Italian marble gets a lot of attention, simply because the country produces some of the most well-known stones on the market, including Bianco Carrara. White stones in general are extremely popular just now, with many white Italian stones like Carrara, Bianco Statuario, Bianco Venatino, and Calacatta commanding high prices. There are other white stones on the market that are just as beautiful, and in some cases more durable, as well as less expensive. One source for these stones is Greece.
Greek marbles and quartzites are a beautiful alternative to Italian stones, especially for homeowners who enjoy the look of white marble. Greek Thassos, for example, is a pure white stone with little to no veining. Called a marble, Thassos is actually a quartzite with a glittering surface that is much more durable and resistant to stains than traditional marbles.
For those who like the look of white and gray stones like Carrara, there is also Greek Ajax. Ajax is also a quartzite, like Thassos, but it has gray veining similar to Carrara or Venatino. The difference is in the way the light hits the stone; quartzites appear sugary or glittery, while marbles appear to be smoother.
In addition to these quartzites, there are also several white Greek marbles as well. These stones have varying amounts of veining, from extremely mottled and veined stone to stones that have few veins on a white background. A partial list of white Greek marbles to consider include Volakas, Naxos, Sivec, Pighes, Nestos, and Ambrosia. Of these, Volakas is among the most popular with a look similar to Carrara, while Ambrosia has the most distinctive look, with coloration that appears like light gray and pink clouds on a white background. The other stones may have streaking or veining which give each one its own appearance.
If you enjoy the look of white marble, but want to find a version that is more durable or less expensive than those more well-known stones, consider looking to Greek stones to find the answer.