Precious, sustainable, versatile, marble as an emotion to be experienced

What we are about to tell is a story that begins far back in time, some 4 million years ago. When, in conjunction with the formation of magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, the story of natural stone and marble began. The location from which our journey begins is in Friuli, in Forni Avoltri towards the Austrian border. Here is the quarry from which Margraf extracts its Fior di Pesco Carnico, the brand's worldwide exclusive since 1927.

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The quarry, a sacred place

Coming from the only quarry in the world from which it is possible to extract it (3,427 tons of blocks will be extracted by Margraf in 2023), Fior di Pesco Carnico, thanks to its infinite nuances (veins, colours, brightness enliven and brighten the material) and its high structural resistance (to temperature changes, water absorption, abrasion), is harmonious and can be used in any context: indoors or outdoors.

Quarries and mining sites around the world

The Forni Avoltri quarry represents the first step in the production chain, which can be seen in the care dedicated to the extraction of the blocks and the quality of the material. To which is added the variety of Italian and international marble and natural stone blocks from its own quarries and extraction sites all over the world: in addition to quarries in Italy and Slovenia, Margraf imports from over 40 countries offering a wide range of materials and products for construction and architecture. Marbles, quartzites and granites that, once processed, give life to interior coverings, external facades, furniture elements, bathrooms and kitchens.

From block to slab

The second phase of processing is the transformation of the block into slabs. In Chiampo, Margraf's headquarters, slabs are processed using state-of-the-art machinery, some patented by the brand (such as the Donatoni SX-3Q, where SX are the initials of the name of the president Silvio Xompero, who led its conception and realisation), on a range of over 400 different types of natural stone. Ten looms equipped with sharp diamond wires work to transform the marble blocks into slabs, ready for use. Each slab is then further enhanced through a careful range of surface processing, some mechanised, some still manual.

Keeping and showing off

The Margraf Logistics Hub in Gambellara is the place for emotion and amazement. More than 45 thousand slabs on display over an area of 15,600 square metres offer a wide range of types from which to choose. A unique selection of both domestic and exotic stones to meet the needs, demands and requirements of designers and customers.

The creative pole

Also in Gambellara, the creative pole where designers, artists and technicians give shape to new ways of understanding marble, Innovation Lab is the beating heart of Margraf's creativity, where slabs become canvases, nature turns into art. Thanks to research and development, every stylistic and technological barrier is overcome to give life to made-to-measure collections, to marble moulded in an unprecedented way: unique pieces or small numbered series of three-dimensional claddings and furnishing accessories.

A small casket

Ipogeo Collection is a small casket that encloses a collection that celebrates marble: from the polished slab the material is hollowed out, obtaining a balanced fusion of polished and opaque, totally customisable. Technological and craftsmanship know-how enables the natural stone to be moulded into unique three-dimensional pieces.

Great projects...

This heritage of know-how, passion, quality of materials and workmanship has led Margraf to collaborate on great projects all over the world and with great planners and designers. From the supply of marbles and natural stones for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan (1955 ) or for the Santa Lucia Railway Station in Venice (1956), for the House of Worship of Baha'i Religion (1984 ) in New Delhi in India, for New Beijing Airport Terminal 3 (2008) in Beijing in China, for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice (2016), for City Life in Milan (2016), just to name a few.

...great designers

Then there are the collaborations with creative designers who have been able to reinterpret Margaf marble in a completely new and original way. The design experience with Wilmotte Design Studio that gave rise to a collection consisting of two series of washbasins: 'Gradina' and 'Herma'. Raffaello Galiotto with "Velata" Collection, unique works with the intention of giving a new interpretation to the stone material by enhancing its lightness, and with "Frammenti" Collection inspired by the remains of classical ancient architecture. Cristina Celestino led the creation of "Repère" and "Geode" Collection: a hybrid outdoor and indoor space for self-care in direct contact with stone and water.

Marble sustainability

All the marble extracted and processed by Margraf is synonymous with sustainability: Rethink Marble is a project for the environment, a new idea of responsible marble: production plants powered by photovoltaic systems (35% of the energy used); reuse of water resources (77% purified and recycled water); production of marble tiles with shapeless blocks (85 thousand tonnes of marble waste recovered); protection of the natural habitat of the Fior di Pesco Carnico quarry (+2000 trees planted).