I have always loved the feel of cool marble on bare feet on a hot day. I also love the natural art of marble and the luxury it implies.
I had heard that Indian marble is very affordable, indeed comparable to tiles - so there had to be no compromise with our apartment - we wanted marble throughout.
Our friendly developer made time in his busy day to take us personally on a tour of the Goan marble wholesalers.
They are well organised and obviously prosperous businesses with classy showrooms and sharply dressed salesmen. Little chaps run up and down between the “A” frame stacks of marble with buckets of water with the express task of tossing buckets of water over any particular stack you show the slightest interest in. The water shows up the final varnished finish.
We choose this soft golden marble for our bedroom and bathroom, it has traces of fossil formations in it and is warmer in tone and touch than the living area marble we selected.
This has a glamorous shock of pink stirred with cool grey. The merchant will tell you exactly where in Indian it was mined,
How much does it cost?
Less than £1 per square foot and about 50p per square foot to fit. Imagine that!