Although it was once only for the privileged, marble is now a beautiful, practical, and affordable option for anyone’s home or business. Marble adds prestige to a structure like no other material. Marble can be chosen for all kitchen and bar countertops, bathroom vanities, backsplashes, shower and spa areas, floors, foyers, fireplaces, walls, windowsills, wainscot, and furniture. Marble is well-suited for wet areas, easy to maintain, and an extremely hygienic surface.
When polished, marble is positively brilliant. In fact, The English word “marble” is rooted in ancient Greek words meaning “shining stone” or “to sparkle” or “to gleam.” Marble has been used since ancient times to build some of the world’s most magnificent structures, many of which still stand today as testaments to marble’s durability. A symbol of grandeur and refinement, marble was the medium of choice for ancient Greek and Roman architects and sculptors. For example, the Parthenon, built with marble 2,500 years ago as a tribute to the goddess Athena, still attracts historians and tourists from around the world. The Venus de Milo, created between 100 and 130 B.C., was sculpted from marble. In the 17th century, marble was the mainstay in the building of the majestic Taj Mahal.
Marble is essentially limestone—calcium carbonate that has, over a great period of time, undergone metamorphism, or the recrystallization of already-solid rock, amid the heat and pressure of the earth’s crust. Marble comes in many forms. At its purest, marble is white. It’s the impurities that occur naturally in marble, however, that provide marble’s unique characteristics, such as countless colors and random patterns.
Marble is found in mountainous regions throughout the world. Much of it is quarried in India, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the United States. Much of the marble originating in the United States is quarried in Vermont.