Why Do We Like Marble
Most people are familiar with marble. Nowadays, it is very popular for fireplaces, countertops, bar-tops, and bathrooms. It comes in a wide range of colors. Most marble has veining mineral deposits throughout which make each marble slab unique. The color range and the unique style of this stone make it a wonderful additional to any home or business.
Where The Stone Come From
Marble is a metamorphic stone that forms when limestone is exposed to the heat and pressure. It is composed primarily of the mineral calcite and usually contains other minerals, such as clay minerals, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. The material is generally thought to be from Italy, but in actuality, it is quarried all over the world.
A Brief History
Marble has been used for centuries in just about every possible interior and exterior application. Artists like this medium because the material is relatively soft and easy to work with when first quarried, but it becomes very hard and dense with age. The material is also available in a variety of shades and patterns.
In ancient Mesopotamia, marble was used to create models of animals and figures. Ancient Egyptians used marble to craft figures of pharaohs, gods, and guardians for temples and tombs. During Greece’s Classical Period, artists began to skillfully sculpt beautiful figures and reliefs that showed an amazing attention to detail. In ancient Rome, artists carved realistic portraits of people—including political leaders, military officials, and historians—from the chest or neck up. In ancient Rome and Greece, the material was also used to build a variety of structures including massive pillars.
Today, the stone is used to make modern buildings, floors, walls, and countertops. Tumbled marble has become extremely popular in the United States in the last few years for backsplashes, flooring and shower areas.
Marble countertops add elegance to any kitchen. The material is long-lasting and very durable. Furthermore, the material is heat resistant, which means it stands up to hot pots and pans in the kitchen. The stone comes in a variety of colors so you should find the right stone that will fit in with your existing decor.
Since marble is a kind of limestone, DO NOT USE vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or other general purpose cleaners. They are too harsh (acidic or caustic) and will definitely damage your marble countertop.