Italian Marble Vs Indian Marble – Which One Is Best For Your Home?

by Devna Tiwari | January 20, 2024 | 4 mins read

Italian marble vs indian marble - which is best for home

Read through to find out which is better Italian marble or Indian marble and make an informed decision.

Marble is a commonly used material in the world of home interiors and is used almost everywhere from living rooms, bedrooms to kitchen countertops. It adds a timeless elegance to any corner of your home. The two most popular variants of this stone are Indian and Italian marble.

Both these varieties are available in a broad range of vein designs and colours and choosing one that’s right for your home can be an overwhelming task if it is your first time. Here in this blog we help you make an informed choice on the variant that will suit your budget and lifestyle better. So let’s deep dive in the wonderful world of marble and to know the difference between Italian and Indian marble.

What Is Italian Marble?

Italian marble is widely famous for its delicate veins and a glossy shine. It is quarried in Italy and is readily available in India too. This type of marble is usually available in slabs. The most preferred variety of Italian marble is the white marble from Carrara. Because of its lustrous look, Italian marble is most commonly used as a decorative element on wall panelling, flooring, pooja room embellishments and the like.

Italian marble is a famous marble in india and italian marble used as a decorative element on wall panelling, flooring, pooja room
A living room with a wall partition in Italian marble with gold panel work. A pooja unit alongside has been built in the same material to complete the look
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What Is Indian Marble?

Indian marble is quarried mainly in the Northern part of India, making it an economical option available in a broad range of colours and patterns. It has a medium lustre and is a comparatively dense stone. Indian marble is commonly used as a flooring material, for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity and flooring and as tabletops around the home.

 Indian marble is commonly used as a flooring material, for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity and flooring
A modular kitchen with a marble countertop. The backsplash and flooring have also been designed and built with Indian marble that together give this space an elegant touch

Italian Marble And Indian Marble Price

Italian marble is one of the most excellent varieties of marbles in the world. It’s available in a variety of price ranges with the most economical starting from as low as Rs 150 per square foot, and the premium range costing over Rs 4000 for a square foot.

On the other hand, Indian marble is way more economical and affordable. Its pricing starts at Rs 150 per square foot. When determining the total cost, you must add the costs of cutting the slabs to your required size and pattern.

Marble requires a specialized artisans for the cutting work. Depending on how detailed and intricate the design is the overall price can go up to Rs 2000 – 2,500 per square foot. Also it is important to note that marble needs to be polished, buffed and sealed with tin oxide. This polishing costs approximately Rs 40 per square foot.

Cleaning Tips For Indian And Italian Marble

Marble regardless of its type is a stone that needs a high level of maintenance to ensure it looks good. Its porous nature makes it extremely prone to chips and cracks and it’s this flaw that becomes quite evident on a clean surface. To help you maintain this delicate stone, here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips for marble:

  • Acidic items like vinegar and lemon will leave spots on marble; hence you must quickly wipe off any spills.
  • Apply diluted non chemical cleaners that are not harsh and do not include any strong chemicals.
  • It’s essential to seal the surface regularly with a durable sealant that creates a protective boundary. Each time water stops beading on the surface, it’s a sign that it requires sealing.
  • Marble needs to be re-polished every few years using carborundum stone, to revive the glossy luster.
  • The water you use for mopping the floor should not be hard and must be chemical free.
Cleaning tips for italian marble and indian marble
Marble needs delicate care to maintain its lustrous sheen
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And that a wrap! We hope this blog now gives you the best of both worlds: Italian and India. Before choosing the right kind of marble for your home ensure you choose one that suits for lifestyle and budget. When it comes to elegance nothing matches the pure beauty of marble, so don’t shy away go make a classy choice!

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Devna Tiwari is a content writer at Design Cafe's home interiors blog.

Devna Tiwari

Devna Tiwari is a content writer at DesignCafe and comes with four years of experience. She walks undeterred, heads up against all odds and sits down to write about them. When she is not out there capturing every moment to permanence or trying out new restaurants, she is busy planning her next voyage. She is also the author of the book The Surrogate Girlfriend.

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