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Demand for greek marble is perpetually timeless so the interest for exports has always been very high.

It is in Greece’s DNA to gleam. Greece is a luminous “reflective” country, infused with light and its marble is considered to be of world class quality with unquestionable historical value. Since early childhood, Greeks are used to be raised and live amongst iconic marble sculptures, marble statues and architectural masterpieces that keep influencing the way the world perceives culture and tradition back from the ancient years. Every inch of this blessed rocky “cliff” in the edge of the Mediterranean, is connected to marble. Think of the iconic Neolithic statuettes, the Parthenon, Venus de Milo, the Caryatides, the Kouros, Ancient Olympia and Delphi; and you have the whole picture.

Marblellous uses only Greek marble, utilizing any remains coming from the main proseccing line of the parent company MARMARA P. PNEVMATIKOS. Greece has one of the most diverse assortment of fine quality white and light- hued marble. Other excellent varieties are also found here in many hues and colors such as black, grey, taupe, red, pink, green, etc. Some types of greek marble are translucent whilst others demonstrate a variety of patterns and formations, such as waves, streaks, swirls etc. The most genuine and famous Greek «crystalline marble» is the calcite white marble harvested from mount Pentelicus and the Dionysos quarry, the semi-white marble originated from Drama, Kavala and Tranovaltos in Kozani, the Cycladic marble of Tinos island, Naxos island and Paros island, the pink marble of Lafkos in Mount Pelion and other types of marble equally famous for their world class quality. Marble is key to the greek economy.

Demand has always been high due to its impecable quality and its strong link to Ancient Greece’s History of Sculpture and Architecture. Greece is one of the most productive marble exporting countries worldwide. During the recent past years the national production of marble products in Greece is over 1.400.000 tons, whilst Greece export the 75%-85% of its total marble harvest.

Learn how to tell which marble is which, by distinguishing the characteristics of the most famous greek marble.

ACHILLES

Calcite marble of fine quality and beautiful natural characteristics. Extracted from various quarries around Tranovaltos, Kozani.

Achilles marble has been lost and found many times throughout the history. Its excavation site is located at Tranovaltos or “Great Swamp” at the prefecture of Kozani, Greece. The random appearance of ancient quarry lofts in the area, and local stories about the beautiful marble statues at the nearby ancient settlement of Aiani, witness the presence of a flourishing marble trade in the past. Lost for centuries, Achilles marble was waiting to be revealed again in the mid 20th century. By the end of the Greek Civil War, the scarred area started to be constructed again with stone and marble. At that time experienced builders from all over Greece came to the area and were those who rediscovered Achilles marble hidden beauty, once and for all.

ARCADIA GREY

Semi-white calcite marble with intense black waves. Extracted from quarries in Peloponese.

Arcadia grey marble is originated from the area of mountain Parnonas. Ancient and sacred, dedicated to Titan Cronus, Parnonas is the largest rock mass in the Peloponese peninsula, also a place of uncanny beauty and wilderness. With thousand of rare species of flora and fauna, Parnonas is considered one of the most valuable Natura areas in Greece, thus the marble quarries of the area operate under strict environmental limitations.

EVENOS

Fossiliferous limestone excavated in the quarries near the town of Microthebes, in Thessaly, Greece.

Inside the black matrix of the material you can distinguish shells and exoskeletons of prehistoric marine life. It is extraordinary that this ancient life, gave such an exquisite physical appearance to this particular material. Even though it is common for stones to bear fossils, what makes Evenos marble so unique, is its origin from the organic carbon rich oceanic sediments. This carbon is what gave the color black to the stone.

EVIA GREY

Grey calcite marble, with darker or lighter tones of grey. White veins of re-crystallized calcite could also be present in linear or irregular forms.

Evia Grey marble has been a material widely used for the construction of the contemporary city of Athens. While talking even a quick stroll at the center of Athens, one can easily locate that specific type of marble in numerous applications. Since the 1960s Aliveri’s marble industry grew significantly starting many quarries, but today only two of them are still in operation.

PARTHENON WHITE

White and/or semi-white marble with grey or greenish streaks.

Sparkling, clear and translucent. It has the same chemical composition and texture such as the glorious marble from Mount Pentelicon, which is famous since the 5th century BC. It is extracted from the quarries of Dionysos, Attica, both open and underground. In fact, the Dionysos quarry is the only underground quarry in Greece. This is the marble used for most of the statues and the architectural masterpieces of the Classical era such as the Acropolis of Athens and other monuments of the Hellenistic period and the Classic Roman era. Also used for the construction of The Athens Academy, the National Library, the rebuilding of the Stoa of Attalus and the Kallimarmaron Stadium. A historical link between the past and the present.

ROYAL RED

Red hued limestone with distinctive white and brown waves. (Also found in cream and yellow hues.) Harvested in Ritsona, Central Greece.

Ritsona’s name comes from the Greek word “retsini” for resin, as dense pine forests use to cover the area. The place has a rich history, dating back to the age of Homer. The ancient city of Mykalissos, located at the spot, flourished during the Archaic period and took part in the Trojan and the Peloponnesian war. In the events of the Peloponnesian war the city was burnt to the ground and its population massacred, even killing women, children, elders and livestock. Local myths say that the color of the stone stays reminiscent of the blood from the conquered. Today the area is also famous for Ritsona Hillclimb rally track.

THASOS WHITE

White marble, known for its crystal white hue that reflects the rays of sun. A hard natural rock that sparkles due to its small-sized crystals.

The quarries of Thasos are of the most important in Greece; Massive quantities of white and semi-white top quality marble extracted here are exported around the world. It was from the ancient quarry of Alyki, Thasos, that the marble was beginning its journey towards Macedonia and the rest of Greece, Rome, Egypt and Persia so as to decorate the palaces and the tombs of kings. It still remains a mystery how massive amounts of marble managed to travel to Amphipolis (with little or no means by that time) in order to fence the Macedonian Tomb.

THEBES YELLOW

Dark yellow limestone, with white, golden and brown veins which create irregular patterns. Extracted in the quarry of Domvreana.

 On the slopes of Elikonas mountain near Thebes, in Greece, lays the town of Domvreana. In the middle ages, the place was well known for its large stone mansions, some of which have been preserved until today. The marble of the area is famous for the countless ancient and contemporary pieces of art curved with it. Pieces of Thebes Yellow marble have been used for the decoration of John F. Kennedy memorial.

TINOS GREEN

Green marble with greenish and white streaks, veins and spots.

Extracted since 1911 in the quarry of Achinos, which is in Panormos in Tinos island. Marble art is part of the island’s History; many ancient temples, shrines and statues of Greek Gods are made from this marble both in Tinos and the sacred island of Delos. Marble carving and marble sculpting are not separated in Tinos; the people who make a living out of processing marble are both technicians and artists.

NOTEWORTHY MARBLE PROSECCING CENTRES

Noteworthy deposits of white and semi-white marble with excellent physicomechanical properties are found in the periphery of Kavala, Drama, Kozani and Veroia. A relevantly new marble harvesting center of the famous pink marble of Volos is found in Pelion. Cream hued marble and other varieties are harvested in Argolida and Ioannina. The well known deep beige «Karnazeiko» marble with streaks or swirls (or combining both patterns, known as «twin») is harvested in the district of Karnazeika in Argolida. Another trademark greek marble is the white crystalline marble of Dyros, harvested in Mani, Lakonia.

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