Bianco Carrara is quarried from a bedrock quarry in Carrara, Italy and is one of the many white marbles produced in this area. However, period of time because of the harsh condition of snow and ice, Bianco Carrara is the least expensive of the white marbles coming from this region. Bianco Venatino is another white marble from this region. It slightly higher price point. Small pin holes are common in Bianco Carrara, as well as within other white marble that are produced in the surrounding area. It is also a softer stone, and may be susceptible to scratching or abrasion. The tile and slab com from different layer in the quarry. Therefore, it is important to note that if both are being used in a project, it is recommended to verify the colors prior to purchase and installation. There will be noticeable variations in colors and movement between pieces. Therefore, it is important and recommended that a range of this product be viewed before finalizing a purchase. Due to the qualities of the stone, the slabs are book-matched; meaning slabs one and slab two will be cut and polished to create a mirror image of each other. These are then kept in sequence. which allows for a consistent flow in patter. As a natural Stone Product, It is recommended that it be sealed to extend its longevity.
“Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the marble quarries were monitored by the Cybo and Malaspina families who ruled over Massa and Carrara. The family created the Office of Marble in 1564 to regulate the marble mining industry. The city of Massa, in particular, saw much of its plan redesigned (new roads, plazas, intersections, pavings) in order to make it worthy of an Italian country’s capital. Following the extinction of the Cybo-Malaspina family, the state was ruled by the House of Austria and management of the mines rested with them. The Basilica of Massa is built entirely of Carrara marble and the old Ducal Palace of Massa was used to showcase the precious stone.
By the end of the 19th century, Carrara had become a cradle of anarchism in Italy, in particular among the quarry workers. According to a New York Times article of 1894, workers in the marble quarries were among the most neglected labourers in Italy. Many of them were ex-convicts or fugitives from justice. The work at the quarries was so tough and arduous that almost any aspirant worker with sufficient muscle and endurance was employed, regardless of their background.
The quarry workers and stone carvers had radical beliefs that set them apart from others. Anarchism and general radicalism became part of the heritage of the stone carvers. Many violent revolutionists who had been expelled from Belgium and Switzerland went to Carrara in 1885 and founded the first anarchist group in Italy. In Carrara, the anarchist Galileo Palla remarked, “even the stones are anarchists.” The quarry workers were the main protagonists of the Lunigiana revolt in January 1894.