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Acqua Marina – 19211
Alma Grey – 40039
Andromeda White – 565
Andromeda White – 567
Angola Black – 39172
Arabescato Cervaiole – 78
Arabescato Corchia – 16707
Arabescato Orobico – 3893
Arabescato Vagli – 14660
Arabescato Vagli – 16399
Arabescato Vagli – 8967
Aran White – 23671
Astoria – 182
Atlantic Stone – 2026
Atlantic Stone – 42499
Avalanche – 6311
Azul Bahia – 112
Azul Imperial – 385
Azul Louro – 5203
Azul Macaubas – 32035
Azul Platino – 39119
Baltic Brown – 38447
Belgian Black – 1446
Belgian Fossil – 11896
Belize -14370
Belvedere – 39661
Belvedere – 4071
Bianco Macaubas – 14339
Bianco Macaubas – 24398
Bianco Macaubas – A616
Bianco Macaubus – 14036
Bianco V – 29777
Black Forest – 3103
Blackwood – 142
Blue De Savoie – 1193
Botticino Fiorito – 103
Botticino Fiorito – 9383
Breccia Supreme – 556
Breccia Vagli – 1223
Brown Silk – 14220
Calacatta Michaelangelo – 11225
Calacatta Michaelangelo – 8289
Calacatta Oro – 10607
Calacatta Oro – 10754
Calacatta Oro – 295
Calacatta Oro – 353
Calacatta Oro – 5221
Calacatta Oro – 9324
Calacatta Portugal – A75
Calacatta Vagli – 5253
Calacatta Vagli – 795
Calacatta Verde – 5202
Calacatta Viola – 17271
Calacatta Viola – 5219
Carrara – 1520
Carrara – 15361
Carrara – 15361
Carrara – 15663
Carrara – 16016
Carrara – 16441
Carrara – 168543
Carrara – 19718
Carrara – 19743
Carrara – 20434
Carrara – 20435
Carrara – 20467
Carrara – 23757
Carrara – 341
Carrara – 458
Carrara – 459
Carrara – 48781
Carrara – 5363
Carrara – 5557
Carrara – 757
Colonial Gold – 1965
Colonial Gold – 2783
Colonial White – 170
Colonial White – 528
Confusion – 300
Confusion – 97
Copenhagen – 38175
Cosmic Black – 39566
Crema Evora – 5204
Crema Evora – 5204
Crema Marfil – 770
Cristallo – 8885
Crystal Blue – 5201
Dakota Mahogany – 37601
Diamond Fall – 388
Dove Nuvolato – 15600
Duke White – 40193
Duke White – 40339
Elegant Grey – 428
Elegante Grey – 398
Elegante Grey – 746
Emperador – 531
Emperador – 532
Eramosa Crosscut – 11952
Fior Di Bosco – 50139
Fusion Blue – 322
Fusion Fire – 14798
Fusion Wow Light – 578
Galaxy – 1282
Galaxy – 6523
Ghibli – 98
Grey Marquina – B132
Grigio Billiemi – 101
Grigio Carnico – 6457
Gris Pulpis – 5219
Gris Versilia – 3627
Himalayan White – 191
Ivory Fantasy – 3099
Jade – 207
Juparana Bordeaux – 41718
Juparana Rio – 3759
Jura Blue Grey – 263
Labradorite Bianca – 40719
Lemon Spice – 3083
Lilac – 953
London White – 40340
Luana Multicolour – 1188
Luna Pearl – 39878
LUNDHS Antique – 589
LUNDHS Blue – 51
LUNDHS Royal – 1891
LUNDHS Royal – 43268
Magma Gold – 47703
Majestic Brown – 8857
Marinace Aquarius – 3104
Marinace Aquarius – 3104
Marinace Black and Gold – 31143
Marinace Black and White – 24958
Marinace Rosso – 19417
Marinace Verde – 38743
Marron Imperial – 484
Marron Imperial – 488
Marron Imperial – 842
Meteorus – 382
Moleanos – 1290
Moleanos Fine Grain – 530
Mosaikus – 14700
Nero Portoro – 1246
Nero Portoro – 365
Noir St. Laurent – 4194
Noir St. Laurent – 5305
Nuvola – 1408
Olive Green – 39110
Onyx Cappucino – 501
Onyx Silver – 403
Onyx Smeraldo – 6247
Opera DArte – 10401
Pakistan Black and Gold – 13583
Palissandro Classico – 1105
Palissandro Nuvolato – 5135
Panda White – 4292
Panna Fragola – 1400
Pentelicon – 170
Pietra Del Cardosa – 2285
Pietra Del Cardosa – 48427
Pietra Piasentina – 1066
Piracema – 25057
Piracema – 3921
Piracema – A219
Radianz Quartz – Acacia – AC711
Radianz Quartz – Adirondak Birch – AB144
Radianz Quartz – Aleutian White – AW130
Radianz Quartz – Antigua Beach – AN230
Radianz Quartz – Aster – AS955
Radianz Quartz – Bristol Beige – BB227
Radianz Quartz – Columbia Grey – CG910
Radianz Quartz – Denali Cloud – DC155
Radianz Quartz – Diamond White – DW105
Radianz Quartz – Eiger Slope – ES355
Radianz Quartz – Elbrus Boulder – EB866
Radianz Quartz – Everest White – EW120
Radianz Quartz – Gentle Grey – GC900
Radianz Quartz – Gold Canyon Grey – GC950
Radianz Quartz – Imperial Grey – IG910
Radianz Quartz – Juniper – JU155
Radianz Quartz – Kauai Cream – KC213
Radianz Quartz – Kunlun Ink – KI992
Radianz Quartz – Lucern Lake – LL195
Radianz Quartz – Makalu Silver – MS720
Radianz Quartz – Mauna Loa Black – MB990
Radianz Quartz – Milan Macchiato – MM357
Radianz Quartz – Mirama Bronze – MI780
Radianz Quartz – Mont Blanc Snow – MS141
Radianz Quartz – Napoli Beige – NB278
Radianz Quartz – Olympus Peak – OP733
Radianz Quartz – Orion – OR722
Radianz Quartz – Rio – RI177
Radianz Quartz – Saltoro Cliff – SC235
Radianz Quartz – Sierra Bedrock – SB744
Radianz Quartz – St. Helens White – SH145
Radianz Quartz – Toluca Sand – TS495
Radianz Quartz – Ural Grey – UG950
Radianz Quartz – Verona Verde – VV254
Rainforest Green – 3129
Rosso Bilbao – B153/13
Rosso Levanto – 977
Rosso Luana – 1477
Royal Blue – 40
Sapien Stone – Arabescato
Sapien Stone – Basalt Black
Sapien Stone – Basalt Cream
Sapien Stone – Bianco Lasa
Sapien Stone – Bright Onyx
Sapien Stone – Brown Earth
Sapien Stone – Calacatta
Sapien Stone – Calacatta Statuario
Sapien Stone – Grey Earth
Sapien Stone – Light Earth
Sapien Stone – Malm Black
Sapien Stone – Malm Grey
Sapien Stone – Pietra Grey
Sapien Stone – Premium White
Sapien Stone – Sand Earth
Sapien Stone – Uni Ice
Sapien Stone – Urban Antracite
Sapien Stone – Urban Argento
Shiwakashi – 521
Silver Wave – 4052
St. Hubert – 943
Statuary – 13339
Statuary – 15500
Statuary – 22596
Statuary – 4395
Statuary – 52412
Statuary – 52416
Statuary – 8416
Statuary – 846
Statuary – 9127
Statuary – 9127
Statuary – 9569
Steel Grey – 945
Stonethica – Carrara Mix – 5200
Stonethica – Pietra Cardoso – 5210
Striato Olympo – 388
Super White – 10961
Super White – 15043
Super White – 25411
Taj Mahal – 39086
Terra Bianca – 185
Terra Bianca – 3225
Terra Bianca – 3303
Teton Beige – TE215
Thunder White – 1162
Travertine Silver – 732
Tropical Black – 13912
Typhoon Green – 24112
Ubatuba – 40006
Valley White – 23732
Valley White – B131
Verde Cristina – 692
Verde Fantastico – 120
Verde Lapponia – 42133
Verde Luana – 694
Verde Marina – 933
Verde Savannah – 39001
Verde St. Denis – 4948
Verde Tinos – 3166
Verde Tinos – 3518
Visag Blue – 1346
Volakas – 5374
Volga Blue – 39619
Volga Blue – 39619
White Beauty – 229
White Ice – 14578
Whitewood – 644
Wild West – 27209

Italian White Marble

So…what’s the difference? why are certain marbles worth more than others? why can I use some marble in a bathroom but not in a kitchen?

To tie in with our ‘History of Gerald Culliford Ltd’ articles we thought we would continue with some information about the White Marbles of Carrara and our philosophy in buying these marbles.

Carrara the region of Italy that has for centuries been the hub of the most prestigious and luxurious white marbles used all around the world.

Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the marble quarries were monitored by the Cybo and Malaspina families who ruled over Massa and Carrara. The family created the “Office of Marble” in 1564 to regulate the marble quarrying industry.

By the end of the 19th century, Carrara had become a cradle of anarchism in Italy, in particular among the quarry workers. According to a New York Times article of 1894, workers in the marble quarries were among the most neglected labourers in Italy.

Modern day Carrara is much different, much safer and more regulated. Today it is responsible in providing us with various grades of Carrara Marble (Once known as Sicilian). Arabescato Corchia and VagliCalacatta OroBorghiniMichelangelo and not forgetting Statuary (Statuario).

Below you can see a photo of one of the Carrara quarries where we select the blocks that are bought here to the UK

At Gerald Culliford Ltd. we pride ourselves on our ability to select the finest blocks of these white marbles, purchasing these particular materials is a personal thing to our directors, an interesting combination of technical and artistic skill that have been finessed over generations that make us the number one authority in the buying of high quality marble in the UK.

So…what’s the difference? why are certain marbles worth more than others? why can I use some marble in a bathroom but not in a kitchen? Well the following should give you a better understanding of these materials and why Gerald Culliford Ltd. are the leaders in our industry when it comes to holding the best selection of these truly magnificent marbles.

Carrara Marble has been the industries biggest seller for many years and is normally graded by C, CD and D/Commercial (High, Medium & Low) mostly based on its looks rather than the integrity of the material. The grading can be quite subjective, but in general the whiter the background and more evenly balanced the veinig, the better the block.

Carrara marble is the most prolific marble being produced out of all the quarries in the Massa area so being more readily available the price is at the lower end of the spectrum, although it does have a big range due to it being available in construction grade right the way up to very clean whiter backgrounds, often these blocks can be named Carrara Extra orStatuarietto (Veinato) which usually means the quarry owner can sell the blocks for a high value as they have the attributes of Statuary marble which is considered to be the purest form of Carrara marble (the cream of the crop)

Arabescato marble is a classic look mostly used in high end bathrooms, it’s most common types are Arabescato Corchiaand Arabescato Vagli. There are many other versions available but these two are generally held in stock and more readily available They are also normally available in larger size blocks and still reasonably affordable on the scale of price to be able to get in 3cm thick slabs suitable to use in the kitchen environment. 3cm slab can be around the same price as the Brazilian Quartzitesthat are available on the market.

Arabescato Corchia (Pictured below) tends to have a whiter background and darker blue/grey veining with more defined oval egg shapes in the patterning.

Arabescato Vagli (Pictured Below) has a creamier background and has much lighter grey heathery veining giving it an overall softer look which suits more pastel colours.

Calacatta marble has a unique look to almost every block, the beauty of this material is it’s individuality, has quite a few different looks depending on where in Carrara it is quarried, the more typical Calacatta Oro will have a slightly off white / creamy white background with grey veins, the veining will be highlighted with gold and earthy brown colours and which can also feature small flecks of Iron Pyrites (Fool’s Gold). The direction and pattern of the veining is what gives it individuality and when book matching the material can create some wonderfully natural patterns.

Calacatta Michelangelo is another type of Calacatta we often stock, it has all the hallmark looks of Calacatta Oro except for the larger grey and gold veins, instead it has a very soft brown veining that looks like it is finely painted through the stone like the background of the ‘Creation of Adam’ in the Sistine Chapel by Michaelangelo.

Moving on to Calacatta Borghini, which is to be considered the true, original Calacatta Oro, Borghini is the family name of the quarry owner and has often produced the best blocks of Calacatta. Over many years it has become the most sought after in the world. It has been known for these blocks to be few and far between, and as such may take a long time to source and can fetch a very high price.

Finally, we come to Statuary or Statuario, the whitest of backgrounds with a defined grey veining the best examples of this material have very little to no brown veins and are the cleanest blocks of white veined marble extracted from Carrara. Statuaryis truly the premium luxury white marble and is the epitome of class and high quality.

The video below shows the landscape of Carrara’s marble quarries in the Apuan Alps, Northwest Italy, as Il Capo (The Chief) guides his men through the extraction process in this excerpt by Yuri Ancarani. We believe this is the Bettogli and have slabs of Calacatta and Statuary in our stock taken from here.

When you come to visit our yard here in Kingston-Upon-Thames you are 100% assured that the material in the yard has already been through a very careful selection process and has been crafted into slabs by the best factories, machinery and workforce in Italy. It is then down to our knowledgeable team here to listen to and understand your required look and application of the material so we can best advise on the available material best suited to your needs.