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Crema Marfil: timeless beauty for your home

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Crema Marfil is a beige marble produced in Spain that is very popular because of how it elegantly blends with wood and many other different surfaces.


Located in Eastern Spain, “El monte Coto”, which is about an hour drive away from Alicante and two hours from Valencia, is home to the largest natural stone quarry in the world: the original Crema Marfil quarry. There, hundreds of marble blocks are extracted daily and sent to the local factories where they are transformed into slabs or tile.
Crema Marfil is the most popular marble in the world due to its mild beige tones that make it suitable for any ambiance, modern or traditional, and that enhance the beauty of the surfaces and colors around it. It has been produced for over fifty years during which it has been the stone of choice for many prestigious architects and designers in their famous buildings and mansions around the world.
Crema Marfil is classified into three different categories based mainly on the amount of veins displayed by the stone. First of all, we shall remind the reader that Crema Marfil is a natural stone and, as such and regardless of its category, it will always have veins and movement. The base category is called “Classic” and it typically features larger and more numerous veins. The “Standard” category is the most popular because it is cleaner than the classic but still displays the natural touch of veins. The “First” category is the cleanest and most rare and expensive.
Crema Marfil’s tone can range from a lighter and even whiter background to a darker and browner color. Tone does not affect quality; it really depends on personal preferences.
A darker shade of Crema Marfil
A lighter shade of Crema Marfil
Crema Marfil is produced in three different finishes. The most popular is the polished (shiny surface) finish. The honed (matt) finish is always a good choice for those who want a different look. The Antique finish is the most exclusive and rare but it is growing in popularity because it enhances the natural feel and touch of the stone as the slight carving on the veins makes the surface rugged but still smooth. The antique finish can enhance the beauty of any floor (both outdoors and indoors) and any vanity top.
Crema Marfil Antique
Regardless of the category and finish you can be sure that Crema Marfil will fit perfectly in your home and will display its timeless beauty through the years.

The quest for the right look

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Choosing between stone types

Each natural stone type has different structural properties that have an impact on its look and feel. From up close, granite, as its name indicates, has a more granular look as opposed to marble or quartzite’s smoother feel. From a distance, granite and quartzite constitute the epitome of natural stone’s beauty: lots of movement, veins and variation with a rich combination of colors that make each piece unique. If a friend picks the same granite for her countertop, it may look like yours but it will never be the same.

Marble, in some of its more high-end options like Calacatta and Statuary White (which have been quarried for centuries Carrara, the heart of the Italian Tuscany) also present those beautifully and naturally crafted veins. Combined with the luminosity that their white background brings, Italian marble always delivers the wow factor. Most marbles, limestones and sandstones, however, have a more standard, one color look with occasional veins and spots making it perfect as a background choice on floors and walls.

Onyx and natural quartz share a unique quality that adds to their magnificence: they are translucent. They are often installed with light bulbs behind them that, when turned on, make the stone glow and enhance the radiance of its colors. Onyx is a more delicate stone often used in table tops, bar tops and occasionally, bathrooms. Quartz is very hard and resistant and it is therefore suitable for any application.

Semi precious stones constitute the ultimate choice for luxury homes. Uniquely stunning pieces of jewellery for your home that never go unnoticed and are easy to fall in love with.


Discovering your favorite combination of color and pattern

Color is the attribute that makes natural stone such an interesting choice because of the variety of options and combinations available. It’s not a question of whether you’ll find the exact color you are looking for, it’s whether you’ll be able to select one of the many matches you’ll find. Furthermore, natural stone has the ability to surprise you. It’s not unusual for our customers to enter our showroom with a stone in mind and to walk out selecting something different. That is because walking around our exclusive Stone Gallery they found that stone that touched something deep inside of them and made them change their mind.


Selecting the finish that enhances the beauty of the stone you have picked

The most popular finish for natural stone is and has always been the polished finish. It’s that shiny and smooth look that always delivers and never gets obsolete. The other traditionally popular is the honed finish; the standard for limestone and sandstone and commonly used in marble and travertine, it stands as a non-reflective alternative to polishing stone.

In recent years and since honing granite never became too popular, a new and improved non-reflective finish has been growing in popularity: the leather finish. It’s called leather because, rather than presenting a smooth and uniform surface, it enhances each granite’s natural veins and movement by slightly carving the softer areas of the surface. The result is a leather-like feel that makes your granite countertop look more unique and natural.

The antique and tumbled finishes on marble and travertine generate an effect comparable to leather on those stones.

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