Carrara vs. Calacatta Marble: What Is the Difference?
The answer is in the color and veining of these popular Italian marbles
Carrara or Calacatta? People often mix up these two marbles, so I decided to create an ideabook to illustrate the differences. These terms are used interchangeably because both of these Italian marbles are very similar in appearance: white with gray veining. To add to the confusion, much of Calacatta comes from Carrara, Italy. In general, Carrara tends to be grayer with softer veining, while Calacatta is whiter with bolder more dramatic veining. There are additional subtle differences and once you know what to look for, you should be able to distinguish between Carrara and Calacatta. Let’s compare some Houzz examples:
Calacatta: The patterning on this one is predominately larger and thick.
Carrara: Here, tile is used to frame a traditional fireplace. Carrara veining tends to be linear.
Carrara: On this waterfall island countertop, the gray veining is small and fine.
Calacatta: A vanity counter and large floor tiles make this master bath light and airy.
Carrara: The backsplash has an overall gray tone and provides the color in this white kitchen.
Calacatta: Here you see the characteristic large patterning in a slab backsplash.
Carrara: Within Carrara and Calacatta marbles, there is a lot of variability. Here is a very white Carrara.
Carrara: These floor tiles reveal a range of tones. Tip: When considering any stone tile, ask for at least 3 samples of the current lot to see the shade variation.
Calacatta: Some have really dark patterning. The heavy veining contrasts dramatically with the crisp white background in these floor tiles and shower slab.
Calacatta Gold: This is a variation of Calacatta with gold mixed in. It works well with both cool and warm tones. There are many types of Calacatta.
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