Although still not as widely known or 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 few years 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 many different versions of this marble from different parts of the quarries. Every block and slab is unique but we can categorise them broadly as follows:
Rosa Aurora Rosa marble: 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 marble: a more subtle pink/cream background colour with soft pastel coloured veins.
Rosa Aurora Classic marble: a generally white background with a mix of pastel coloured veins.
Rosa Aurora Claro marble: 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 marble: also known as Estremoz Azul marble. This has a white background and strong blue veins with occasional brown and cream colouring.
The marbles of Portugal are known by several different names: Rosa Aurora, Estremoz, Rosa Portogallo and are quarried in Eastern Portugal. It is sometimes called the Portuguese Calacatta marble because of the well defined veining that enables this marble to be beautifully bookmatched.
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