For centuries marble has been associated with style, opulence and durability - the tile of choice for palaces and mansions. Unfortunately, in the last few decades, marble lost it's sparkle with negative connotations of stuffiness, times gone by and being old fashioned.

Until marble’s sudden revival a year ago.

Marble is now (hand-in-hand with gold and pastel pink) cool, accessible and contemporary.

Real marble is pricey and has its limitations. Nowadays affordable faux marble, which can be engineered or printed, has its own beauty. Make sure you know what you are buying.

The easiest way to spot the real thing is by looking at it. No two real marble items will have the same veins and twirls. 

Here is our selection of beautiful and affordable real and faux marble décor pieces:

Pinch PotWeylandts - R245 

This pot is handcrafted in India out of real marble, therefore each bowl has its own unique character.

Marble Cup & Saucer - @home - R79  

This contemporary square cup with marble design is elegant and on trend.

Copper & Marble Candle Holder - - R189

Glam up your dinner table with a couple of Sarah Jane candlesticks which hold standard candles. 

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Faux Marble Wall Tiles - Italtile - R159/m2

These sexy and economical Mombasa Gris Gloss glazed ceramic wall tile, 333x550mm, imitates grey marble with white veins. It is suitable for walls only and ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

Marble and copper side - R1 799 

This glamorous and contemporary side table by Sixth Floor, will lift the décor in your lounge or bedroom. 

Gold and white marble wallpaper - Dreamweaver Studios – Price on request

Khroma wallpaper’s Venezia collection has marble wallpaper with a dazzling twist – marble panels with gold veins. 

Marble grey hand towel - @home - R129

Why not? A towel with marble design can only look elegant in the bathroom.

Marble Dinner Plate – Mr Price Home - R49.99 

Printed faux marble crockery is affordable and elegant.

Marble ServerWoolworths - R350 

This cheese board, 36 x 15,5cm, is made of real marble and from Woolworth’s Studio.W range. Real marble is not an ideal surface for cutting and is best used for serving only. 

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