Marble Properties and Uses in Architecture and Sculpture

Marble Properties and Uses in Architecture and Sculpture

Marble Properties and Uses in Architecture and Sculpture

Marbles are calcareous metamorphic rocks that are formed from limestone due to the action of pressure and geological processes. Marble also has a firm crystalline structure and slight porosity. Marbles are generally available in different colors due to the presence of various minerals like sand, silt and clay. While their mineral content can vary depending on the limestone impurities, the main constituent though is calcite. This is a mineral formed of calcium carbonate.

Marble in Architecture and Sculpture

Very few rocks have as many uses as marble. Marble is used for its beauty in architecture and sculpture. It is used for its chemical properties in pharmaceuticals and agriculture. Additionally, marble is used for its optical properties in cosmetics, paint, and paper.

It is used because it is an abundant, low-cost commodity in crushed stone prepared for construction projects. Marble has many unique properties that make it a valuable rock in many different industries. The photographs and captions below illustrate just a few of its varied uses.

Many Uses for Marble

Marble is a beautiful, natural substance that has been loved and used for years. It is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is subjected to extreme heat and extreme pressure. Marble has a variety of appearances and colors, and is mined from caves and quarries.

Marble has been known to humans and been around for thousands of years, and marble relics from long-gone societies are discovered every day. Today, it is most likely that you find marble used in and on buildings. Durable and attractive, marble can stand up to the elements, and survive them while maintaining its look.





Marble Flooring

Marble is most commonly used for flooring. This has been a trend for thousands of years, and a trademark of the wealthy in Europe and the Americas. Marble floors can add a touch of sophistication to otherwise drab home areas. They even make appearances in business reception areas. The most iconic marble is the white with grey or black veins that trace through the stone at random.

Marble Stairs

Can you think of anything more luxurious than marble stairs? Moving through your mansion at the edge of the beach up your incredibly beautiful stairs for an ocean view. This would be something that many would envy.

With all of the trauma that normal stairs endure, however, marble stairs can actually be a practical solution. Wood or carpet quickly shows wear and tear, ages, and can be high maintenance. Marble shows through with beauty and strength. Marble stairs and floors can cut down on your cleaning time, too.

Walls Covered with Marble

Marble walls are something covered by royalty and nobles in Europe and some parts of Asia. At once a simple wall and a masterpiece, marble walls may be slabs of marble in their natural and uninterrupted splendor, or they may be broken into the familiar squares that are cut for floors. Marble walls can be susceptible to crayons in homes with children, but marble itself is a low-maintenance solution to a nice home environment.

Counters Made of Marble

Marble counters, like granite counters, are growing in popularity. Both a bold fashion statement and a practical addition for those who love to cook. Marble counters can take all of the heat and knife marks without quickly showing damage.  

Sinks Made of Marble 

Marble sinks are all about fun. It brings the user pleasure to be able to wash their hands in a marble sink. On the practical end, marble does not erode easily under water, and makes a good material for kitchens and bathrooms for that reason.


Marble Fountains

Another fun, but luxurious item that has become a trademark of the wealthy is the marble fountain. Marble, again, doesn’t easily erode with water, and often mimics marble sculptures of days gone by. Marble fountains can be beautiful additions to your home garden, or even a small one in your bathroom for a dose of tranquility in the morning.

Columns Made of Marble

Nothing best peaks an Ancient Green mansion like marble columns. Many people with themed homes will ignore what used to be an icon for wealthy homes. But there is still fashion value in adding columns to the entrance and front rooms of your home. Wowing your family and friends with beautiful marble columns is a move. This represents privilege and style.

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