Marble, the word that runs through the history of civilizations
Many, if not most, of the great civilizational cultures have in marble a common historical landmark. It varies the way they applied it and, in some cases, the meanings attributed. However, when we run the repositories of cultures such as Egyptian, Greek, or even Asian Renaissance memorials, there is a common denominator: the aesthetic functionality and the nobility of the raw material.
For millennia, artists have chosen this metamorphic rock because of its soft, sculptural composition and translucent surface. In ancient Mesopotamia, marble was used to create crude animal models and naturalistic and anthropomorphic figures.
Later, in ancient Egypt, marble became an object of worship alongside gold and together they laid the foundation for construction and decoration. Marble was found in the tombs of pharaohs and high-ranking officials. Marble jars, carved in the form of sacred animals, inlaid with gold and other delicate carvings, were placed next to the king's sarcophagus containing his vital organs so that they would have them in the afterlife.
Also in ancient Greece, its almost transcendental beauty made marble the material of choice to sculpt statues like Venus de Milo and build the finest houses. The ancient Greeks used fine white marble to erect some of the most iconic buildings in the history of civilizations.
Iin the aftermath of the fall of the Roman empire, Europeans' love of marble survived and materialized on the most majestic floors of palaces, royal halls, and cathedrals.
The Parthenon in Athens, the Colosseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in India, or the White House in the United States are some of the ultimate expressions of how architects, sculptors, and artisans have used marble to create the most beautiful buildings throughout the ages. A historical heritage that, daily, at MAAMI HOME, we remember and honor.