Although still not as widely used in the UK as Italian marble, Portuguese marble is steadily gaining recognition in architectural design circles. We have delivered a number of projects using this marble in the last year to interior designers and private clients for bathrooms and also to London restaurants where it has been used on bar tops and feature display panels as well as table tops.
Portuguese marble quarries produce a wide variety of highly distinctive marbles ranging from subtle pink colouring to striking blue veining. Used as a bespoke feature item this marble has a stunning effect on a room setting.
The most famous Portuguese marble is the Estremoz marble, also known as Rosa Aurora. There are several versions of this marble from different parts of the quarry:
Rosa Aurora Rosa: an impressive marble with varying shades of pink as the background colour and with strong veining. Sometimes, the pink can be very bold.
Rosa Aurora Crema: a more subtle pink/cream background colour with soft pastel coloured veins.
Rosa Aurora Classic: a generally white background with a mix of pastel coloured veins.
Rosa Aurora Claro: a white background with cinnamon brown veining. Works well as a warmer coloured alternative to the Italian black/grey veined white marbles.
Rosa Aurora Azul: the rarest form of Rosa Aurora with a white background and strong blue veins with occasional brown and cream colouring.
See our blog articles for more information on Portuguese Marble.