It can be easy for homeowners, architects and interior designers to get confused about the naming of certain types of marble. Part of the reason is that many within the stone industry are themselves confused and use the wrong names. And – of course – the fact that most marble names are in either Italian, Spanish or Portuguese does not help!
Calacatta marble is probably the most evident example and, to make things even more confusing, it is quarried in Carrara, in Tuscany – the same area where the famous Bianco Carrara marble comes from! So since it seems to have so many names and spellings, which one is correct?
The right answer is “Calacatta”, with 2 “t”s.
Names like “Calacata” are common misspellings that persist within the industry and are sometimes perpetuated by those who know better, just for the sake of being understood… and I am guilty of that myself sometimes.
The name “Calcutta” stems from both misspelling and confusion with famous marble structures and buildings in India like the Taj Mahal and the Marble Palace at Kolkata — and it doesn’t help that Kolkata sounds a lot like Calacatta! While there is plenty of stone (either limestone, slate or sandstone), marble and granite quarried in India, Calacatta marble does not come from India, as some might incorrectly guess. Finally, “Calacutta” is just a misspelling of “Calcutta” and neither is correct.
Also, it is important to remember that Calacatta marble has a number of varieties (depending on the pigmentation) and selections (depending on the quality). For example, the most popular variety is Calacatta Oro (also known as Calacatta Gold), whose uniqueness is warm golden veining. When the veining tends to be more silver (still warm, though), it can be called Calacatta Classico or Statuario marble. This has different selections: Statuario Extra has the whitest and purest background. As you might guess, the whiter and purer the background, the higher the price tag.
Here’s an overview of varieties of Calacatta marble.
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