Carrara Marble Explained [Infographic]

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Carrara marble is a popular choice for staircases, fireplaces and flooring. Carrara marble is a contemporary yet classic stone, known for its exceptional beaut, and it comes in a wide variety of patterns and colours.

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Carrara Marble Explained

Carrara Marble from Northern Italy comes in many varieties and has remained a popular choice for surfaces, grand staircases, sculptures and flooring for many centuries. From the Pantheon in Rome to Marble Arch in London, from Michelangelo’s David to the Oslo Opera House, Carrara Marble remains one of the worlds most elegant and versatile stones.


Carrara Marble is a name given to many varieties of Marble from the Carrara region and surrounding areas.


Carrara is located in the Tuscany region of Northern Italy.


Over 150 varieties of marble are commonly called “Carrara marble”, and they can be divided into 7 main commercial types:

White Carrara Marble

Veined Marble

Bardiglio Marble

Nuvolato Marble

Arabescato Marble

Statuary Marble

Calacatta Marble

Zebrino Marble

Paonazzo Marble

Cremo Marble

Statuary Marble has for centuries been the most highly sough after variety of Carrara Marble due it’s pure white colour. However, as reserves have dwindled due to it’s popularity, the less expensive White Carrara Marble has become the most commonly quarried.

The experts at Ian Knapper can help you to choose and source beautiful Carrara Marble for your next interior design project.

Ian Knapper has over 25 years’ experience as a mason with works across heritage, private and public sectors. Get in touch and find out what we can do for you and your next stonework project.