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Volakas marble: imbue your space with a piece of Classical Greece

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The gorgeous Volakas marble takes its name from a small town 20 miles away from the city of Drama, in northern Greece. The marble is quarried open-pit and underground, using tunnel excavation, from the nearby Falakro Mountain to the east. Due to both the sheer volume of marble quarried and its characteristics, the area is sometimes referred to as “the Carrara of Greece”. The leading quarrying company alone produces around 6,000 containers with marble blocks a year, which equals over 1,400,000 ft3.The gorgeous Volakas marble takes its name from a small town 20 miles away from the city of Drama, in northern Greece. The marble is quarried open-pit and underground, using tunnel excavation, from the nearby Falakro Mountain to the east.

Due to both the sheer volume of marble quarried and its characteristics, the area is sometimes referred to as “the Carrara of Greece”. The leading quarrying company alone produces around 6,000 containers with marble blocks a year, which equals over 1,400,000 ft3.

Volakas marble is white with veins that are usually grey but can also be beige, brown, and even ocre or violet. The most well-known variety of this marble has diagonal veins but there are other cuts too, like Volakas Flower which has cloudy, flowery veins. Different varieties have veins of varying thickness, and vein thickness can vary even within the same stone. 

As a dolomitic marble (92% dolomite, 8% calcite), Bianco Volakas is more resilient and handles wear better than calcite marbles. It is harder, which makes it more resistant to scratching, and due to its mineral composition it reacts more weakly with acids. Calcite reacts strongly even with cold hydrochloric acid, whereas dolomite doesn’t produce many bubbles. Traditional marble can etch heavily even through contact with household acids like coffee, lemon, and vinegar. Dolomite etches only slightly, but of course, when it comes to marbles and acids one can never be too careful.
For the reasons described above, Bianco Volakas is a superb choice for a kitchen countertop. Even though it can still etch and scratch and will probably require higher maintenance than granite, it is nevertheless more resilient than traditional calcite marbles while retaining the aesthetic look so deeply associated with classical elegance.

Apart from its aesthetically exquisite appearance, durability, and overall quality, Volakas marble has another competitive edge against similar marbles in that it is relatively more affordable. Perfectly suited to large projects that demand high quantities of material, Volakas marble is seen in commercial projects around the globe, used indoors and outdoors in towers, hotels, and government buildings.

In residential buildings, marble is synonymous with luxury and Volakas can elevate your house from simply beautiful to breathtaking. Its intricate patterns can transform a plain floor or wall into a work of art. The ways in which you can reshape your space and define, redefine, or accentuate its unique character are limited only by your imagination and your budget.

One of marble’s defining characteristics is the uniqueness of its patterns. Two tiles cut from the same block can vary considerably in background tone, vein intensity, coloration, and so on. Volakas marble tends to have delightful diagonal veins which lend themselves to the creation of intricate patterns. Whether you’re remodelling or designing a new building, it is important to have a clear idea of how the floor should ultimately look. In order to properly realize your vision, marble tiles should be dry-laid first, the overall pattern inspected, and any necessary alterations made before the tiles are set.
A technique of installation and display that truly brings out the character of Volakas marble is called book-matching or open book. Marble blocks are cut into symmetrical slabs which are polished and placed side by side to achieve vertical symmetry, like an open book, or even four-way symmetry. This technique truly embraces the unique idiosyncrasy of each block of Volakas marble and allows for the creation of a limitless number of striking designs that evoke a sense of high luxury and embody a quality of classical timelessness.

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