Of course as the mountain sometimes spits out Gray marble (which we reject – this happens quite often) it occasionally comes out with utter perfection. This particular lot would be in our opinion A++ the very best. It cannot get better. The veining is clear, there is enough of it but not too much. I love with the 12×24″ piece on the right. The 12×12″ is equally as good, but the warehouse dock is open on the right and as the light comes in it highlights the perfection of the marble.
If this was a diamond it would be in the VVS2 sector of extremely rare. In the USA if we complied all the 12×24″ polished and graded them on clarity of veining (so it has to be clear cannot be a haze all over) and base color this 12×24″ would represent 0.25% of the entire USA 12×24″ available at this very moment.
Why is that? A good question. To be candid it costs more. We pay an additional $1 to $2SF for this 12×24″ and 12×12″, we do not add that cost on. We do it because we want to see the best Italy has to offer. This is a piece of art. On a wall in the correct home with visitors, this will become a huge advertising banner for our website. People will be asking for this 12×24″ dated on the blog February 10th 2014 for months to come. But traditional companies will not buy this, they will not pay the additional cost.
I am going to keep two pieces in my office. I believe of all the thousands of pallets of Bianco 12×24″ we will get this year, they will be excellent, but this will just hold a fractional edge. It will be interesting to see. For us it is a contest, what can we get from Italy that can top this in 2014?
If you would like this particular lot of 12×12″ Bianco polished and 12×24″ Bianco polished (also available in honed), please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and reference this blog. You will have to provide the date, please do not say the Carrara post you did – so many people do, that does not help 🙂