The word ‘marble’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘shining stone’, aptly describing this masonry dream, which was highly regarded and often used by master painter and sculptor, Michaelangelo. He favoured Carrara marble due to its beauty, white gleam, beautiful reflection qualities and stunning malleability. A soft stone that originated in Greece, marble has been a symbol of prestige through the ages since 447 BC when the Parthenon was designed and constructed on the Athenian Acropolis.
Greece is built on a bed of marble, which has been mined in the Penteli mountain quarry for hundreds of years and is still used in the construction of buildings, statues and monumental structures throughout the nation. The stunning organic production certainly holds a beauty no other stone can match with its heavily veined façade, and variable firmness.
A beautiful natural mineral, marble was the fundamental construction material in Greek architecture for 3 400 years. Before other nations realised they had their own marble foundations – although no expanse matches that of Greece – countries across the world saw the beauty in the stunning white glistening stones of the Athenian nation, and Greece starting exporting their stone.
Ordered by countries across the globe, marble is still considered one of the finest symbols of wealth and prestige and is still consistently used in synergy with leading-edge concepts by highly-regarded artists and architects across the world.