Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed – Only $7SF

Venato 3x6Current lot of impressive looking 3×6″ Carrara Venato Honed Subway Tile ($7.00SF – 8 tiles)

Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed and Venato 2″ Hexagon Honed

Carrara Venato 3x6" Subway TileNew lot of Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile arrives February 1st 2013.  Made to specification with a perfect white base and veining.

Carrara Venato 2" Hexagon and 3x6" Subway Tile Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile • Carrara Venato 2″ Hexagon Mosaic • Carrara Venato Chair Rail Honed

How to spot ‘Fake Carrara’ and some examples.

We quite often hear from customers that have purchased Carrara marble samples from different companies and ended up with something that has not met their expectations (not even close).  I think the USA is one of the few modern Western countries that does not have some sort consumer protection law or trade description act (like the UK for example: An Act to replace the Merchandise Marks Acts 1887 to 1953 by fresh provisions prohibiting miss-descriptions of goods, services, accommodation and facilities provided in the course of trade).  It is simply Caveat Emptor.  If there was a Trade Description act I would think that some companies calling their Carrara actually Carrara would be illegal.

Carrara marble – true Italian Carrara as in marble from the Italian region of Carrara not Turkish Carrara (which is impossible as there is no region in Turkey called Carrara) which is a play of words to trick the consumer is a Gray/White base with Gray veining and most defiantly not yellow. Fake Carrara is pretty easy to spot.  From China is/has more than 30% yellow (some cases 80% yellow) color to the stone.  From Turkey smudges of Gray on a crystalized base.  Both are extremely cheap for the retailer to purchase in most cases just $2SF this in term they label as Carrara and sell for $10/$15SF.  The cost of true Italian Carrara is closer to $5/$7SF making the margins a lot smaller and thus less appealing for retailers to sell.  More money in selling the fake stuff.

Here are some examples from one retailer.  Look at the basketweave flooring in the bathroom.  Oddly enough the consumer in the installed bathroom is happy with the floor (maybe they think it is Calacatta?).  However on a well-known discussion board the customer who purchased their ‘yellow’ basketweave was very unhappy. If you search ‘well known tile retailer’ (we cannot mention names) as in the google screen shot up comes the warning and blog about the very basketweave in question. You could argue it is a mistake an error a bad batch – but when you see the blog pictures of the stone installed in another part of the USA – I started to wonder how many other people have ‘yellow basketweave’ flooring. PS.  At the bottom I have included a picture of our Basketweave – Carrara Bianco ‘True Italian Stone’.  We will never make as much profit by selling the Real McCoy but then we also do not have a high cost structure.  So instead we pass the value on in quality and price to our customer.

Wrong Color BasketweaveNot Our Basketweave from a retailer shown in Blog Young House Love

Not Our Basketweave from a retailer shown in Blog Young House Love

A search of Carrara Basketweave from ‘retailer’ on Google

Unhappy customer on Garden web blog explains more about their buying experience

Real Italian Carrara Basketweave Marble Tile from thebuilderdepot.com

The last picture is of genuine Italian Carrara marble from Carrara Italy – it is pretty easy to see and tell the difference.  What is really unfair is when coming to sell your home people will ask – ‘where is the marble from’ and if you have a yellow floor that looks like the top pictures you may be better off saying it is Honey Onyx.

*this is my disclaimer, I am not a journalist and without spell check I would be a failure, so there are most likely grammatical errors in this post, I apologize and this probably does not read especially well.  This post is just designed to help. I am just tired of walking into retailers and seeing signs for “Turkish Carrara” how is that even possible, Carrara is from the Tuscan region in Italy. Turkey is another county. In hindsight Italy should have looked after their brand better, protected a stone over which they have a natural monopoly. I have even seen “Manhattan Carrara”, I have been to Manhattan and did not see a teleport system with trucks of Italian marble driving through it either.

Turkish Carrara is the worst, it is an obvious spot to even estate agents, which is really sad. When people come to sell their home and think they have added $30K in equity with an Italian marble bathroom and then it is pointed out to them, “erm….. this is not an Italian marble bathroom, it is marble, but not Italian” that has to be a very sad moment. This is all we are trying to do pull back the curtain on this industry and help people make choices whether that is buying from us or elsewhere.  Where you buy from is not relevant we sell all the marble we can get that fits in our quality bracket. I would just be sure to get a sample and ask for pictures before it ships. You have those rights, then if you are happy with how it looks that is probably the most important factor, a bathroom that makes you happy!

Large Format Subway Tiles Increase in Popularity

Carrara Venato subway tile 3×6, 6×12 and 9×18 can be used to create some of the most beautiful surroundings. Installed correctly Carrara Venato subway tiles 3×6, 6×12 and 9×18 can be used to produce some magnificent effects.  The popularity of Carrara Venato marble has increased significantly over the past decade fueled by magazine images and improved affordability by online direct to retail wholesale.  The Builder Depot offering direct to consumers at distributor pricing has allowed the price of Subway tiles 3×6, 6×12 and 9×18 to be far more affordable than they ever have been before.  No other retailer online or otherwise rivals The Builder Depot for selection or choice of Carrara Subway tiles.

Today you can find an endless number of options for wall tiles. However, none of them can match the extraordinary beauty and refined simplicity of large format 6×12 and 9×18 honed Carrera Subway Tiles for creating stunning results. Carrara marble Subway Tiles and mosaic tile provides a lot of flexibility in terms of its use in the walls of your home. However, before going for this tile, you must understand few of its features. As the name suggests, this tile is made of marble a natural stone and is unusually crafted in the shape of a rectangle for the subway tiles and various other shapes for mosaics Hexagon, Octagon, Basketweave and many other styles it can be polished a glass like surface or honed a matte finish also honed can be more of a satin finish. This gives a lot of flexibility to you in terms of its use in your home.

You can use Carrara marble subway tile either vertically, horizontally or diagonally in a Herringbone format. The horizontal use would resemble the look of bricks in action.  The vertical arrangement is very modern. However, the herringbone arrangement of this type of tile would be unconventional and unique can you could feel assured that few others wouldn’t have seen this look anywhere and would praise you for this intelligent use of such tiles. This is particularly the case for the larger format 6×12” and 9×18” tiles in a Herringbone format on the floor.  You do not have to follow any rules you can use Carrera marble tiles and mosaics in any way you want and it would become a fashion statement.

Your guests wouldn’t help themselves from getting overawed by such use of this form of tile. Similarly you can choose any style of Carrara which fits your personality Carrara Venato, Carrara Bianco Honed or Polished.