In Awe at Marcolini Marmi
Many people in the US have marble or granite countertops and spend time carefully choosing the color, pattern, material, and finish. After visiting Marcolini Marmi in Grezzana, Italy, I can’t imagine how anyone would choose from the amazing variety of patterns and colors that they produce. We saw black granite and white marble, but also amazing colors of blue, yellow, aqua, cream, pink, and too many others to mention in stripes and swirls and ribbons. Onyx is transparent and lighting it from behind is a gorgeous effect.
We started the tour with a short video and general information and quickly moved on to see how huge blocks of stone moved through the production process. Some blocks are cut into slabs for shipping or to custom sizes. Other blocks move through the line for making tiles. Because marble and other stones they process are natural products, breaks or inclusions must be avoided, creating a lot of waste. When one of the workers flung a large piece of scrap into a bin full of broken pieces, I wanted to save the beauty! Fortunately for my sensibilities, the waste is sold to others who make use of smaller pieces.
The production lines are full of very large equipment with blades to shape the blocks into perfect squares, then cut many slabs at once and further into smaller pieces if required. The air was full of dust and noise, but the end result is definitely awe inspiring.