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Bianco Carrara marble: a prestigious natural Italian stone famous all over the world

Bianco Carrara is considered, both in Italy and abroad, the Italian marble par excellence. This stone is extracted from the Apuan Alps in Carrara where there are the most known millenary tradition quarries in the world. Bianco Carrara, according to colour characteristics, white purity level and intrusions and veins typologie, is classified in different commercial categories.

Even today, as in Roman age, it is used for the realization of:

  • refined load-bearing elements in construction: architraves, capitals, columns, pillars, bases
  • prestigious architectural components: coverings, cornices, pilasters, floorings
  • exclusive ornamental elements: portals, fountains, altars, stele, gravestones
  • elegant decorative objects and statues

The origin of the Italian white marble

The first information concerning this marble date back to the I century B.C. during the Roman Empire, even if some fragments of white marble were found in the necropolis and cemeteries dating back to the IV century B.C. In ancient times the Romans called this lithotype, or rather this rocks category, marmor lunensis which means “marble of Luni”. Luni was an important and ancient extraction and boarding centre on the Ligurian Sea, in the city of Ortonovo at the border between Liguria and Tuscany. From this town the Romans used to organize the departures of ships transporting white marble blocks and destined to reach Rome for the public constructions, the noble residences and the monumental sculptures. Afterward Carrara became the extraction centre from which it took the name of Bianco Carrara marble.

Quarries area

Tuscany especially Apuan Alps in Carrara

Availability

Easily available

Colour

The background shade is the pearly white with a light cloud effect. Has intrusions, greyish points more or less visible and millimetric or centimetric greyish multi-coloured veins. This lithotype is a solid and uniform crystalline marble from fine to medium variable grain. It is characterized by a very high percentage of calcium carbonate: white calcite crystals. The calcite has a low refraction index: it allows light to enter in the stone giving it a special shininess before being reflected. This makes the white marble precious and refined: it is an elegant material that gives brightness to locations.

Use

It is suitable for floorings, staircases, coverings, fireplaces, sculptures, fountains, monuments, funerary art, ornamental works and decorative objects. The placement of the works is recommended for interior locations; for the exterior locations it is necessary to consider the specific conditions. This marble belongs to the category of stones that can be polished. It is appropriate for every finishing typologie; the obtained effect, after the handmade antique finishing, is very special

Photo material

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Our works

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Table bases – carved by Arte 2000

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Fireplace detail – carved by Arte 2000

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Fountain – carved by Arte 2000

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Fountain – carved by Arte 2000

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Fountain – carved by Arte 2000

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Fountain with antique finishing – carved by Arte 2000

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Nike sculpture with antique finishing – carved by Arte 2000

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Sculpture antique finishing – carved by Arte 2000

The information contained in this article are for guidance only. We remind you that a lot of marbles are mentioned with the well-known commercial name, often different from the real one.
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  • davide

    5 July 2019 at 12:12 Reply

    loved your post,

    As a great Bianco Carrara marble supported i really wanted to make you some questions:

    What marble do you normally use to create your sculptures? Only Bianco Carrara or also Statuario and Calacatta?

    Most of the sculptures are in polish or honed finish? which finish do most of the client ask you for?

    Best
    Davide
    https://acemarstone.com

    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      5 July 2019 at 17:26 Reply

      I’m happy you love it
      We prefer white marbles like Statuario, Carrara whithout veins and some italian limestone basically clean or with few veins. with these types of marbles, the musculature is strengthened the surface finishing most appreciated is the fine smoothed and the honed. Another surface very is the time-worn, really appreciated for classical style interiors and gardens items.

  • malik

    3 August 2019 at 7:19 Reply

    Do you have Grave stones size
    ca 1200mm x 900mm x 150mm to 180mm in max white marble.Dilevery to Germany. thanks

    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      5 August 2019 at 15:49 Reply

      Dear Malik, we don’t sell raw marble as slabs or block. We produce marble works on drawing and on measure. We can send the goods to Germany. Please send me an e-mail to info@arte2000.it with drawing, picture or some other details to have a quotation. I remain at your disposal for any informations. Best regards

  • White Statuario Marble

    22 November 2019 at 12:22 Reply

    Great piece of information. Thank you very much for sharing this information.

    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      22 November 2019 at 16:43 Reply

      I thank you for the appreciation, I’m very pleased. In the next days I will publish an article on the Istrian stone. Stay tuned

  • tarak

    10 December 2019 at 14:20 Reply

    Nice Article. Thanks for sharing this post. I hope this blog useful for a lot of members. Keep up the good work
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    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      10 December 2019 at 15:32 Reply

      I thank you for the appreciation. We want to share our experience and knowledge with the marble world lovers!

  • Italian marble

    28 January 2020 at 15:00 Reply

    Great article, thanks for sharing these helpful information.
    I love Italian Carrara marble, I personally think it is one of the most beautiful marbles.
    Without a doubt it has no competitors in terms of style, quality anche charme.

    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      28 January 2020 at 17:36 Reply

      I thank you for the appreciation; I’m glad you like it. It’s really a very refined and elegant marble!

  • Invisible

    8 April 2020 at 17:01 Reply

    The colossal Sculpture of Indian Holy Saint who lived 100 years ago is being sculpted in Pietrasanta, Italy . The attached video Link has been uploaded on the official website of Pietrasanta when the World is facing the biggest challenge of COVID19 to save humanity . The Italians have started to have faith in the positive energy of the Holy Saint as they acknowledge it cannot be coincidence when in Milan where the Italy reported the maximum number of Covid19 cases has the least number of affected patients in Pietrasanta where the Holy Sculpture is being sculpted. Pietrasanta is just about 150 miles from Milan.

    https://youtu.be/Nvd0EheAsjg

    • Arte 2000 - Paola

      8 April 2020 at 21:01 Reply

      I thank you for the very interesting intervention, I did not know that a copy had been made in Pietrasanta. Very nice that it was an auspicious one, it will certainly continue to be so

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