Italian Calacatta Gold Marble Tiles – Honed and Polished

Italian Calacatta Tiles MarbleCalacatta Gold to be cut into 6×12″ Honed and 6×12″ Polished for $17.95 a Square Foot

Not a Great year for Calacatta field tiles. Out of stock on the polished 3×6″ for all of 2015 and 2×12″ polished.  This is not because we could not buy Calacatta Gold, on the contrary we have refused almost 40 containers simply based on the quality and then what met with quality in early summer did not meet the price point we wanted for our customers.  But it looks like we are on a roll (literally the tile moves along these rollers). On the plus side we have done well with honed and expanded into some fantastic mosaic.

Calacatta Gold Production Marble Tile

Calacatta Gold – at last some good looking product coming down the line. Note the yellow Wellies these are a must in Italy (which is short for Wellington Boots in England, someone will have to tell me what they are called in the USA pond hoppers? I am not kidding in England these are called Wellies, great name for kids. Wonderful for English weather and puddle splashing, for proof here is a British site selling them here now I have put a link here these brits will be confused by the sudden interest from Americans in their Wellies, they will think, look “Americans want Wellies” and they will export, lets hope they don’t).

These are a must in Italy.  Latest fashion trend? I think not. But then I may have thought the same about fuzzy sheep feet too. So if I am wrong I apologize. I also apologize to my Italian colleague in the yellow wellies as I am pointing them out when in reality yes all of this tile is cut using blades and water, so there is water everywhere and wellies are essential, even yellow works.

I have got way off track, the point is which makes me happy is we have more Calacatta Gold coming in and it looks great. We want the light base color but with banded veining. I am not sure why, it just looks so much better than the thin spidery veining you can get in the Borgihini.  We have had and sold Calacatta Borghini but for us as a business we are aiming for the light base, not veining on all tiles as that would be too busy, but tiles do need to have that wide veining.  It is a very specific look and that may be part of our problem in trying to keep it in stock and clearly selling it for just $17.95 a square foot in 6×12″ honed is not helping.

Calacatta 3×6″ Honed $14.95SF

Calacatta 3x6" HonedCalacatta 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile just $14.95 square foot

A nice collection of 3×6″ Honed arrived last month.  Unfortunately only 2,500SF arrived and now by the time I am finally getting around to writing this post there is only 782SF left in stock.  It has a nice look.  Not too much veining just the right amount.  The quarry has taken the time to mix and blend these crates well.  The pictures we provide are very simply done.  We just lift the lids off the crates as they come in.  Here you can see a crate then we simply pull out some tiles from a box and lay it on the boxes.  Then snap 🙂

We are receiving more Calacatta 3×6″ Honed in March (this is just an estimate as it is still in production).  Once that shipment arrives we will get pictures of it and post on the blog.

2020 Picture. Recent Picture from Instagram Below.

Calacatta Gold 3x6

Calacatta Gold 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile from The Builder Depot from #thetuckerzoo

Love the way this has come together. They must have used tile from the backsplash in their kitchen to match this around the fireplace. Love it and how well the Calacatta Gold goes with the wooden mantel top. This is a well organized installation.

Interesting fact about Calacatta Gold (the real genuine product from Italy as this is). There is only one Calacatta Gold quarry left in the world. That is why we frequently run out of products in the collection and cannot significantly expand it, it is a hard product to get and to get in good quality is very hard. In fact it has become so challenging you know have companies simply saying they have “Calacatta” which simply means a white marble with Gray veining. They avoid the word Gold.

Prices subject to change and so is availability. Please see our website Calacatta Gold section for the most up-to-date pricing.

Calacatta Basketweave Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Basketweave Mosaic TileIncredible lot of Calacatta Honed 1×2″ Basketweave Mosaic Tile $15.95SF

Italian Calacatta marble blocks are becoming so difficult to get hold of (in its premium pure white based form) that on this occasion the quarry did not even have enough material to make a full pallet of Basketweave.  I can understand why.  The quality of this Calacatta is exceptional.  The base is white and the veining is perfect not too busy, just right.  The downside is we only have 230SF of this incredible basketweave mosaic.  If it is all sold by the time you see this post, I apologize.  We have more on order, but when more will arrive is unclear as being a natural product we are subject to what comes from the mountain.  2014 has been a really difficult Calacatta year.  I hope 2015 will be kinder to us.

Calacatta Basketweave Marble Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Gold Basketweave Mosaic TileNew shipment and new product arrived March 11th 2014 • Calacatta Honed Basketweave Mosaic from The Builder Depot • This product is sold online for $15.95 a square foot • Only available in polished.

Calacatta 1×1″ Hexagon and Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile

Calacatta 1x1" Hexagon with Venato 3x6"On the left is Calacatta 1″ Hexagon Honed $15.95SF on the Right is Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile $7.00SF

People are used to seeing Carrara in retailers.  The common view of Carrara is gray with gray veining.  The reality is if you have offices in Europe (like us) you can actually get some far lighter shades of marble stone.  In this image above we are showing the 1″ Hexagon Calacatta with the 3×6″ Honed Venato.

Anyone looking for a Calacatta bathroom but doesn’t quite have the budget for Calacatta 3×6″ Subway Tiles ($16.95SF) the Carrara Venato Collection in a 3×6″ format is a great substitute for only $7.00SF.   The whiter base of the Venato blends nicely with the Hexagon.  The Venato will not have the Calacatta gold veining, but it will look good on the walls and due to it’s white base offer a good option or substitute, when budgets or availability are an issue.

If you have any questions or need to see more pictures of current lots please email us sales@thebuilderdepot.com

New Calacatta Mosaics Arrive

Calacatta Herringbone Mosaic TileCalacatta 1×2″ Herringbone Mosaic Tile available in Honed (pictured above) or Polished for $15.95SF (introductory low price)

Calacatta 1x1" Hexagon Mosaic1×1″ Calacatta Hexagon Available in Honed & Polished for $15.95 a sheet (introductory low price)

It is the white base and subtle gold veining that makes this product so desirable.  Exactly what we (thebuilderdepot.com) look for from Italy in Calacatta.  A white base with gold veining, but not overly busy.  Calacatta is such a difficult product to work with from quarry selection.  If you have too much veining or do not mix the stones well on the mosaic, the result can be drastically different.  But at The Builder Depot with our decades of experience and a physical presence in Europe we are able to work with our suppliers from block selection to end user.

That is a key difference in our business.  Not just the incredible prices.  It is the fact we work with the product from the selection of the block through to packing the shipment to the end user.  For more information on this particular lot please reference July 11th Calacatta shipment and email is sales@thebuilderdepot.com.

Calacatta Gold 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed

Calacatta Subway TilePremium 3×6″ Calacatta Gold Subway Tile Honed $15.95SF

June 1st we received in a new crate of 3×6″ Calacatta Gold Subway Tile from Italy.  Here is a few tiles from the box laid out.  It is nice looking not overly busy with a really white base.  Looks great as a kitchen backsplash or in a bathroom.  Either way no one will believe you have genuine Italian stone for just $15.95 a square foot.  That is 8 tiles of finest Italian marble cut from the mountains of Tuscany, then shipped from Alpharetta, GA to your home.  Quite amazing really.  Any questions please let us know sales@thebuilderdepot.com

Calacatta Marble Tile Honed ($14.95SF)

Calacatta Honed and Baseboard Calacatta 12×12″ and Baseboard Skirting

Italian Calacatta 12×12″ Honed Marble Tile

Calacatta Borghini 12×12 Honed Marble Tiles

To show how white Calacatta Borghini is this is a piece of Carrara ‘CD’ from Italy.  It really shows how perfectly white Calacatta Borghini actually is.

Calacatta 3×6″ Subway Tile

When installing a small area with Calacatta 3×6″ polished subway tile you need to layout the tile prior to installation.  You can use the white blanks to create a less veined whiter appearance or vice versa.  Here is an example of blanks from a box.

If you remove the heavier veining or add you can end up with a look that is perfect.  This is the difference with Calacatta to Carrara it takes a bit more time to create the design.  It is a puzzle.  The advantage of our Calacatta 3×6″ subway tile is that it costs considerably less.  You can afford to buy an extra 15% and then create the look you want by discarding or adding tiles.

When Calacatta 3×6″ Subway Tile is correctly laid out and installed there is no better marble.  It is one of the most sought after natural stone products in the world. It adorns some of the most exquisite buildings throughout history.  You can see why. It has dramatic and captivating veining along the subtlety of a softer whiter base when compared to its Carrara cousin.