Types of Carrara Marble from Ordinary white to dark Bardiglio.
When it comes to Carrara marble often imagines a single variety of stone; we usually recognize only the white Statuario and the Ordinary white marble.
Actually, from the mountains of Carrara, are extracting different types of marble, with characteristics of chemical structure and color variations.
The main types are:
It’s the more extracted quality of marble in Carrara quarries, representing more than 50% of production. It is recognized from the color of the white background and by the limited amount of veining.
The production of statuary is much lower than the ordinary white and is around 5%. The grain of this variety is very fine, with a white color tending to ivory. The veins are very few or absent. In the presence of found more pronounced veining of Statuario, we are talking about Statuario Venato.
The background color and texture are always those of white statuary, with a few centimeters wide veins that chromatically can vary from light gray to pale yellow, sometimes greenish. It’s one of the rarest and precious kinds of marble.
It’s similar to ordinary white for the background color, has more veining oriented in a preferred direction (toward the spot).
There are not many Arabescato marbles extracted in Carrara’s quarries. The background is white, the veins are usually light grey, and tend to be intertwined. In some varieties, such as “BROUILLE“, the plot is so thick as to highlight the white background in a particular way.
This marble is very valuable and produced in very limited quantities. The background color is white to yellowish. The grain is fine or medium-fine grain, not often present, are usually very thin and gray-yellowish.
In Carrara’s quarryes are not only extract white marble, as well as darker, such as Bardiglio and Nuvolato Apuano. The extraction of these type is very low, at around 3% compared to total production.
The Bardiglio has a grey color background, with dark grey veins very pronounced and irregular interlaced.
The Nuvolato Apuano have also a grey color, but the veins are much more light and usually oriented in a single direction.
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