We can all agree that when it’s laid and buffed up there is nothing quite as fine as a nice bit of marble. It just seems to convey so much. It has class, opulence, history and is also wonderfully hard wearing. Where does this magnificent stoneware come from?
To understand where it comes from you need to get into the subject of geology. If you want to know where those amazing Marble Tiles, like the ones from https://irwintiles.ie/index.php/marble-stone-tiles.html are mined then its back to a bit of terminaology. Marble is metamorphic rock. What does that mean? Well, it is referring to crystallised carbonate material. The most common are dolomite rocks and calcite. This type of rock is foliated, in other words it is made up of thin and thick layers of rock that make a sort of multilayered sparkly rock sandwich.
The word marble itself means sparkly rock. It comes from the Greek word “marmaron” that means to sparkle and flash. It’s called metamorphic rock as it is silica that is compressed by the centuries and elements and methpormohises into the many types of marble available to use.