Mar­ble quar­ry in Greece. [Source]

Mar­ble is renowned as a pop­u­lar, very noble com­po­nent in art, archi­tec­ture and inte­ri­or ele­ments. How did the human fas­ci­na­tion with mar­ble start? Let’s trav­el back about 2,000 years..

The smooth and shiny sur­face of mar­ble (com­bined with its dura­bil­i­ty) has inspired humans from an ear­ly stage. This is reflect­ed in the word “mar­ble”, which derives from the ancient Greek word for “shiny”. Mar­ble is formed in a geo­log­i­cal process (which we will review in a future blog arti­cle). Many regions in the world serve as sources for mar­ble: Mines can be found in Italy, France, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Greece, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Turkey and also in oth­er parts of the world like Iran, India and Chi­na. Inter­est­ing­ly, the mar­ble is not iden­ti­cal — each region has a mar­ble with a dis­tinct qual­i­ty and char­ac­ter­is­tics (for exam­ple in colour, struc­ture and dura­bil­i­ty). Thus, the mar­ble from each region is used for dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es.
Ancient Greece expe­ri­enced a “mar­ble cult”, when mar­ble was used for mag­nif­i­cent tem­ples and became one of the most sought-after export goods. Greek mar­ble from the island Paros and from the Pen­te­likon moun­tains were espe­cial­ly famous. Lat­er on, the Romans dis­cov­ered mar­ble in Tus­cany. Over­joyed, they built the Pan­theon, Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Col­umn in Rome with the new Ital­ian mar­ble. With the end of the Roman Empire, mar­ble min­ing decreased abrupt­ly. Only sev­er­al hun­dred years lat­er, the valu­able stone was redis­cov­ered and became promi­nent through artists like Michelan­ge­lo. Today, mar­ble can be found in rep­re­sen­ta­tive foy­ers, in stair­cas­es, noble hotels and also in pri­vate homes.

Through the ages, mar­ble was not only promi­nent in many palaces and oth­er gov­ern­men­tal build­ings — but also in the arts (for stat­ues) or death rit­u­als (for mau­soleums or tomb­stones). Mar­ble, being admired by humans from an ancient age, holds more than just the plea­sure of the gleam­ing sur­faces: Mar­ble is a sym­bol for strength, exclu­sive­ness, per­sis­tence and eter­ni­ty.



Our next blog arti­cle will intro­duce you to the tech­ni­cal aspects of mar­ble min­ing. If you would like to read on now, click here to read about tips on how to pick a skilled mar­ble clean­er.


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