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Carrara vs. Calacatta Marble: What Is the Difference?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

Two of the main differences in Carrara and Calacatta is that the Carrara is usually a muddy white base – the background color tends to have a more grayish tone to it, than white. On the other hand, Calacatta tends to have a purer white background. The other difference is that Carrara will have softer gray veining and usually Calacatta will have a thicker gray vein running through it. The differences are actually quite difficult to tell to the untrained eye. Here are two very distinct images so you can see the differences in terms of the background color and the veining. The first image is Calacatta and the second is Carrara:

These two examples are a little more obvious. Sometimes, as the pictures above with the Calacutta they can also have a goldish tone running through them. This is a specific type of marble aptly named Calacatta Gold.

In general, Carrara tends to be grayer with softer veining, while Calacatta is whiter with bolder more dramatic veining. There are additional subtle differences and once you know what to look for, you should be able to distinguish between Carrara and Calacatta. Calacatta is rarer than Carrara and is considered a luxury stone. The patterning on Calacatta is predominately larger and thick. Carrara veining tends to be linear.


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