienced in maintaining natural stone surfaces. Professionals have access to polishing machines that are effective and produce impressive results.
Never use cleaners that contain acidic ingredients. Never use abrasive cleaning tools, including sponges or brushes to clean marble surfaces. Never drench the floor with a soaked mop because it will trap water in the surfaces of the marble. Avoid all commercial cleaners. These will eat the surface of the marble.
Avoid oil or wax products coming into contact with marble surfaces. Marble will absorb these, and stains will result. Never leave marble unsealed, this dramatically increases its susceptibility to damages. Never drag boxes, tables, or heavy furniture across marble flooring.
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