About the Stone

The Region

Diyarbakir RegionThe Botticino marble is mostly extracted in the Diyarbakır province, located in the southeastern part of Turkey. Situated on the banks of the River Tigris, it is the administrative capital of the Diyarbakır Province, it is the second largest city in Turkey’s eastern Anatolia region, right after Gaziantep.

Botticino BlocksThe area around Diyarbakır has been inhabited by humans from the stone age with tools from that period having been discovered in the nearby Hilar cave complex. The city has played an important role during the Ottoman empire, as a stronghold in the Anatolia region.

Today, jewelry making and other craftwork continues today although the fame of the Diyarbakır craftsmen. Folk dancing to the drum and zurna are a part of weddings and celebrations in the area.

The Stone

Botticino QuarryBut perhaps one of the things that bring fame to this city and province is the extraction of a diversity of natural stones, such as the Botticino. This marble is extracted by a growing number of quarries, with small to medium dimension. However, these are still young and with large growing potential.

Blocks extracted are normally large, mostly for export or into transformation in slabs. According to Turkish estimates, there are very large reserves of this marble and similar beige marble still to be explored, which bring large potential to this marble in the future.

Overall Analysis

The Turkish Botticino came into the market basically as a need to fill the gap in the market created by the original Botticino marble from Italy. In Italy, reserves of Botticino are being strongly reduced and quality is not as before. This has opened a very large door to similar stones, such as this Turkish Botticino.

The most important points about this stone are perhaps its fairly uniform colour and background, its large availability, competitive price and quality.