Furniture Fridays: Working with Stone – Marble

  • Posted: September 14, 2018

Marble is a rock resulting from the sedimentary carbonate rocks that have undergone metamorphism – most commonly limestone. Limestone is composed predominantly of skeletal and fossilised fragments of marine organisms such as coral and molluscs.

White Cararra Marble

How is it formed?
Metamorphism takes place when limestone is exposed to conditions of extreme temperature and pressure, which happens under the Earth’s surface when the magma reacts with the biological debris turning it into a different form of rock. This process usually takes place over hundreds, if not thousands of years.

The resulting marble rock is typically composed of interlocking crystals and fossils. This process means that no two slabs of marble will ever be the same which contributes to the luxury, ‘exclusive’ nature of the material.

Where does it come from?
The origin of around half of all marble quarried is divided between China, India, Italy and Spain.

At Icons of Denmark, we source four types of marble. These

White Cararra
This is a beautiful white or blue-grey marble from the Northern-most tip of Tuscany, Italy. It is this same marble that was used in the making of Pantheon and Michaelangelo’s sculpture of David.

Negro Marquina
This Spanish marble is from the Basque country of Spain. It is celebrated worldwide due to its beautiful, genuine black colour with rich white seams.

Green Indio
Indio Marble is mainly sourced from mines in India. The aesthetics of Verde Indio vary with either few streaks or with very pronounced white streaks. There also exist varieties with black pigmentations, creating stunning and original patterns.

Brown Marble (Marron Emperador)
Powerful and striking, Marron Emperador is a brown marble from Spain with orange, tan and white features in its highly polished surface.

Deck Table, black frame, black marquina marble
Ninety Table with chrome base and green indio marble tabletop

Characteristics:
There are no two slabs of marble that have precisely the same pattern.
Marble is heat resistant, it doesn’t absorb heat or energy quickly and is quite suitable for countries with a hot climate.
Available in a variety of hues and colours
Marble is porous and can stain with acidic liquids, sealing, and acid treating helps prevent this from occurring.
Marble has a hardness of 3 on the MOHS scale (a comparative tool used for determining hardness. Clay is considered 1 and Diamond is 10)
Because of its density and durability marble is also hypoallergenic. Therefore, it is a popular choice for people with allergies.

Check out our selection of our beautiful marble coffee tables
O Table with black frame in emperador marble