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Italian Marble vs Indian Marble: What is the difference?

Whether used in living rooms, kitchen countertops or bathrooms, marble has a timeless and elegant appeal. It has always been among the most preferred natural stones for home décor, and the most commonly used varieties are Italian and Indian marble. These natural stones are available in a wide range of colours and vein patterns, and to a layperson, the sheer variety of choices can be quiet overwhelming.

We bring you the lowdown on Italian marble vs Indian marble; including the various varieties, colours and characteristics so that you can make an informed decision for your home.




Quarried from Italy

Quarried from Rajasthan,
Gujarat, Andhra and Madhya Pradesh in India


Italian marble is very high-quality lustre, pearly and luminescent 

Indian marble is medium lustre as compared to Italian marble.


Italian marble available in White, Grey, Blue-Grey, Rose, colours 

Indian marble available in white,  Grey, Deep Yellow, Green, Red, Black


Very soft

Comparatively harder


Starts at Rs 350 per square foot

 Starts at Rs 75 per square foot


Italian marble needs highly skilled craftsmen  

Indian marble requires a lesser level of skills as compared to Italian marble.

Environmental Concerns

As it is soft, it has a nylon backing and is treated with epoxy resins, matching pigments and chemical resin sealers 

No toxins or chemicals used to reinforce stone as it is harder

Where used

High-end floors of living, foyer, staircases tabletops. Not preferred in kitchens as it is very soft and can easily stain

Indian marble mostly used in bathroom and floors, kitchen countertops.