The exploitation of marble is a long and extremely difficult process. From the initial rock to the kitchen or bathroom countertop, the material needs a prudent processing that can take up to months. In comparison with the granite, marble cannot be taken out of the “wall” as blocks, because it is formed as sheets. Special machines are used to create gutters or drill into the rock. They are further displaced with quills and dragged out with heavy machines that are capable to move the often colossal pieces.
Occasionally, piles of sand are used to cushion the fall and avoid cracking the sheets. Marble is then transported to factories and workshops to be processed into the products that make our houses more beautiful.