Nero Marquina versus China Black with 400 Years of History


Nero Marquina is on the right and China Black is on the left.  China black is covered in white veining.  Nero Marquina has only one or two white veins per tile.

Nero Maquina from The Builder DepotNero Marquina has thin long vein, generally 1-2mm in width.  China black is a mess (definitely not a technical term but probably describes the veining on China black best) of veining.


Nero Marquina Hexagon 1×1″ Polished Hexagon Mosaic is $11.45 a sheet.  You can see how dark and rich the color is.  By contrast China Black 1×1″ Hexagon is below.  This is polished as well.  But it almost has a slightly duller appearance.

China Black HexagonChina Black 1×1″ Hexagon.  Lots of white veining.

12x12Nero Marquina 12×12″ Marble Tile.  This is premium select Nero Marquina 12×12″ Polished.  Available online for $7.95SF.  The veining amounts are limited and the tiles are selected to keep what veining there is to a thickness around 1-2mm.

Black and White Marble Harlequin Our products being installed.

Nero Marquina 12x12Stunning is an understatement over 2,000 square feet of Harlequin mosaic created.  A historical look dating back over 400 years.  This is our Nero Marquina ‘Select’ 12×12″ Polished paired with Carrara Venato 12×12″ Polished.  Nero Marquina 12×12″ polished is $7.95SF and the Carrara Venato 12×12″ Polished is $7.00SF

This year 2014 we have expanded our Nero Marquina collection significantly, perhaps too much.  Now we have the largest collection of premium ‘select’ Nero Marquina anywhere in the USA.  With more products coming like Basketweave, Herringbone and 2×2″ Hexagon.  It is called “Select” because we select the blocks.  This is not just your average Nero Marquina.  Like all our products we are specific about our needs and we have chosen a stone that has some white veining but is minimal and the black color is very rich deep black.

This is no accident the idea is to be a perfect complement to our Carrara collections.  The room scene attached involved an area of over 1,500 square feet.  The product is Carrara Venato 12×12″ polished $7.00SF and the Nero Marquina 12×12″ Polished Marble tile installed on an angle.  It is the perfect Harlequin REAL marble floor created with products that cost less than $8.00 a square foot.

Harlequin is a 400 year old classic.  It dates back over 400 years ago to Italy’s theatrical stages.  The ‘Harlequin‘ was a servant who wore brightly colored diamond patterned tights and a mask.  This diamond design was a hit.  This new and sophisticated design was copied from clothing to flooring.  Since then it has been created over  and over again.  It creates such a regal and timeless look.

This look has been a very closely guarded secret.  The cost has been prohibitive.  The whiteness of stone needed and the blackness of marble needed has been exceptionally difficult to get.  This lack of supply has created economics that lead to an incredible cost premium.  It has taken us almost half a decade to finally find what we need to bring this collection to market and make it affordable for all.

Now we have access to the most premium of all Nero Marquina and buying in huge volumes we have managed to create a price point that is now affordable.  That makes this product now an “affordable luxury” (see the way I put our tag line into that sentence) which is what we are all about 🙂

Please let me know what you think to my Sunday post.  It took about an 45 mins to put together (not including the pictures) on a very rainy morning.  I am not a journalist and without spell check I would be lost.  I researched The Harlequin and pulled most of the knowledge from Wikipedia, so if anyone has more interment knowledge please let me know.  Any comments or grammatical improvements I would love to hear them, again I am no expert.  Just trying to provide some insight into the world of Black marble.  That was my disclaimer 🙂 Please let me know david@thebuilderdepot.com.

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