Crema Marfil is probably the best known Spanish marble in the world. However, technically speaking, it is not actually a marble but a limestone. But because it is a fine-grained, hard stone that can be polished, the confusion is understandable.
Spain boasts a large selection of marbles including the hard limestones that are commonly known as marbles. The colours range from the white Blanco Macael to the black Nero Marquina and from the cream Crema Marfil through the red Rojo Alicante to the chocolate brown of the Dark Emperador, or Marron Imperial, as it is sometimes known.
The colour of the Macael marble is not just limited to white (Blanco). It is available with varying shades of grey (Gris Macael) which might be expected from a white marble quarry. From the same quarry, we also get green (Verde Macael) and golden yellow (Amarillo Alhambra Macael) which is really quite different. In addition, there is another Macael marble that has a mix of the colours running in long veins on a white background and is known as Anasol. The Macael is a really versatile marble and can be used as residential and commercial flooring, both internal and external as well as for carving sculptures, staircases, basins, bathtubs, fire surrounds etc. The Blanco Macael works really well with Nero Marquina to create a classic black and white chequerboard marble floor. Consider pairing the Blanco Macael with the Grey Macael to create an alternative, more subtle effect.
Nero Marquina, another well known Spanish marble (actually limestone), is quarried in northern Spain, close to the French border. It is a jet black stone with crisp white veins but can also show some subtle fossil markings that are more evident when the stone is honed. It is often paired with white Blanco Macael or the white Italian Carrara marble and laid as a black and white chequerboard floor.
For more Spanish stone that resembles marble, have a look at our Spanish Limestone page.