A woman picked up ceramic dish in a shop last week. It had a grey and white marble pattern printed on it. She said to her friend: ‘I love this. Marble is really on trend right now’.
I wanted to creep up behind the woman and say very close to her ear: ‘Marble has always been on trend. In fact, it’s been trending pretty consistently for the past 5,000 years.’
There is something very dispiriting about objects which pretend to be real objects. Like desks which look like wood but aren’t wood.
I kept my mouth shut and exited the store.
It is an amazing material.
There’s a marble table in the House of the Wooden Partition in Herculaneum. Also known as a cartibulum, this marble table is older that eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed the town in A.D 79.
It is amazing to think that this marble table has survived the risks of excavation, plunder and time. Still in situ, you can touch it and it feels just as smooth and cold as it did 2,000 years ago.
Marble is a good metaphor for potential and, as symbolic gifts go, I think it’s a much better gift than paper, cotton or linen for an anniversary.
It its natural state it’s pretty nice but with time, shaping and polish it could be transformed into something truly spectacular. As Michelangelo said ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free’
Here are my favourite marble gifts