Marble has been used in art and architecture since the Roman times and is known for its beautiful veining and colour combinations. In our Guide to Marble, you'll find out how the stone is made, where it comes from and how to care for your tiles in your home.
Formation of Marble
When Limestone is exposed to high temperatures and pressures, the calcite in the Limestone recrystallises forming a denser material known as Marble, which consists of roughly equigranular calcite crystals.
Sourcing the Marble
Marble is quarried from across Europe and Asia (in particular Italy, Spain, Turkey, China, India, and Vietnam). The various swirls and veins that often appear in Marble are attributed to various mineral impurities, it is these impurities that lead to unique and interesting colour combinations. Like many other metamorphic rocks, Marble has no fossils.
Production of Marble
Generally, any layering that appears within the rock will not correspond to the original piece of Limestone it was made from. Once the material has been quarried into blocks, it's then cut into slabs which are eventually cut into tiles.
Benefits of Marble
Whilst Marble is quite susceptible to acidic fluids, it is extremely durable in dry climates and is both hardwearing and effortlessly timeless.
Did You Know?
Famously used for historical sculptures like the Venus de Milo and Michelangelo's David, Marble has been used in art and architecture since the Roman times and is still used by artist and engineers alike today.
To keep your stone in top condition, we recommend protecting the tiles once laid. Please see our Protector Guide which outlines which protector your stone requires.
What different finishes are available?
Marble can be polished or honed which gives either a gloss or matt finish.
Why is it important to seal Marble tiles?
Marble is sensitive to wet conditions and should therefore be sealed to extend its longevity.
How should these tiles be sealed?
Once laid, Marble needs to be sealed to avoid staining. For an initial clean after grouting use a residue remover (we sell one for polished and one for unpolished tiles). Allow the product to work by leaving it on the tile for at least 10 minutes and then use an emulsifying pad to remove the grout residue.
If some residue remains it may be due to the polymer within the grout, these needs to be softened with an alkaline detergent such as a Tile and Stone Stain Remover.
To protect your Marble, it is essential you use a protector. Our matrix here will help. Apply with a brush or roller and allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
How much does this stone material naturally vary? And why?
Marble varies considerably from block to block due to the natural impurities and the type of Marble quarried. We recommend dry laying your tiles prior to fitting to ensure you're happy with the variation.
What size tolerance should there be on this stone if any?
Tolerances in dimensions for Marble are around +/- 0.5mm. Please speak to your local store team for further information.