We step on it but never really pay any attention to it

Our home, our office, our entertainment areas, they all have it. We are on it every waking hour.  It takes quarries, ships, machines, artisans, to install them.  Yet because we look ahead of us when we walk we seldom pay attention to them.  Floors are an essential part of every building, landscape, streetscape without which we would be able to live.  Floors come in many materials including earth, wood, tile, porcelain, stone, marble, vinyl, and other synthetic materials.  Today I will focus on Marbles.

Marble floors come in an infinite variety of colors and they are named something different depending of which country or quarry. Here are the Most common marble colors you will find in a traditional use such as a bathroom, building lobby, public building, historical building, etc.

In the White hues there is the Thasos, Carrara and then most used with variations including Calacatta, Calacatta Gold, and many others)


Thasos (sometimes called Bianco Absoluto)




Calaccata (tends to have more white areas and the blotching is more concentrated)

The “cream colored marbles” are Botticino and Travertino.  The first one is usually honed smooth and the latter usually has imperfections such as holes that are either left as is or filled in and then honed.




Then there are marbles with red hues such as Salmon Fiorentino and Rosso Verona

salmon fiorentino

Salmon Fiorentino (as the name suggests it has less reds and more salmon/pink colors)


Rosso Verona


The darker colors marbles include green, brown and black hues.

verde alpes o verde imperial

Verde Imperiale/Verde Alpes

Marron-Emperador (1)

Marron Imperiale

nero marquinaNero Marquina


All these marbles are laid in a monochromatic look, in combination and in a pattern.  Here are some examples that I dont necessarily love but I am showing them because they use the materials I showed above.


Monochromatic use of Calacutta Marble

bardiglio and carrara

Inlay using Bardiglio (grey) and Carrara Marbles


Geometric Inlay using Rosso Verona (red), Nero (black) and Travertine (brighter beige color)


Medallion using Botticino on the outer edges, followed by a circle of Marron Imperiale , an infill of Carrara (white) and the spires are made of Boticcino, Marron Imperiale, Verde Alpes and Rosso Verona.


Medallion using Rosso Verona on the outer edges, followed by a circle of Salmon Fiorentino, and the spires are made of Boticcino (beige) and Nero (black).  The inner circle is Salmon Fiorentino.


Hope you enjoyed this tour of marbles.  In the coming posts will expand onto other flooring materials including granites, wood, ceramics, terrazzo and others.


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