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Adventures in the Carrara Valley: Exploring Calacatta Borghini Marble

The Borghini quarry is one of the oldest operating quarries in the Carrara Region in Italy. The Borghini family has owned the quarry for many years and produces the most sought after Italian marble in the world – Calacatta Gold Borghini marble. From Architects in Beijing to New York, everyone is eager to see what the Borghini quarry will extract next.

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The Borghini Quarry in the Carrara Region in Italy. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

The History of Calacatta Borghini Marble

The Borghini quarry is located in the heart of the Apuan Mountains, known as the Carrara Region in Italy. This Italian marble was the primary source of stone for Roman Architecture as well as Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo. This region is known for producing snowy white marble, unlike anything else seen in the world. According to the New York Times, the Calacatta Borghini quarry is one of the oldest quarries in the Carrara region and some of the quarry’s cuts can be traced to Roman Times.

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The ceiling of the incredible Calacatta Borghini Quarry in Carrara, Italy. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

What does Calacatta Borghini marble look like?

Calacatta stone has an very white background with pronounced, yet delicate grey veining that sweeps consistently across the canvas. Calacatta noted with “Extra” on the end of its title means that the canvas is whiter than most. On occasion, the Borghini quarry will extract Calacatta with gold veining or gold hues, which is very rare and makes for an incredible statement slab. While Calacatta Borghini is remarkable, a large, consistent slab of Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra is an exceptionally rare find.

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Aria Stone Gallery’s 2cm Calacatta Gold Borghini Extra Marble, noted as an “absolute perfect slab” by Graziani of the Borghini Quarry

Where does Calacatta Borghini Marble come from?

The Calacatta Borghini marble quarry is located in the opulent Apuan Alps, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy. The quarry consists of two main areas: the side of the mountain and the interior of the mountain. The side of the mountain is the more common extraction area, and the inside of the mountain is home to the most rare and prestigious Borghini Gold marble.

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Outside looking in. The side of the Calacatta Borghini Quarry in the Carrara Mountains. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Calacatta Borghini Marble Production

Today, production of Borghini marble in the Apuan Mountains is very limited, which makes the stone rare and very sought-after. For example, in quarries across the world, stone is typically sold per cubic meter; however, the Borghini blocks are sold by the ton. This makes each pound of the beautiful white marble, with its famous soft golden background, highly valued in the marketplace.

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The busy Borghini Quarry is one of the most exclusive and prestigious producers of marble in the world. Image courtesy of Aria Stone Gallery.

Where can I find Calacatta Borghini in the United States?

Due to the rarity of Calacatta Borghini marble, there are few retailers in the world – let alone the United States – that have access to sell this majestic marble because Calacatta Borghini is so rare. Exotic stone suppliers, such as Aria Stone Gallery, will have the opportunity to sell Borghini only a few times a year. Aria Stone Gallery also offers the opportunity to visit the Calacatta Borghini quarry in Italy to personally hand-select your stone from the very same mountains that Michelangelo admired so dearly.

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