Different Types of Marble Tile

Marble tile comes in a wide range of colors, making it an ideal choice for accentuating any type of décor. In addition to the various hues available, the differences in vein patterns and grain distinguish each type of marble from one another. No matter which type you decide to install, marble pieces flooring adds a timeless visual impact. Here are some popular marble options:

Carrara Marble Tile 

Carrara Select 12x24 Honed Marble in Honed Marble featured in a stand up shower
Carrara Select 12×24 Honed Marble in Honed Marble

This is generally white, gray or blue-glue and commonly used in sculpture and building décor. Its veining is more linear and usually small and fine or soft and feathery, although it can be dramatic. Carrara is one of the most commonly used marbles in homes. Since it can have a stark, pristine whiteness, use Carrara marble tile in the bathroom to add an airy and clean feel.

Statuary Marble Tile

A sister stone to Carrara, Statuary marble features a uniform background and light gray tones with distinctive and more dramatic veining. Its semi translucent white background gives it a shiny, glossy feel, reflects light and provides a radiant finish that enhances any room.

Calacatta Marble Tile

Calacatta Bluette 12x24 Marble in Bluette Marble
Calacatta Bluette 12×24 Marble in Bluette Marble

Often misspelled as Calcutta, Calcata, and Calacata, this marble tile is also commonly mistaken for Carrara marble. Even though Calacatta marble is often quarried in the Carrara region of Italy and shares similarities with Carrara marble, such as their white coloring with gray veining, the two marbles have several distinct characteristics that set them apart. Calacatta marble tiles are generally white with dark veining in large, thick patterns. For some homes, Calacatta tiles can add a striking look when paired with stainless steel of a kitchen or the white porcelain of a bathroom. Since it’s rarer than Carrara, many people consider Calacatta a luxury stone.

Emperador Marble Tile

Quarried from three regions of Spain, Emperador marble tile comes in different shades of brown, straying from the whites and grays associated with Calacatta and Carrara. It typically exhibits fine grains with irregular veins. Its darker color makes it an ideal choice for a high-traffic floors of a charming fireplace surround.

Crema Marfil Marble Tile

Also quarried in Spain, Crema Marfil marble tile comes in many tones. The most well-known tones have a light-beige or yellowish color with uniform backgrounds and irregular veins.

Mixing & Matching

Combining different marbles creates a stunning effect & a unique look in any space. There are also unique shapes and patterns available when designing with marble.

luxury shower featuring New Era Long Hex Mosaic in Dark Emperador with Crema Marfil
New Era Long Hex Mosaic in Dark Emperador with Crema Marfil
kitchen backsplash featuring Olympia Sandalwood Chevron Marble Mosaic Honed Marble
Olympia Sandalwood Chevron Marble Mosaic in Honed Marble

History of Marble Tile

Marble has been the material of choice for monuments, temples and buildings for thousands of years. It has long been a symbol of tradition, luxury and extraordinary taste. Throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Far East, historic marble buildings remain. The Ancient Greeks used fine white marble to erect some of the most iconic buildings in the world. And after the Greeks, Romans started using marble slabs to clad brick and mortar buildings. It was this innovation that allowed them to erect entire marble cities, in a short amount of time.

Now that we know how famous marble has been used in various famous structures, let’s see the exact structures it was used for.

Famous Buildings and Statues Crafted from Marble

So, there you have it, the fascinating facts, the different types and the famous structures marble tile was used for. It’s pretty clear to see that it’s a material that adds value and elegance to your home!

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Updated 6.29.22