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Marble remains best flooring option

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Pick your choice: Marble slabs stacked at a shop in Nagole. -

Marble and Indian architecture are intrinsically linked with the former being one of the preferred construction materials for building tombs, temples and palaces. What was once considered as a ‘royal’ stone is now a sought after flooring option in not just hotels, but also in independent homes etc. There are a number of varieties in marble, but the ones in demand in the city are Makrana, Morwad, Onyx and imported marble. White marble still remains a favourite among most people, for its rich look as well as for its cooling properties. “Marble flooring is apt for bedrooms, children’s rooms and for ‘puja’ rooms,” says K. Siddharth, an interior designer.

In demand

Though the cheaper version of marbles, vitrified tiles, which are manmade have conquered a major share in the flooring market, marble still remains in demand. “Morwad is much in demand. They are preferred flooring in independent homes and apartments,” says Mr. Shyam Sunder. Morwad marble costs anywhere between Rs.30 and Rs.100 per square foot.

The flooring is popular for both interior and exterior flooring applications. According to Praveen Agarwal, a marble dealer at Nagole, the price is largely dependent on the colour and also the size of the slab.

Maintenance

One of the main reasons why marble is a preferred stone for flooring is its high durability and resistance to water, grease and dirt. However, stains can be difficult to be removed. Once polished, the floor gets the glean of a granite flooring. “In commercial places, one has to pay more attention to maintenance as there are more footfalls. However, at homes the maintenance is minimal,” says Mr.Shyam Sundar.

Italian marble still remains the ruler in terms of the elegance it renders to the quality. Compared to its Indian counterpart, Italian marble costs anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs.350. Imported marble from Turkey, Iraq and China too are in demand. According to Mr. Shyam Sundar, Katny variety too is being sold like hot cakes. A look-alike of Italian marble, it is available in two to four colours from peach to pinkish. A cheaper option, costing anywhere between Rs.60 to Rs.100, the demand for Katny marble has gone up lately. One disadvantage of coloured marble is that it requires more polish and absorbs more heat. “Many prefer this because of its hardness and also because it requires less maintenance,” he says.

Among the Indian varieties, marble dealers vouch that Makrana variety, the same that was used in Taj Mahal is the best. So, if you are looking for a sturdy yet elegant, a floor that remains cool and requires less maintenance, then look no more and head straight to the marble dealers in Nagole or Sri Nagar Colony.

D.V. L. PADMA PRIYA

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