Friday, June 3, 2016

Is it Carrara or Carrera?

You’d be surprised to see how often people misspelled this gorgeous stone! We hate to admit it, but its a bit of a pet peeve of ours. So we’re here to straighten out the confusion. The spelling and pronunciation is often confused. The photo pretty much tells it all
CARRARA = MARBLE (Named after the town/quarry the marble comes from in Italy)
CARRERA = Porsche Model

Spelling makes ALL the difference!

Correct spelling of the famous Calacutta

Short Answer: Calacatta
Longer Answer:  It’s most properly called Calacatta Marble, with two “t’s”
It’s easy for homeowners to get confused about the naming of some types of marble that are commonly used in kitchen countertops/vanities. And part of the reason homeowners get confused is that many kitchen designers, decorators, and even granite fabricators are confused by the spelling and pronunciation.
And to make things even more confusing, Calacatta Marble also comes from the region of Italy known as Carrara – the same place that Carrara Marble comes from!
So since it seems to have so many names and spellings, which is correct?
Strictly speaking names like “Calacata” are just common misspellings for Calacatta, but are so pervasive that they persist within the building products industry. And sometimes they’re perpetuated even by those who know better, just for the sake of being understood. And we’re guilty of that ourselves sometimes.
The name “Calcutta” marble stems from both misspelling, and confusion with famous marble structures in India; Like the Taj Mahal or the MarblePalace at Kolkata. And it doesn’t help that Kolkata sounds a lot like Calacatta! And while there is plenty of stone, marble, and granite quarried in India. Calacatta Marble by definition comes exclusively from Italy. “Calacutta” is just a misspelling of “Calcutta” but neither is correct when referring to Calacatta Marble. 

Spelling can mean two different things! When you’re referencing ‪#‎marble‬, make sure you spell it correct; which is = ‪#‎Calacatta‬. If you spell it like this = ‪#‎Calcutta‬, your referring to a city in India!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fireplace Surrounds with Soapstone

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ornate Travertine fireplace

This Fireplace mantle was fabricated from a few 3cm Noce Travertine slabs. It has an ornate scroll on the face of the mantle and the legs & base are somewhat simple, so it won’t take an attention away from the beautiful pattern on the top.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Custom solid stone sink

Found the perfect marble for a stone sink! Too bad we had to cut into a solid stone column for it. This is a red Italian marble called Rojo Alicante.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What is "the Edge"?

What does it mean when they say "what edge would you like?" When referring to kitchen countertops, or hearths, vanities, tub deck etc. When they want to know the edge, it means the most outer surface. Your stone fabricator will sand the edge (the profile) to not only have the same honed or polished finish as the surface, but to shape it. You can have a flat (eased) or rounded (bullnose) or beveled (angled). Whatever you like, you can have; but at a price. Most of the edges have different prices. If you want a fancy edge, you will most likely pay more per lineal foot, because it is more time consuming or labor intensive. The simplest edge you can have, is an eased (square or flat) edge. Here is a picture of where the edge is and the sink cutouts. The picture illustrates that they used a 2cm (3/4") thick material on this marble island, which seems to be the new trend. Its a bit contemporary, however if you look at any antique with marble, they are always this thickness. The stone industry as only come out with the 3cm (1-1/4") material within the last 12 years or so. Because not only do a lot of fabricators not know how to laminate (glue an edge to make it appear thicker), its a bit cheaper on fabrication costs.