Few materials connote luxury quite like the look of Calacatta marble. Brilliantly white, with striking, complicated veins of gold racing through the stone, Calacatta has become a high-end design staple.
Inspired by the natural beauty of Calacatta marble, Lucciare’s preeminent design team has engineered two Calacatta patterns of manmade stone – Calacatta Gold and Calacatta Antique – which pay homage to this unsurpassed beauty while increasing durability and sustainability.
Calacatta marble comes from Carrara, Italy – a region that gives its name to another famous marble. These quarries in Carrara have produced more marble than any other place in the world. This marble has been used by some of the most famous artists – Michaelangelo, Canova – and used to construct some of the most famous buildings in the world – Marble Arch, The Pantheon.
But what is the difference between these two marbles quarried out of Carrara? Carrara marble, the most popular marble in Italy, has a beautiful, softly grey exterior, complete with demure and feathery veins. Calacatta, on the other hand, is much rarer. Its brilliant white appearance, combined with bold veins that vary from brown to gold, make it a striking, unmistakable material that elevates any interior design.
It is this beautiful, dramatic veining against stark-white marble that inspired Lucciare to create these luxury patterns: Calacatta Gold and Calacatta Antique.
Today, many of the orginal Carrara quarries have been worked out or abandoned. Lucciare’s Calacatta-inspired engineered countertops portray dramatic and transitional veins that rise and fall in thickness across a brilliant-white surface. These designs are multi-layered superimpositions; the gold-tinged veins are fully incorporated throughout the depth of the stone. The stone itself is far more durable than mined marble with a Mohs rating of 7 as opposed to 3 for Calacatta. Lucciare’s sustainable engineering process completely removes invasive strip-mining and quarrying from production and instead uses post-industrial recycled materials to create eco-friendly surfaces that make an ethical and elegant addition to any home.
The result is a durable, sustainable, and elegant surface that pays homage to the great marbles of history while serving the needs of the present.