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    Touring Italy's Famed Marble Quarries

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The Fantiscritti marble quarry is famous as the location where Michelangelo purchased much of the marble he turned into timeless masterpieces. When visiting Italy, you can tour this quarry. As you approach by car, you may see what appears to be snow on the mountains—however, it’s actually exposed marble in the process of being quarried. On the road to the quarry, take some time to stop at the souvenir shop and viewing platform to watch the quarry workers. Further up the road is a free museum where you can view the tools and techniques used by marble workers for centuries until the advent of machinery capable of mining marble in the mid-1900s. Once you have finished exploring the museum, continue down the road to the town of Colonnata, a traditional lunch stop for many tourists.

    Marble has long been associated with luxurious and elegant décor. At Da Vinci Marble, our purchasers regularly visit Italy to procure the best marble available for sale in our showroom. Check out our website or call (650) 830-0519 to learn more about how you can use marble, granite, or onyx in your next home or office remodeling project.

    From the Runway to Your Living Room: Examining Some Fashion Trends That Are Appearing in Interior Design

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Fashion trends that begin with clothing and accessories often translate into fashionable décor for the home. When building or remodeling your home, you can make use of elements such as tile and natural stone to accessorize each room. Keep reading to discover just a few of the latest fashion trends that have made the crossover into modern interior design. 

    Natural Materials

    One of today’s popular fashion trends is the use of natural and organic materials in clothing and accessories. In the home, this trend translates into the use of natural stone and wood-look tile to create an elegant interior that mirrors the organic forms of nature. Large, irregularly-cut stone tiles, natural stone countertops, and marble or granite slab backsplashes are other ways to incorporate these natural materials into your home’s décor.

    Stacked Stone

    Stacked stone structures inside the home are reminiscent of the chunky jewelry favored by many of today’s fashion designers. This textured surface is a popular design template for indoor and outdoor fireplaces. It is also frequently used to add flair to retaining walls and chimneys. Recently, stacked stone has begun to find its way into the bathroom. Today, interior designers are using stacked stone to cover bathroom walls, shower stalls, and even tub exteriors.

    Stripes and Monochrome Textures

    Stripes are quickly becoming a popular element in both fashionable clothing and fashionable homes. Alternating stripes of colored stone or tile can enhance the look of kitchen walls or create the perfect backsplash to complement counters and cabinets. If stripes don’t appeal to you, monochrome textures can be used to create depth while maintaining a single color palette in any room.

    At Da Vinci Marble, we offer the latest in designer stone and tile for your home or office. You’ll find our beautiful showroom filled with artistic glass, decorative stone, metallic tile, and more. Take a look through our website or call us today at (650) 830-0519 to find out how we can help you create a fashionable, elegant, and comfortable interior space. 

    Cleaning Marble Surfaces

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Marble surfaces are incredibly durable. As with any natural stone surface, however, marble needs to be cleaned regularly so that it stays in pristine condition. Happily, cleaning marble is a simple process that only takes a few minutes to do.

    By watching this video, you will learn how to clean your marble countertops and surfaces. To get started, all you will need is a sponge, a small container filled with warm water, and some dish soap. Once you have these items, follow the steps in the video and your marble surfaces will look as good as new.

    For more information about marble and natural stone countertops, call Da Vinci Marble at (650) 830-0519. We have a large inventory of white marble and quartzite surfaces at our showroom, so visit us today!

    How to Care for Your Natural Stone

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Natural stone countertops and floors can make any room of the house look great. However, if you have stone countertops in your residence, the key to making them last for years it to properly maintain them. For some helpful tips on taking care of your natural stone, continue reading below:

    Clean up Spills

    Natural stone can be easily stained by liquids such as wine and juice. In light of this fact, you should clean up any spills the moment they occur. To do this, gently sop up the spill with a paper towel or soft cloth. Afterwards, pour a small amount of warm water and detergent on the affected area to remove any spill residue. Once this step is complete, soak up the water with a towel.

    Use the Right Cleaning Products

    Some cleaning products contain acids, abrasives, and chemicals that can cause serious damage to natural stone. As a result, before you use any cleaning solution on your stone floors or countertops, you have to make sure that it is designed specifically to be used on natural stone. Usually, this information can be found listed on the side of product bottles and containers. If you have questions about which type of cleaning product to use, talk to a decorative stone supplier in your area.

    Use a Sealer

    One of the best ways you can take care of your natural stone is to have it sealed. While sealers do not completely prevent staining, they do make stone less likely to become stained. In general, impregnators are the best type of sealers to use because they are long-lasting and do not change the appearance of natural stone. However, before you apply any sealer to the natural stone in your home, you should consult a professional.

    At Da Vinci Marble, we have the finest selection of marble, granite, quartzite, and other types of natural stone. Whether you need natural stone tiling for your bathroom or granite countertops for your kitchen, our friendly staff can assist you. To browse our inventory, go to our website or call us at (650) 830-0519 today.

    Retracing the History of Marble

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Marble is a durable and attractive building material. As a result, it should come as no surprise that this rock has been used by many civilizations for centuries to construct some of the most magnificent buildings in the world. In the western world, marble was first used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for sculpting statues and constructing government buildings, temples, and monuments. Because Rome had an expansive territory that stretched across much of Europe and parts of Africa and the Middle East, they were able to import different kinds of marbles to various parts of their empire. In later times, marble was used to adorn churches and palaces built for royalty. In the present day, across much of the world, marble is used in much the same way as it always has been, adorning important buildings and landmarks.

    There are few natural stones that are more luxurious than marble, so if you are interested in purchasing marble countertops for your home, call the experts at Da Vinci Marble. We have a large inventory of natural stone slabs at our showroom, so contact us today at (650) 830-0519.

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