A brief history of marble
How marble left a mark on history…
Marble is a stone that has been loved for centuries. Many, if not most, of the world's cultures have marble somewhere in their history.
Marble is derived from limestone, which is compressed over time and exposed to heat. The signature look of marble in the form of a pale white stone with elongated gray veins is what you imagine when you think of marble. However, the marble can be of different colors and patterns.
Marble in Ancient Egypt
Although it was not mined in such large quantities as limestone, it was marble that was found in the tombs of pharaohs and high-ranking officials. The Great Pyramids are a sight to see outside of Giza in Egypt. Marble vessels were placed in the graves of the kings, which contained their organs, including their hearts and lungs, so that they could have them in the afterlife. The marble vials are carved in the shape of sacred animals, inlaid with gold or other fine carvings, and placed next to the royal sarcophagus, which was also inlaid with marble and gold. Marble and gold were the best building and finishing materials in Ancient Egypt, and they were adored by everyone.
Marble in Ancient Greece
When one thinks of Ancient Greece, the first thing that comes to mind is probably men and women in togas topped with green wreaths, the Trojan War, and a parade of glittering white marble. Ancient Greece, however, didn't just use marble for good homes and great public spaces. Marble was also used to create some of the most beautiful works of art of the period. The Venus de Milo is one of the most famous sculptures that ever graced the Louvre in Paris, France, and it was carved from marble in Ancient Greece. Like sculpture, marble itself is the standard of beauty in ancient Europe for buildings and art.
Marble in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Europe's love of marble survived the dark ages after the fall of the Roman Empire to penetrate the floors of the most majestic cathedrals and palaces. The best homes, usually reserved for royal families, also have marble floors and marble fixtures. Marble lamps, such as sinks and clocks, would become popular among the European bourgeoisie in the 19th century.
Marble in Renaissance Asia
The bright marble star of Asia is the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal is a magnificent white marble mausoleum built in the mid-17th century by the king for his beloved wife. The structure is located near the river, and attracts thousands of people from all over the world every year.
Marble has made an impression in many places around the world and continues to bring new love and light to homes.