Ranging across a palette of subtle stone tints, each different kind of marble has its own naturally occurring whorls, streaks and striations that make every piece unique. These can now be replicated with modern high-definition digital printing techniques to produce sensational marble-effect tiles. Marble is a type of metamorphic rock, meaning that it changes its structure according to the geological conditions in its place of origin, particularly heat and pressure. Marble can also absorb impurities which cause veining in characteristic colours, such as red from iron oxides, or green from magnesium deposits.
Ancient statuary and classic buildings like the Parthenon were made of dazzling white Pentelic marble from Greece, which is formed from a particularly pure type of limestone. Similar marble from India was used for the fabulous Taj Mahal, while many varieties of red marble can be found in France, Italy and Turkey. A characteristic black marble comes from Spain.
Inspired by this classic opulence, marble-effect tile collections offer an opportunity to furnish your home or business in a trending contemporary style, but at a competitive price. Following the timeless tradition of high quality marble elegance, contemporary tiles are made from more affordable, more easily maintained and more sustainable ceramics and porcelain. You'll save money as well as the vital natural resources of our planet.
These materials are also more versatile, so you can give more range to your imagination. The pure simplicity of the Calacatta range, for example, offers a selection of high gloss tiles in white with classic grey veining – or grey with white. These tiles can be obtained in a variety of sizes and styles which allow for a considerable amount of individual design freedom. Large format planks or squares can be found in either ceramic or porcelain, in a traditional flat style, or an on-trend decor design, with sculptured ridges to add an interesting depth of texture.
We have been using marble as a high quality decorating resource for thousands of years. In the 21st century however, we have moved into a brand new future, which combines marble’s traditional elegance and beauty with the thoughtful sustainability of modern materials.