Carrera Marble Vs. Statuary Marble

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Carrera Marble Vs. Statuary Marble
Once marble has been excavated from quarries, it's cut to size with a saw. (Marble Cutting Machinery image by JacWill from

The mountains of Italy, particularly the Massa-Carrara region, have long been celebrated for their yield of high-quality marble, especially white marble that bears its regional namesake: Carrara. Michelangelo referred to the Apuan Alps as the "marble mountains," and he carved his masterpiece -- the statue of David -- out of white statuary marble, which is one type of Carrara marble.

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Carrara Marble Vs. Statuary Marble

Carrara marble is characterised by its white background and distinctive grey veining. The whiter the marble, the more valuable it is. In fact, Carrara marble that has dark, distinctive veins is often considered "junk" marble. Statuary marble, another white marble, is actually a type of Carrara marble. It's 98 per cent calcium carbonate and often has little veining, making it desirable for sculptures and statues. It's also sold under the names Statuario or Statuarietto.

Carrera Marble Vs. Statuary Marble
Statuary marble is the artisan's choice for sculptures and statues. (Marble Statue image by Sitech from


Carrara marble is considered a high-end luxury stone worldwide. It's used in both contemporary and traditional applications, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Narrow strips of marble set horizontally lend a modern touch to kitchen backsplashes. Large-format polished marble tiles are a luxurious choice for spa-like master suites. Statuary marble is favoured by artists and sculptures. Large blocks are carved by hand and with machines for fireplace surrounds.


A complex system of grading is applied to each block of marble, whether it's white Carrara marble or statuary. The higher the grade, the higher the price. For example, Bianco Carrara marble, a white marble, is graded in a range from C to CD to D, depending on the level of grey veining.

Size and Finish

Carrara marble is excavated from quarries in blocks that weigh tons. The marble can be sold in this format or cut down into slabs or tiles of various sizes suitable for a range of residential and commercial projects. Marble may be honed for a matt look, or polished so that it has a reflective surface. Statuary marble has a thick texture and shine that appeals to artisans. It's usually given a high-polish finish.

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