Italian Marble

Marble is a stone that has a soul; chalky white surfaces and delicate veins exude purity, elegance and set it apart from other natural stones.Through its unique characteristics and diverse textures, marble has been prevalent throughout history and continues to maintain its popularity when it comes to the crafting of ​furniture, flooring, ​lighting​tabletop and ​décor.

Being a metamorphic rock, marble is formed when sediments crystallize under intense heat and pressure. Perhaps the most fascinating characteristics of marble are the naturally formed translucent surfaces and easy-to-carve composition. Hence marble has been a stone of choice for artists, architects, and sculptors since antiquity.

The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually determined by the various mineral impurities. As a result, there are no two identical designs, like a fingerprint. Even though colors might seem similar, there’s no other piece of marble with the exact same veining which makes this material truly unique.

The Story of Italian Marble

Italian marble is a truly extraordinary stone. A tradition carried on for centuries right from the Roman empire to the Italian Renaissance, Italian marble is unparalleled and unique. Italian marble artists are known to be the best-skilled cutters and carvers of stone in the world. For this reason, handmade marble from Italy is highly valued and appreciated worldwide.

The enduring and long-lasting nature of marble made it the ideal material of choice to build majestic sculptures and buildings. The spectacular Duomo di Milano, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals of Italy, is built with a unique quality of Candoglia marble, extracted from Lombardian quarries.

In the pursuit of the finest material, the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo found his inspiration through Carrara marble that he used to carve the iconic sculptures of the David and Moses. The flowing drapery and expressive details carved out of the fine marble, are some of the most outstanding examples of sculpting skills.

The lustrous surface of marble preserves the charm of time and the value of the territory from which it is extracted.

Marble Quarries of Italy

Marble or ‘Marmo’ as the Italians call it, has existed for years, hidden in the quarries in three regions of Northern and Central Italy: Tuscany, Lombardy, and Veneto. The concentrated presence of these quarries encouraged craftsmen to establish their workshops in proximity. With empirical knowledge of the locally produced marble, the craftsmen have produced inspiring marble decorative, furniture and lighting pieces.

Artemest highlights the main regions abundant in handcrafted marble furniture and décor.

Tuscany is the marble capital of Italy. Famed for its white Carrara Marble that shines in the Apuan Alps, it is the rarest and the most valuable marble in the world. Carrara marble is distinguished by its precious brilliance, surreal white surface and slender gray veins that resemble feathery markings against the background.

The aesthetic quality, character, and finishes have made Carrara marble a noble medium for artists, sculptors, and designers. Located in the heart of the Carrara quarry, ​Carrara Home Design preserves the charm of the territory and turns this fine marble into unique objects of décor; so does U​pGroup​Massimo Ligeri Marmi, ​Andrea Giovannetti, and more talented marble artists, sculptors, and designers.

Lombardy is a reference point for industrial history due to the abundance of water, wood and other industrial material. Among the popular Lombardian quarries, Candoglia quarries have an exclusive history since the 1300s. This quarry is known to provide marble for the construction of the iconic Cathedral of Milan. Artisans of Lombardy such as ​Laudarte​MGM Marmi e Graniti, imbibe the excellent traditions of the land and turn them into artisanal wonders.

Veneto due to its proximity to the quarries finds the footprint of artisanal productions. ​​Scandola Marmi maintains its Venetian tradition of hand-selecting marble to create extraordinary pieces of functional décor. So does the ​Faedo family who's passions for marble began in 1962 in the province of Vicenza and led them to acquired the entire Spagnago quarry becoming the sole miner of Grolla Marble in the world.

The beautiful Italian island of Sicily has a deep culture in natural stone. Sicilian city centers and churches are all adorned with locally quarried marble as well as lava stone and limestone. The use of these precious locally sourced stones has enabled Sicilians to achieve the stunning Baroque architecture that characterizes many prominent structures. The island counts diverse stone production plants each with its own tradition. The main Sicilian centers for natural stone production are Trapani, Ragusa, Catania, and Palermo; each is known for a particular type of stone: Trapani for its beige Perlato di Sicilia marble; Catania its Lava Stone since Mount Etna eruption in the early 1960s; Ragusa for the Limestone and Palermo for its gray Billiemi Marble. The art of working marble in Sicily can be explored through the stunning works of a selection of Sicily based marble artists, such as: ​Lithea​Cusenza Marmi and​ Kaat by Michele Cucchiara and Philippos Zannettos.

Exploring Marble through Colors

Marble continues to inspire people around the world – and rightfully so. There are different kinds of marble that can be classified by its wonderful color options. The countless colors, veining and intricacies offer possibilities to create and reinvent classic or contemporary spaces. Artemest takes you through a journey to the discovery of precious marbles, granites and natural stones that will enchant you with their spectacular color shades.

White Marble. The classic white marble is a fine example of Italian perfection and grandeur. Carrara, Calacatta and Statuario marbles from Tuscany are the popular types of white marble that serve various purposes both for interior and exterior projects. Due to its high Calcium composition, it continues to mature over time, adding more character to the pieces, hence, a perfect choice for sculptures. Iconic candle holders by ​Cusenza Marmi are fine examples of sculptural masterpieces. Explore a range of white marble staple pieces by renowned artists such as Salvatori, Paolo Ulian, Marsotto Edizioni, Massimo Ligeri Marmi, StoneLab Design and UpGroup.

Pink Marble. The most widely used pink marble varieties are the Rosa Portogallo and the Rosa Levante. Pastel tones of marble add to the overall chic appeal of tabletops, décor and even lamps. The tones range from very subtle orangish tinge to deep pink, with rare white and grey intrusions. ​​Patricia Urquiola​ interprets the Rosa Portogallo marble in intriguing ways, through her marble and perforated metal vase for ​BudriExplore the wonderful vase by ​Erika Cavallini,​ to tabletops by ​Stories of Italy that evokes the Renaissance concept.

Red Marble. Looking at a slab of red marble seems like witnessing a contemporary work of art: it’s incredibly moving structure, creates immense value through its deep hues. Rosso Alicante is the best variety of red marble for a strong avant-garde feel, while Rosso Coralito features a softer tone and lighter presence of veins. The Rosso Levante, originally from Murcia is characterized by its three different tones of red and white streaks. Impeccable use of Rosso Levante marble by Editions Milano is reflected through the one of a kind champagne bottle.

Emerald Green Marble. A relatively new form of graphite, the lively green appearance creates an atmosphere of rich elegance blended with a sense of serenity and harmony. Verde Guatemala or the Oasis green marble is the commonly used kind of green marble often found in some of the most luxurious bathhouses and luxurious homes. From furniture to kitchenware, green marble makes decor items look even more pristine. The candelabrum by ​LatoxLato enchants us with its rich green Verde Imperiale marble and light veining, a perfect addition for celebrations and festivities.

Black Marble. The enchanting black marble makes one stop to observe its magic. With its overwhelming personality, Portoro marble augments the beauty of absolutely any object. Nero Marquina, another kind of black marble makes homes look sleek and chic. It is deep in its color with white veins acting as delightful accents. Seen in modern interior designs, this material is vastly used in furniture, contemporary chandeliers, niches in the kitchen, and tabletops. Emphasizing the aesthetic qualities of this most exclusive natural stone, ​UpGroup​​1+2=8​ and​ Espidesign​ by Paolo Speranza offer a range of priceless furniture.

Our Marble Artists

Explore the ​Marble carving and sculpting traditions that are known to be the best expression of Italian craftsmanship. Our artisans and designers leverage their expertise to bring out the natural characteristics of this material and produce unique objects capable of characterizing any type of environment. ​​Espidesig​n​ by Paola Speranza offers a collection of decor objects preserving the minimalistic approach enhanced by the sophistication of the material. Unveil the mastery of Italian craftsmen aligned with innovative designs with Budri​Salvatori and ​U​pGroup.

Shop By Collection

Discover the curated collections that feature of wonderful marble lighting to marble tabletops that exude elegance and style. The white Carrara collection features some modern designs and creations, while the brass and Marble collection enjoy this material to in combination with the elegance of brass.