The History of Calacatta Borghini
Calacatta Borghini marble is a well known, luxury marble. Essentially, it’s the original “calacatta”, having undergone a particular process of re-crystallization which has made it stronger, more durable, yet transparent. Thus making it suitable for a wide range of applications, as well as possessing that distinctive porcelain color and distinctive veining. Over the centuries, countless artists and architects followed in Michelangelo Buonarroti’s steps to utilize that aura of classicism into the marble, together with its inalienable identity of material of excellence.
The quarry site, in The Apuan Alps, overlooking the ancient quarrymen village of Torano, is named Ruggetta (from the Italian word “ruggine” meaning rust, referring to the characteristic color of its ground and the branded rusty-copper veining) and it has been a source since the time of the ancient Romans. Michelangelo Buonarroti himself was a customer of Ruggetta marble: a public registered contract, dated 16th of March 1517, states that the artist bought some “particulary white and pure marble as the one that God put in the place called Ruggetta” for the worked is has been commissioned. Just like Michelangelo himself showed in his works, the marble from this site has been widely used in sculpture, architecture and design. Today, Calacata Borghini is appreciated and recognized globally.
Calacatta Borghini means “natural-born elegance”; a beautiful natural stone, warm and luxurious, unique, with a perfect texture to the touch. Its always-changing yet typical veining, its whiteness and elegance make it perfect for furniture, bathrooms, kitchens and houseware. The other top trend stone of the quarry is Blu Crestola (Crestola is the name of mountain where Ruggetta location is based on), a Bardiglio marble, which is a kind of negative photographic version of Calacatta Borghini, a grey-blue base with a pure white veining. This material is highly prized in sculpture and lends itself to beautiful architectural and design projects all over the world. You can find Borghini in iconic luxury hotels such as the Plaza Athenèe in Paris or in the exclusive suites of The Dorchester Hotel in London. Be welcomed in the contemporary trendy restaurant of the Hilton in Kiev, walk on a Borghini floor in the Opera House in Copenhagen, enter a private house on Park Avenue or residence in Aspen. What will you use Calacatta Borghini for?
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