Calacatta Vs Carrara Marble – Know The Difference

On April 15, 2015 by Kea Jones

Calacatta and Carrara Marbles

A lot of designers and homeowners are faced with the confusion of differentiating between Calacatta and Carrara marbles. And, they aren’t much at fault for this because the differences between the Calacatta and Carrara marbles are fairly subtle and nuanced. If you haven’t been able to make out the differences, this post should help you understand the difference and therefore make a choice for your space accordingly. Read on to know.

Calacatta and Carrara marbles are often confused to be the same. In this blog I’ll try to explain the differences between both these marbles to help you distinguish between the two and make choices for your interiors accordingly.

Both Calacatta and Carrara are Italian marbles. They are both quarried from Carrara in Italy and are marbles with veins. It’s difficult to make out the difference between the two for a layman and will require an eye for detail. But when looked at closely, the differences will be evident. Here are the differences between these two Italian marbles.

Difference between Calacatta and Carrara Marbles

Calacatta and Carrara Marbles

  • Veining The pattern of veins in Calacatta and Carrara is different. While Calacatta exhibits a thicker and larger gray veins, Carrara has liner and thinner gray veins. Among the two, Calacatta’s veins give it a dramatic appearance whereas Carrara’s veins are mellow and more nuanced.
  • Color Calacatta is much whiter than Carrara. In fact, Carrara is grayish in color as compared to Calacatta. The contrast of thick gray veins against a pure white background also contributes to the drama of Calacatta. On the other hand, Carrara’s fine gray veins against a grayish background give it a sophisticated elegance.
  • PriceThe general approach to pricing of marbles apply here as well. The whiter the marble the more expensive it is, and the more uniform the veining is, the more pricey the marble is. Also, Carrara is easily available as compared to Calacatta which is rare. Hence, the Calacatta marble is more expensive than Carrara.

Calacutta Marbles

Calacatta being the more dramatic, is mostly used as a highlights or as a focal point in a room, whereas Carrara is used generously. Calacatta marble work great as kitchen worktops against a pure white kitchen whereas, Carrara work great for backsplashes. What we mean to say essentially, is that Carrara is a classic whereas Calacatta is a showstopper. Now that you know the differences between the two, you’ll be able to decide which one you’d want to go with.

Carrara Classic Marble

So, which one of the two – Calacatta or Carrara, are you going to choose for your kitchen or bathroom and how do you plan to use it? Share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comments below; I’d love to hear from you as well.

One Response to “Calacatta Vs Carrara Marble – Know The Difference”

  • The final choice between the 2 qualities is just based on 2 factors: personal taste and budget.

    There are a lot of people or interior designer who could afford the cost of Calacatta Marble in their project but they prefer to go for Carrara Marble due to its softer vein pattern and less catchy look.

    Then there are projects where people would like to use Calacatta marble but they don’t have the budget for it.

    I personally love Calacatta Gold marble and i would go for it without any doubts


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