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Acqua Marina

Italian Marble Slab


African Red

South African Granite Slab


Alma Grey

Italian Granite Slab


Andromeda White

Indian Granite Slab


Angola Black

Angolan Granite Slab


Angola Silver

Angolan Granite Slab


Arabescato Cervaiole

Italian Marble Slab


Arabescato Corchia

Italian Marble Slab


Arabescato Orobico

Italian Marble Slab


Arabescato Vagli

Italian Marble Slab


Aran White

Brazilian Granite Slab


Astoria

Indian Granite Slab


Atlantic Stone

Chinese Granite Slab


Aurisina Fiorito

Italian Marble Slab


Avalanche

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Azul Aran

Brazilian Granite Slab


Azul Bahia

Brazilian Granite Slab


Azul Imperial

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Azul Louro

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Azul Macaubas

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Azul Platino

Spanish Granite Slab


Baltic Brown

Finnish Granite Slab


Baltic Green

Finnish Granite Slab


Bateig Beige

Spanish Limestone Slab


Bateig Blue

Spanish Limestone Slab


Belgian Black

Belgian Marble Slab


Belgian Fossil

Belgian Limestone Slab


Belize

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Belvedere

Angolan Granite Slab


Bethel White

US Granite Slab


Bianco Covelano

Italian Marble Slab


Bianco Iberico

Portuguese Granite Slab


Bianco Ibiza

Italian Marble Slab


Bianco Macaubas
Bianco V
Black Forest

Indian Granite Slab


Black Horse

Brazilian Granite Slab


Blackwood

Chinese Marble Slab


Blue De Savoie

French Marble Slab


Bon Accord

South African Granite Slab


Botticino Classico

Italian Marble Slab


Botticino Fiorito

Italian Marble Slab


Breccia Capraia

Italian Marble Slab


Breccia Fantastico

Italian Marble Slab


Breccia Supreme

Turkish Marble Slab


Breccia Vagli

Italian Marble Slab


Brown Silk

Brazilian Granite Slab


Calacatta Borghini
Calacatta Michaelangelo

Italian Marble Slab


Calacatta Oro
Calacatta Portugal

Portuguese Marble Slab


Calacatta Vagli

Italian Marble Slab


Calacatta Verde

Italian Marble Slab


Calacatta Viola

Italian Marble Slab


Campobello

Brazilian Granite Slab


Capolavoro

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Carib Gold

Dominican Marble Slab


Carrara

Italian Marble Slab


Colonial Gold

Indian Granite Slab


Colonial White

Indian Granite Slab


Confusion
Copenhagen

Brazilian Granite Slab


Cosmic Black

Brazilian Granite Slab


Costa Smeralda

Brazilian Granite Slab


Crema Evora

Portuguese Marble Slab


Crema Marfil

Spanish Marble Slab


Cristallo

Brazilian Marble Slab


Crystal Blue

Brazilian Marble Slab


Culliford Quartz – Alpine Shimmer
Culliford Quartz – Pietra Grey
Cullifords Quartz – Bianco Eclipsia
Cullifords Quartz – Carrara
Cullifords Quartz – Grey Shimmer
Cullifords Quartz – Gris de Savoie
Cullifords Quartz – Michaelangelo
Cullifords Quartz – Misty Carrara
Cullifords Quartz – White Mirror
Daino Reale

Italian Marble Slab


Dakota Mahogany

US Granite Slab


Diamond Fall

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Dolomite White

Greek Marble Slab


Dove Nuvolato

Italian Marble Slab


Duke Black

Italian Granite Slab


Duke White

Italian Granite Slab


Elegante Grey

Turkish Marble Slab


Emperador

Spanish Marble Slab


Eramosa Crosscut
Eramosa Vein Cut

Canadian Marble Slab


Fior Di Bosco

Italian Marble Slab


Fior Di Pesco Carnico

Italian Marble Slab


Fusion Blue

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Fusion Fire

Brazilian Granite Slab


Fusion Wow Light

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Fusion Wow Multicolour

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Galaxy

Indian Granite Slab


Ghibli

Indian Granite Slab


Gold Macaubus

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Golden Eclipse

Brazilian Granite Slab


Grey Marquina

Iranian Marble Slab


Grigio Billiemi

Italian Marble Slab


Grigio Carnico

Italian Marble Slab


Gris Pulpis

Spanish Marble Slab


Gris Versilia

Italian Marble Slab


Himalayan White

Brazilian Granite Slab


Ivory Fantasy

Indian Granite Slab


Jade

Indian Marble Slab


Juparana Bordeaux

Brazilian Granite Slab


Juparana Rio

Brazilian Granite Slab


Jura Beige

German Limestone Slab


Jura Blue Grey

German Limestone Slab


Kashmir Gold

Indian Granite Slab


Kashmir White

Indian Granite Slab


Katuba Blue
Kuru Grey

Finnish Granite Slab


Labrador Black

Indian Granite Slab


Labradorite Bianca

Madagascan Granite Slab


Lady Dream

Indian Granite Slab


Lemon Spice

Indian Granite Slab


Lemuiran Blue

Madagascan Granite Slab


Lilac

Turkish Marble Slab


London White

Swiss Granite Slab


Luana Multicolour

Italian Marble Slab


Luna Pearl

Italian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Antique Silk

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Blue

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Blue Silk

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Emerald

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Emerald Silk

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Royal

Norwegian Granite Slab


LUNDHS Royal Silk

Norwegian Granite Slab


Magma Black

Brazilian Granite Slab


Magma Gold

Brazilian Granite Slab


Majestic Brown

Brazilian Granite | Quartzite Slab


Marinace Aquarius

Brazilian Granite Slab


Marinace Black and Gold

Brazilian Granite Slab


Marinace Black and White

Brazilian Granite Slab


Marinace Rosso

Brazilian Granite Slab


Marinace Verde

Brazilian Granite Slab


Marron – 54168
Marron Coheiba

Angolan Granite Slab


Marron Imperial
Matrix Satinato

Brazilian Granite Slab


Maui

Indian Quartzite Slab


Meteorus

Brazilian Granite Slab


Midnight Blue

Angolan Granite Slab


Moca Creme

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Moleanos

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Moleanos Blue

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Moleanos Fine Grain

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Moon Agate

Brazilian Granite | Quartzite Slab


Moroccan Black Fossil

Moroccan Marble Slab


Mosaikus

Brazilian Granite Slab


Mystic Platinum

South Korean Radianz Slab


Nero Portoro

Italian Marble Slab


Noir St. Laurent

French Marble Slab


Nordic Sunset

Ukrainian Granite Slab


Nuvola

Brazilian Granite | Quartzite Slab


Olive Green

Brazilian Granite Slab


Oman White

Omani Limestone Slab


Onyx Cappucino

Iranian Onyx Slab


Onyx Green

Iranian Onyx Slab


Onyx Pink

Iranian Onyx Slab


Onyx Silver

Iranian Onyx Slab


Onyx Smeraldo

Iranian Onyx Slab


Opera DArte

French Marble Slab


Pakistan Black and Gold
Palissandro Classico

Italian Marble Slab


Palissandro Nuvolato

Italian Marble Slab


Panda White

Chinese Marble Slab


Panna Fragola

Brazilian Granite Slab


Paradiso Classico

Indian Granite Slab


Patagonia

Brazilian Granite Slab


Pegasus

Indian Granite Slab


Pentelicon

Greek Marble Slab


Pietra Del Cardosa

Italian Slate Slab


Pietra Piasentina

Italian Limestone Slab


Pietra Serena

Italian Limestone Slab


Piracema

Brazilian Granite Slab


Radianz Quartz – Acacia

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Adirondak Birch

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Aleutian White

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Antigua Beach

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Aster

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Bristol Beige

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Columbia Grey
Radianz Quartz – Denali Cloud

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Diamond White

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Eiger Slope

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Elbrus Boulder

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Everest White

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Gentle Grey

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Gold Canyon Grey

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Imperial Grey

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Juniper

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Kauai Cream
Radianz Quartz – Kunlun Ink

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Lucern Lake

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Makalu Silver

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Milan Macchiato

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Mirama Bronze

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Mont Blanc Snow

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Napoli Beige

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Olympus Peak

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Orion

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Rio

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Saltoro Cliff

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Sierra Bedrock

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – St. Helens White

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Toluca Sand

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Ural Grey

South Korean Radianz Slab


Radianz Quartz – Verona Verde

South Korean Radianz Slab


Rainforest Green

Indian Marble Slab


Rosa Tea

Turkish Marble Slab


Rose Aurora

Portuguese Marble Slab


Rose Aurora Estramoz

Portuguese Marble Slab


Rosso Bilbao

Spanish Marble Slab


Rosso Levanto

Italian Marble Slab


Rosso Luana

Italian Marble Slab


Royal Blue

Bolivian Marble Slab


Sapien Stone – Arabescato

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Basalt Black

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Basalt Cream

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Bianco Lasa

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Bright Onyx

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Brown Earth

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Calacatta

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Calacatta Statuario

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Grey Earth

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Light Earth

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Malm Black

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Malm Grey

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Pietra Grey

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Premium White

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Sand Earth

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Uni Ice

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Urban Antracite

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapien Stone – Urban Argento

Italian Ceramic Slab


Sapphire Brown

Indian Granite Slab


Shiwakashi

Indian Granite Slab


Silver Cloud

US Granite Slab


Silver Wave

Chinese Marble Slab


Silver Wind

Greek Marble Slab


Sivec

Macedonian Marble Slab


St. Hubert

Portuguese Limestone Slab


Stargate

South African Granite Slab


Statuary

Italian Marble Slab


Steel Grey

Indian Granite Slab


Stonethica – Bardiglio

Italian Marble | Stonethica Slab


Stonethica – Carrara Mix

Italian Marble | Stonethica Slab


Stonethica – Pietra Cardoso

Italian Marble | Slate | Stonethica Slab


Strata Brown

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Striato Olympo

Greek Marble Slab


Super White

Brazilian Marble | Quartzite Slab


Taj Mahal

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Tan Brown

Indian Granite Slab


Terra Bianca

Indian Granite Slab


Teton Beige
Thunder White

Indian Granite Slab


Topaz White

Brazilian Granite Slab


Travertine Cross-Cut

Italian Travertine Slab


Travertine Light

Italian Travertine Slab


Travertine Silver

Italian Travertine Slab


Tropical Black

Brazilian Granite Slab


Tundra

Turkish Marble Slab


Typhoon Green

Indian Granite Slab


Ubatuba

Brazilian Granite Slab


Valley White

Indian Granite Slab


Verde Bamboo

Brazilian Granite | Quartzite Slab


Verde Cristina
Verde Fantastico

Brazilian Quartzite Slab


Verde Lapponia

Norwegian Granite Slab


Verde Luana

Italian Marble Slab


Verde Marina

Indian Granite Slab


Verde Savannah

Brazilian Granite Slab


Verde St. Denis

Italian Marble Slab


Verde Tinos

Greek Marble Slab


Visag Blue

Indian Granite Slab


Viscount White

Indian Granite Slab


Volakas

Greek Marble Slab


Volga Blue

Ukrainian Granite Slab


Vratza

Bulgarian Limestone Slab


White Beauty

Chinese Marble Slab


White Ice

Brazilian Granite Slab


Whitewood

Chinese Marble Slab


Wild West

Brazilian Granite Slab

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.