Ravi Meghwal, CEO of RK Marbles, discusses the latest trends and technology in marble solutions for construction projects.
What distinguishing features of your marbles make you stand out in the industry?
Our marbles set us apart by their unparalleled quality and unique patterns. We source our marble directly from quarries worldwide, carefully selecting each piece based on its texture, colour, and veining. Our skilled craftsmen then work tirelessly to cut and polish each slab to perfection, bringing out the natural beauty of the stone. But our commitment to sustainability makes us stand out in the industry. We strive to minimise waste throughout every production process by utilising cutting-edge technology that reduces water usage and recycles excess materials.
What kinds of designs are most in-demand nowadays, especially considering the necessity for architectural specifications?
In architecture and interior design, marble is undoubtedly one of the most highly sought-after materials. It’s timeless elegance and luxurious appearance have made it a popular choice for centuries. Still, in recent years, we have seen increased demand for modern and innovative uses of this classic stone. From sleek, minimalist countertops to intricate geometric patterns on floors and walls, designers constantly find new ways to incorporate marble into their projects. One emerging trend is the use of book-matched marble slabs, two symmetrical pieces cut from the same block, which create striking visual effects when placed side by side.
What are the best technologies used for marble coating for durability?
When it comes to achieving a long-lasting and durable marble coating, several innovative technologies are available on the market. One of the most popular techniques used for marble coating is using epoxy resins that enhance the strength and durability of the surface. These resins provide an impenetrable barrier against harsh weather conditions, UV rays, and abrasives that can damage the surface over time. Another technology used is polyurethane coatings, which offer high resistance to wear and tear while maintaining their glossy appearance for years without fading or peeling off. Using laser engraving machines also creates intricate designs on marble surfaces while increasing their durability by deepening their texture.
What do you think about green materials that go beyond popular architectural ideas?
When it comes to green materials in architecture, there is no denying that marble has been a popular choice for centuries. However, many must realise this natural stone’s potential beyond its traditional use as a luxurious finish material. The possibilities are endless, from utilising marble’s thermal properties for passive cooling and heating systems to incorporating it into eco-friendly building blocks or even creating furniture pieces that can be easily disassembled and repurposed. By thinking outside the box and exploring innovative ways to incorporate marble into sustainable design practises, we have an opportunity to reduce our environmental impact and enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality of our built environment.