Calacatta is a marble that is also quarried in the city of Carrara but has some distinctive differences from Carrara marble that make it highly sought-after by homeowners.
Calacatta is characterized by a clear, white background and thicker, impactful veining that can be grey or gold/brown but is sometimes a combination of some or all of those colors. The veining here tends to be more distinctive than Carrara marble and less linear as well. The result is a stone that captures what many people believe to be the ideal marble look and the kind of patterning associated with marble luxury and prestige.
Calacatta has a powerful impact on any space of your home and so is best as the centerpiece of a design project, as opposed to a complementary aspect. If you choose Calacatta marble, use it to make a bold statement and try to match the other design elements in the room to the marble, not the other way around.
When it comes to price point, be prepared to shell out double or more the price you would for Carrara marble. This is because Calacatta is a rarer stone and so supply is more limited. In addition, the appearance of this marble is the most desired overall, allowing it to fetch a higher price.