Carrara marble is characterized by its white background and distinctive gray veining. The whiter the marble, the more valuable it is. Statuary marble, another white marble, is actually a type of Carrara marble. It has minimal veining which makes it desirable for sculptures and statues. It is also sold under the names Statuario or Statuarietto.
Carrara marble is considered a high-end luxury stone worldwide. It is used for both contemporary and traditional applications, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Large format polished marble tiles are a luxurious choice for spa-like master suites. Statuary marble is favored by sculptors who carve large blocks by hand and with machines for decorative fireplace surrounds.
Carrara marble is excavated from quarries in blocks that weigh tons. The marble can be sold in this format or cut down into slabs or tiles of various sizes suitable for a range of residential and commercial projects. Marble can also come in a honed finish for a matte look, or polished so that it has a glossy reflective surface. Statuary marble has a thick texture and shine that appeals to artisans who usually give it a high-polish finish.