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    A Look at How Italian Marble is Made

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If you’ve ever examined the beautiful details of white Italian marble, you might be intrigued by this video that shows how this stone is made. The video gives dramatic views of the huge quarry from which marble is extracted. Workers guide machines to cut large blocks of marble out of the rock face. Then, the blocks are moved to a factory where the marble can be cut into smaller sheets for various uses.

    Da Vinci Marble in San Carlos has a wide variety of this exquisite, luxury material. If you’re considering white Italian marble for your next remodeling project, please give us a call at (650) 830-0519. Our friendly staff and expert stonemasters can help you select just the right material for your space. 

    Add Italian Flair to Your Kitchen with White Marble Countertops

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Keeping a simple color palette in your kitchen is smart approach to decorating. Neutral choices like black, white, and gray will always look fantastic in the presence of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other good things you work with on a daily basis. However, you probably still want the kitchen to have personality and reflect your tastes. Choosing white marble countertops adds Italian flare to any kitchen.

    Authentic Material

    When you get your white marble countertops from Da Vinci Marble, you can be confident that they’ll lend Italian flare to your space because they’re a truly authentic product. Carrera (or Carrara) marble comes from the region of Tuscany in Italy. It was perhaps most famously used as the material for Michelangelo’s “David,” as well as countless impressive constructions all over the world. It has distinctively subtle blue-gray veins. Calacata (or Calacatta) marble is whiter and has thicker, less linear veining. It’s more rare that Carrera. Both are considered to be luxury stones.

    Inherent Beauty

    With white marble countertops, you get a product that’s both neutral and dynamic. Because the color you perceive is mostly white, it adds a sense of cleanliness and purity to a kitchen. You might find a minimalist palette soothing, and white marble looks exquisite when paired with other whites. More dynamic than a flat white, marble’s inherent veining adds richness and interest. There’s no repetition, just understated, baroque complexity.

    Italian Flare

    White marble countertops work well with other characteristic features of Italian décor. For instance, the subtle gold tones of Calacata marble harmonize with copper accessories. Natural light punctuates the gorgeous veining. Indoor greenery like topiaries sparkle against a clean, white backdrop, as do lemons, herbs, tomatoes and other fresh staples of Italian cuisine. Plus, whether your spin is contemporary or traditional, marble will suit your space.

    If you’ve decided to update your kitchen and you live in the San Mateo or San Jose area, give the helpful experts at Da Vinci Marble a call. Our number is (650) 830-0519 and we can provide suggestions for white marble products, as well as granite slabs and decorative stone.

    Tips for Choosing Your Kitchen Colors

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Color choice can greatly influence your mood, energy level, and creativity. When choosing colors for a kitchen, consider a hue that will complement the bright range of colors of the fruits and vegetables you will be working with every day.

    This video offers some helpful tips for choosing kitchen colors. Natural colors such as sage green and taupe grey make excellent backdrops for many meals. Natural stone countertops and floors can also create a perfect setting to draw attention to foods rather than the actual kitchen itself.

    Da Vinci Marble offers the finest natural stone tiles and slabs in the San Francisco Bay Area. We invite you to explore our selection of granite, marble, limestone, and more by visiting our showroom and speaking with our stone and tile specialists. Click through our website or call (650) 830-0519 to learn more

    Exploring the History of Carrara and Calacatta Marble

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Marble is a form of limestone that typically appears white with colored veins. This natural stone is prized both for use in sculptures or monuments and in homes as countertops and flooring material. Carrara marble and Calacatta marble are two types of marble that originate in Italy and feature a white color with grey veining.

    Carrara Marble

    Carrara marble often contains more grey than Calacatta marble. Its veining is softer, thinner, and appears in a more linear pattern. This type of marble is often used to offset other surfaces that are a brighter, purer white. Carrara marble is only found in quarries in the coastal city of Carrara, Italy. The name Carrara itself is believed to come from the word “Kar,” an ancient term for stone. This stunning marble was used in ancient times by the Romans to construct structures such as the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column. Carrara marble was quarried and brought to Rome via a system of ships and wagons. Many of the Renaissance’s great sculptors also used Carrara marble to create their masterpieces.

    Calacatta Marble

    In contrast to Carrara marble, Calacatta marble is a bolder shade of white with more pronounced grey veining. Calacatta marble’s veins are larger, broader, and have a more curved, random distribution than that of Carrara marble. It is also found in the Carrara region of Italy, but is considered distinct from Carrara marble due to its aesthetic differences. The great artist Michelangelo was one of the first people to discover and use Calacatta marble. Ever since, Calacatta marble has been considered one of the most high-end marbles available and has been synonymous with beauty, elegance, and luxury.

    Are you looking to incorporate marble into your home or office? At Da Vinci Marble, we proudly offer some of the most sought after slabs of marble on the market in the United States today. Call us at (650) 830-0519 or visit our San Carlos showroom to explore our selection of marble, granite, onyx, quartzite, and more. 

    Touring Italy's Famed Marble Quarries

    Last updated 9 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.

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