Marble is a metamorphosed limestone composition, which means that Marble originally began as limestone deep in the earth’s crust and through extreme heat and pressure was recrystallized to form the marble stone we know today.
Due to this natural process that occurs in nature, and the vast combination of minerals that exist within the earth’s crust, marble can be found in an amazing array of colors and shades. The colors range from brilliant white, which is derived from white calcite, to dark red, to black. The marble color depending on the minerals and impurities found within each specific region of the earth where marble is quarried. Marble is not an extremely hard stone and has a Mohs rating of between 2.5 and 5 (out of 10) compared to granite which is between 7 and 8. Marble has visible and distinct veins that run through the stone. Due to the natural crystals that exist within marble, the natural stone responds extremely well to polishing and exhibits amazing reflectivity.
Marble is one of the most lavish and elegant flooring options available. It has a rich history and has been the material of choice for designers, architects, and artists throughout all of human history. All natural, marble floor tiles are quarried from mountain ranges in countries around the world and are available in a number of different finishes, sizes, and colors.
While marble is an elegant and sophisticated flooring option, it does require a certain amount of care and maintenance. It needs to be treated on a regular basis to protect it from spills and moisture. It is also susceptible to certain kinds of stains and damage.