Acqua Marina
African Red
Alma Grey
Andromeda White
Angola Black
Angola Silver
Arabescato Corchia
Arabescato Cervaiole
Arabescato Orobico
Arabescato Vagli
Aran White
Atlantic Stone
Aurisina Fiorito
Azul Louro
Azul Aran
Azul Bahia
Azul Imperial
Azul Macaubas
Azul Platino
Baltic Brown
Bateig Beige
Bateig Blue
Belgian Black
Belgian Fossil
Bethel White
Bianco Covelano
Bianco Iberico
Bon Accord
Bianco Macaubas
Bianco V
Black Forest
Black Horse
Blue De Savoie
Botticino Classico
Botticino Fiorito
Breccia Capraia
Breccia Fantastico
Breccia Supreme
Breccia Vagli
Brown Silk
Calacatta Oro
Calacatta Michaelangelo
Calacatta Portugal
Calacatta Vagli
Calacatta Verde
Calacatta Viola
Carib Gold
Colonial Gold
Colonial White
Cosmic Black
Crema Evora
Crema Marfil
Daino Reale
Dakota Mahogany
Diamond Fall
Dolomite White
Dove Nuvolato
Duke White
Elegante Grey
Eramosa Crosscut
Eramosa Vein Cut
Fior Di Bosco
Fior Di Pesco Carnico
Fusion Blue
Fusion Fire
Fusion Wow Light
Fusion Wow Multicolour
Gold Macaubus
Golden Eclipse
Grey Marquina
Grigio Billiemi
Grigio Carnico
Gris Pulpis
Gris Versilia
Himalayan White
Ivory Fantasy
Juparana Rio
Jura Beige
Jura Blue Grey
Kashmir Gold
Kashmir White
Kuru Grey
Labrador Black
Labradorite Bianca
Lady Dream
Lemon Spice
Lemuiran Blue
London White
Luana Multicolour
Luna Pearl
LUNDHS Antique
LUNDHS Antique Silk
LUNDHS Blue Silk
LUNDHS Emerald
LUNDHS Emerald Silk
LUNDHS Royal Silk
Magma Black
Magma Gold
Majestic Brown
Marinace Aquarius
Marinace Black and White
Marinace Black and Gold
Marinace Rosso
Marinace Verde
Marron Imperial
Matrix Satinato
Marron Coheiba
Midnight Blue
Moca Creme
Moleanos Blue
Moleanos Fine Grain
Moon Agate
Moroccan Black Fossil
Mystic Platinum
Nero Portoro
Noir St. Laurent
Nordic Sunset
Olive Green
Oman White
Onyx Cappucino
Onyx Green
Onyx Pink
Onyx Silver
Onyx Smeraldo
Opera DArte
Pakistan Black and Gold
Palissandro Classico
Palissandro Nuvolato
Panda White
Panna Fragola
Paradiso Classico
Pietra Del Cardosa
Pietra Piasentina
Pietra Serena
Radianz Quartz – Acacia
Radianz Quartz – Adirondak Birch
Radianz Quartz – Aleutian White
Radianz Quartz – Antigua Beach
Radianz Quartz – Aster
Radianz Quartz – Bristol Beige
Radianz Quartz – Columbia Grey
Radianz Quartz – Denali Cloud
Radianz Quartz – Diamond White
Radianz Quartz – Eiger Slope
Radianz Quartz – Elbrus Boulder
Radianz Quartz – Everest White
Radianz Quartz – Gentle Grey
Radianz Quartz – Gold Canyon Grey
Radianz Quartz – Imperial Grey
Radianz Quartz – Juniper
Radianz Quartz – Kauai Cream
Radianz Quartz – Kunlun Ink
Radianz Quartz – Lucern Lake
Radianz Quartz – Makalu Silver
Radianz Quartz – Mauna Loa Black
Radianz Quartz – Milan Macchiato
Radianz Quartz – Mirama Bronze
Radianz Quartz – Mont Blanc Snow
Radianz Quartz – Napoli Beige
Radianz Quartz – Olympus Peak
Radianz Quartz – Orion
Radianz Quartz – Rio
Radianz Quartz – Saltoro Cliff
Radianz Quartz – Sierra Bedrock
Radianz Quartz – St. Helens White
Radianz Quartz – Toluca Sand
Radianz Quartz – Ural Grey
Radianz Quartz – Verona Verde
Rainforest Green
Rosa Tea
Rose Aurora
Rose Aurora Estramoz
Rosso Bilbao
Rosso Levanto
Rosso Luana
Royal Blue
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
Sapphire Brown
Silver Cloud
Silver Wave
Silver Wind
St. Hubert
Steel Grey
Stonethica – Bardiglio
Stonethica – Carrara Mix
Stonethica – Pietra Cardoso
Strata Brown
Striato Olympo
Super White
Taj Mahal
Tan Brown
Terra Bianca
Thunder White
Topaz White
Travertine Cross-Cut
Tropical Black
Typhoon Green
Valley White
Verde Bamboo
Verde Cristina
Verde Fantastico
Verde Lapponia
Verde Luana
Verde Marina
Verde Savannah
Verde St. Denis
Verde Tinos
Visag Blue
Viscount White
Volga Blue
White Beauty
White Ice
Wild West
Crystal Blue
Teton Beige

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.