Marble is a type of metamorphic rock formed by Marble when subjected to high temperatures and pressures over thousands of years, resulting in a stone capable of taking a high glossy polish. This ageless material is the basis of architectural wonders, artistic masterpieces and beautiful enduring living spaces.
Marble is made of more than 90% calcite (calcium carbonate). But it’s the remaining percentage of “impurities” that grant the many different varieties their peculiar colors and characteristics. Marble can be translucent, white, brown, red, green, black and grey. It can have a uniform color and texture or have spots, swirls or veins.
Although common to cultures and techniques all around the world, marble must be found and extracted from nature. Sometimes marble is hidden in irregular agglomerations encrusted into the mountainside in uneven deposits or elusive veins. And occasionally marble forms the heart of Entire Mountain.
One of the principal properties of marble is its ability to achieve a natural glasslike polish without the need of waxes or other chemical compounds. Marble is polished by abrasion until it reaches its natural glossy luster. And as long as it is well cared for, this luxurious finish can last for centuries.
Famous monuments all over the world like the Taj Mahal in India have been built with marble. Marble was the basis of Greek architecture and was the principal building material for the Parthenon and the Acropolis.
Marble is one of the most versatile materials discovered by man. Its elegance and durability make it a prime choice for many and varied uses. However, the three principal uses of marble are construction, interior decoration and sculpture.
As a construction material marble fits in perfectly in modern building designs due to its clean ascetically pleasing architectonic style. It combines well with ceramics, wood and other common construction materials. Marble is very durable, and can be used in high traffic areas like staircases and hallways. Marble is easy to use, clean and maintain. Marble tiles can be applied over almost any surface. They can be cut to fit specific measurements and if well applied are perfectly adaptable to humid environments.
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