“In some parts, decoration with Turkish marble is like an unusual perception and a ritual whisper.”SpaceStone
There are many things behind the popularity of this stone. So, here are some interesting facts about the natural stone;
Fact # 01
You should also know that more than 30% of the world’s marble comes from turkey. In short, Turkey is the hub stop to get the premium quality natural stone. However, natural Turkish stone is meeting the 1/3rd supply of the world. Most of the Turkish stone comes from the west area of the 31st parallel and south of Istanbul.
Fact # 02
Turkey has more than 5000 natural stone mines with one of the largest production factories. However, there are about 1750 workshops and factories there which are producing quality stone. Above all, Turkey yields more than 250 types of Turkish marble and travertine. However, then the premium quality marble exports to more than 130 countries.
Fact # 03
There are lots of different species, shapes, and forms of Turkish marble. As the marble mines are around the world but Turkish marble is one of the best. Here are some of the old and well-known marble mines in Turkey;
- Afyon Sugar
- The Afyon marble
- And white Carrara is the oldest mines of the Turkish natural stone.
However, the small city of the Iscehisar has around 100 mines of the Afyon marble, Afyon white, and Kaplanpostu. The famous Turkish marble type Kaplanpostu has a dark gray leopard skin color.
Fact # 04
The exports of the natural Turkish stone are touching the sky. But according to the demand, the number of production factories is less. According to last year’s exports, Turkey exported processed, uncut marble, granite, travertine, and slate worldwide. However, the turnover ratio was around 7.94 million tons, which is equal to $2.05 billion. In short, Turkey is the top exporter of the marble, followed by Greece and Italy.
Fact # 05
There is a list of some of the best Turkish marbles that are available in the market. Turkey is emerging as one of the leading exporters of the marble market. Thus, among 20 different species there are following some types of natural stone;
- The Afyon white
- Arcoboleno Afyon white
- Afyon white billur
- Marmara equator
- Marmara white
- Silver Marmora
- Silver white
- Bianco Dolomite
- Adranos white
- And Agora beige along with many other types.
Bianco dolomite mines are in Marmara and known as the new addition in a variety of Turkish marble. However, it is that mine which is not too old, but it’s getting popular. Above all, some world-famous designers, like Robert H. Stern and Zaha Hadid, are using this. The best usage of this Turkish stone is in the bathrooms, tiles, and wall layers.
Fact # 06
As we discussed, Turkey holds the largest reserves of the marble located in Alpine Himalayan Orogeny. However, factories are all around Turkey, which is the biggest producer of Turkish marble. Most of the factories operated by private sector investment. However, due to implementing modern technology Turkey is among the seven biggest producers of the stone.
There are more than 80 structures and 120 different colors and patterns of the Turkish stone. However here are the following best-selling types of the Turkish stone;
- Turkish Carrara: It is different from the Italian Carrara marble with most of the yellowish hue. It does not have a pure white tone like the Italian version of the Carrara. But it gives the same crisp, clean look like the white marble at a reasonable price.
- Bordeaux: It is a beautiful type of Turkish marble that comes with the grey hued polished touch.
- Crema Ella: Crema Ella is another type of Turkish marble with the serene tone of beige.
- Giallo Antico: It is a yellow marble from Turkey.
- Honey Onyx: It is another unique type of marble from Turkey with concentric rings of brown, beige, and white.
- Emperador light & Tundra Gray: Emperador light is a brown marble, whereas Tundra Gray is of rising smoke.
Fact # 07
The reserves of the Turkish marble are around 5 billion cubic meters. If we see the stats, then Turkey has 40% of the world’s marble potential. Turkish stone is the base of many historical buildings. It has the following rich history in the production of ancient places;
- In the construction of Rome, Turkey sent raw and semi-processed marble in the empire of Anatolia.
- Apart from this, it used in the construction of the Hagia Sofia Church. There are many other ancient cities and building which are standing still to prove the greatness of Turkish marble. However, cities like Loadikeia, Tripolis, and Colossaeare are among the leading examples. The standard type of Turkish marble in ancient cities is travertine. However, Denizli travertine is a prominent type in Turkish marble.
Fact # 08
The dark red marble is famous as the cherry marble and mines form the Elazig province. However, it has high demand all over the world. Elazig has around 7% of the total Turkish stone reserves, and it earned around $70 million from exports.
However, cherry marble exports to Italy, South Africa, Singapore, and the USA. According to the CEO of Alacakaya, cherry marble used in the construction of the holy place “Kaaba” in Saudi Arabia.
Last year the export of the cherry marble was around 25,000 tons of raw material. Apart from the raw material, there were 200,000 square meters of the processed marble. He further added that about 800 markets in the USA are importing cherry marble from Turkey.
Fact # 09
Turkey is the largest exporter of marble and deals in several types. So, one of them is the white marble which extracts from the Aegean province Mugla. White marble exported to around 60 countries in 2017 and earned a whopping turnover of $300 million.
Fact # 10
However, apart from the above attributes here are the following unique uses of this gem;
- Turkish stone comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles. The style of each slab is different from the other one. The most popular and loved colors are dark pink, sea blue, and dark forest green.
- Natural Turkish stone absorbs the heat, which makes it best for the homeowners. On the other hand, concrete and wood absorb more heat, which ultimately creates humidity and hotness.
- There is a usage of Turkish stone in the construction of the pyramids of Egypt and Giza. Apart from this, the royal families of the Carthaginian empire to build their palaces.
In the process of construction, it is good to use Turkish white marble. The biggest reason is that it comes in large blocks and suitable for large format tiles.