Natural marble tiles are formed from stone, sized and cut and then polished on one side to create a uniform surface and thickness. No two tiles are ever alike and patterns and tones can vary immensely.
Carrara and Calacutta are the most popular stones and are both quarried from the city of Carrara in Tuscany, Italy.
The marble from Carrara was used for some of the most remarkable buildings in Ancient Rome such as the Pantheon.
Carrara and Calacutta stone are often mixed up as they are so similar in appearance. Carrara tends to have a white background with light (sometimes dark) grey veining.
Calacutta has a white background but with grey and golden tones and veining.
The sophistication and sheer luxe beauty of natural marble can not be understated. It is soft and warm to the touch and makes ordinary spaces into something special despite its occasional imperfections.
Care and maintenance are imperative for natural stone especially if you want to keep tiles looking clean and new. Sealing must be applied once tiles are installed and preferably repeated once or twice a year depending on where tiles are located and the amount of traffic involved. However, it is important to understand that sealing does not fully protect your tiles from staining. Spills and accidents must be cleaned immediately as some harsh products (especially in the bathroom and kitchen) can penetrate the stone and cause staining.
If the maintenance involved in caring for your natural stone tiles seems like too much hard work, porcelain tiles that simulate natural marble are your perfect alternative.