FUN FACTS ABOUT MARBLE
Here are some interesting facts about marble you may not know.
Marble is actually a limestone in the origin. Limestone turns into marble when it is subjected to high amounts of pressure and heat.
The name marble derives from the Greek word “marmaros” and means “shining stone”.
The word ‘marble’ is also used for other stones that can be polished well.
Powdered marble is used as an ingredient in paints, toothpaste, and plastics. Pharmaceutical companies use pulverized marble to neutralize acids. It is one of the components of medicines like Alka-Seltzer and Tums, which are used to alleviate acid indigestion.
Impurities such as clay, minerals, iron oxides or bituminous are what gives marble its color.
Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, was recorded in the 2013 Guinness Book of Records as having the world’s highest concentration of white marble buildings. And ''The Taj Mahal'' in India is made entirely of marble.
Many Egyptian pyramids used to be gleaming white thousands of years ago. Pyramid builders used white marble stone for larger pyramids and beige marble for smaller pyramids. Marble blocks were even used to decorate Egyptian temples in the past. But marble stones were removed during the caliphate period to build mosques.
As the favorite medium for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects, marble has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste.
Marble doesn’t hold heat; it is used to naturally cool interior spaces in hot climates.
Marble is hypoallergenic – The density and low-porosity of marble make it hypoallergenic. Unlike carpets that collect dust and animal dander, marble doesn’t collect allergens. That’s why marble is a popular choice with homeowners with allergy concerns.
No two marble slabs will have the exact same pattern – If you want a unique look for your floors or countertops, marble is the best material for you.