Carrara, Italy. It’s actually a place.
On a recent trip to Italy, we took a detour and visited the town of Carrara, where the famous Carrara Marble has been chiseled from the mountains, for centuries. I found it fascinating to see this gorgeous stone in it’s original form, out of the earth, and follow it to the point of being in a kitchen, in Jacksonville, Florida. The pictures below show the progression from being chiseled from the quarry, to the men that actually work to get it into slabs, to preparing the slabs at the port to be ready to ship all over the world, to the counter top in my showroom, at MDS Design Studio. Sure, there are a few more steps than that, but you get the gist.
A brief history of Carrara reveals that by the end of the 19th century, Carrara hadbecome the 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. And, although most people know that Michael Angelo specifically went to Carrara and picked out the actual stone in which he carved the statue of David, here is a list of some other well known buildings and monuments that have been carved from the same mountain.
- Marble Arch, London
- Duomo di Siena, Siena, Italy
- Sarcophagus of St. Hedwig, Queen of Poland, Cracow, Poland
- Manila Cathedral (interior), Manila, Philippines
- First Canadian Place, Toronto, Canada
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Harvard Medical School buildings, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway
- Peace Monument, Washington, DC, USA
- King Edward VII Memorial, Birmingham, UK
- Akshardham, Delhi
- Aon Center (Chicago) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
- Robba Fountain, Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Over 1000 years after the quarries at Carrara were discovered, the marble is still extremely popular. In fact, the majority of the kitchens that we have designed and installed in the last two years, include Carrara marble counters, along with white cabinetry. To see pictures of the kitchens that we have completed, or to find out more information of how we work with our customers, please visit our website at www.millworkdesignstudio.com or call us at 904-399-1636.