Throughout history, marble has been an effective and impressive natural resource. In fact, its name has evolved from the Greek word ‘mármaros’ meaning ‘White Shining Stone’. It was a material often used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans to build their most distinguished and impressive constructions. The Parthenon, for example, built as far back as 447 BC, is an internationally recognised symbol of antiquity that has survived through countless wars including a Venetian bombardment in 1687 whilst being used by the Ottoman Empire.
Twenty years before this, however, marble was being used on the other side of the world and the incredible Taj Mahal had just been completed using a shimmering ivory-white marble. Luckily for the Greeks, their desired marble could be found under 20 miles away on Mount Pentelicus whilst the marble for the Taj Mahal was located in Makrana, Rajasthan, over 225 miles away and required over 1,000 elephants to transport it.
Marble’s survival in the shape of these two spectacular World Heritage Sites speaks for itself. Marble has long been used for its capability of bearing immense weight and yet being malleable enough to mold into the shapes required.
It would not, however, have been so popular throughout time if not for its innate beauty, beauty that has got it into places like the floor of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the walls of The Palace of Versailles. So not a bad resume, eh?
Today we are lucky enough to have access to all kinds of marble. From marble kitchen worktops to marble baths and fireplaces. Marble of all colours and patterns, from all over the world can be customised and installed into our homes, and all at a reasonable price. But the journey that it takes and its natural creation are often completely forgotten about. There is a beauty in the remarkable way that marble is harvested and in some stages it is still quite primitive and similar to the way it was harvested thousands of years ago.
This marvellous rock takes a miraculous journey from its natural creation to your kitchen worktops or your fireplaces involving an awful lot of planning and cooperation but have you ever stopped to think of what happens between its birth in the Earth’s crust and its installation into your living room or kitchen?
It is not often you can brag about something in your kitchen and it just goes to show how, despite how far mankind has come, we are still very much similar to our ancestors!
Investing in marble, or other natural materials is something you will never regret. They are historic and natural, taking centre stage in your kitchen and giving it a sustainable, clean and impressive look. They are durable and improve the value of wherever they are found. The only arguments against investing in this is that it is perhaps too expensive but that is false…
They are both affordable and cost-efficient. There is not many areas of the house where money is better spent than on an impressive natural, durable counter and think of it this way, it may cost you a bit of cash but you haven’t had to wait for it to metamorphosize, blow it out of a bedrock and then transport it hundreds of miles. (And that’s in this day and age!)
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