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Marble Fireplace Mantels Article
When most of us think about the places we use marble in our homes we tend to think about our counter tops and perhaps even our floors. While these are indeed very popular places to use marble for its long lasting beauty these are not the only places we can use marble. For many centuries marble fireplace mantels have graced some of the most beautiful homes in the world. Once considered a material that only the elite could afford to have in their homes, you will now find that many people are choosing marble for its natural beauty. Marble is one of nature's most beautiful naturally occurring stones and has been used throughout history in construction and art. The ancient Greeks and Romans used marble to create floors, columns an statues many of which can still be seen standing looking almost as beautiful as the day they were finished and set in place. Many of the homes of the wealthy citizens of these long gone days featured marble fireplace mantels that can still be seen today. We sell natural marble, granite, limestone and slate fireplace surrounds.
What is it about marble fireplace mantels that made them so popular so many centuries ago and equally as popular today? There are many different types of marble that occur throughout the world and as such it comes in a tremendous variety of colors and patterns. Much as you will never find two snowflakes that look alike, you will never find two pieces of real or manufactured marble that look the same. This is because as natural marble is formed over many centuries it develops its own totally unique appearance based on the minerals in the ground where it is found. In manufactured marble mantels, the marble and vein colorings are artfully mixed and hand-twisted by skilled craftsmen as the thick stone mixture is placed into its mold, and once hardened, no two sections will be alike. This unique quality is something that sets apart marble, as no two marble fireplace mantels look exactly alike even if the marble was excavated from the same quarry or made on the same day. Of course mantels made from natural marble can be somewhat cost prohibitive and today Design The Space offers marble mantels cast/manufactured with marble dust, colorants and binding agents, made in molds, that have the same character, durability, look and feel as natural marble, but not as expensive. With these manufactured cast marble fireplace mantels you can still select the color of marble you would like to have and can have them customized with some dimension changes, and even have input into the amount of veining, and the coloration. These mantels reproduce the looks found on many of the marble fireplaces found in Europe dating from as far back as Greco-Roman times.
The big difference is that you will not have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to obtain the marble and find a skilled artisan to carve it for you over six months or more. If you are interested in marble fireplace mantels for your home and looking for the right company to design and create one, there is only one place you should look. At Design the Space you will find a wonderful selection of marble mantels styles and colors and we are ready to ready to work with you on some customization, if needed to better fit your space. These mantels are made using 99% renewable or reclaimed materials and are guaranteed to accurately embody all of the character of the original piece.