Update (7th April 2020): The construction industry and all other associated developments were halted a few weeks ago amidst the Covid-19 lockdown in Pakistan. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan recently awarded the construction sector the status of an industry and also announced that the industry will resume working from the 14th of April. This was done to ensure that the economic wheels of the country keep on moving and generating revenue and jobs, along with supporting the government’s mission to build 5 million homes as part of the Naya Pakistan Housing Program (NPHP). This move will not just help those who earn daily wages to support their families, but will also enable you to resume the construction of your house if you had to leave it mid-way because of the lockdown.
Home construction demands the use of a range of materials that seamlessly fuse to offer you a fully fitted modern residence that is not just ready to move in but welcoming as well. The choice of materials, however, is based equally on personal preferences as well as the budgetary concerns of a homeowner or construction contractor. Similar to many other countries in the world, marble flooring in Pakistan is often used to add a touch of elegance to modern interiors, with the country itself being a major supplier of the raw material. However, there are several different types of marble flooring available in the market with the price per square feet varying based on their unique attributes and characteristics.
Here, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of marble flooring in Pakistan and then let you decide which type is the best for your needs by listing down the top varieties available in the country.
The Pros of Marble Flooring
Are you considering whether to buy marble flooring in Pakistan? If yes, then here are some of the major pros to consider:
- Adds elegance to your interior and refines its appeal
- Many different types, colours, and styles to choose from
- Completely natural material with unique patterns
- Allows natural light to penetrate through it and give it a glow
- Easy to polish and maintain its shine and smoothness
Some Cons of Marble Flooring
In contrast, here are some drawbacks of using marble flooring in a home in Pakistan:
- Porous material that will become stained if coloured or acidic liquid falls on it
- Can get scratched easily as it is a relatively soft stone
- Can chip, crack, or break due to being weak and brittle
- Finding two tiles that are exactly the same is always a challenge
- A slippery surface that can result in accidents if care is not taken
Types of Marble Flooring Commonly Available in Pakistan
We’ll now move on to the types of marble flooring you can buy in Pakistan if you are planning on renovating or refurbishing your home. The top varieties are as follows:
- Badal Grey
- Grey Emperador
- Botticino Fancy
- Michael Angelo
- Ziarat White
Let’s briefly discuss the features of each of these types of marble flooring available in Pakistan along with their prices (as of April 2020).
Alternate Names: Badal Marble, Badal Abbot Marble, Mad White Marble, Ziarat Badal, Grey Marble
Price: PKR 46 per square feet, on average
Properties: A combination of silver and grey with streaks of white or black, Badal Grey is a frequently used and locally quarried type of marble flooring in Pakistan.
Alternate Names: Oceanic Grey
Price: PKR 46 per square feet, on average
Properties: As a mid-range marble, Grey Emperador, as it is locally known in the market, is available in shades of grey to brown tones, and is used as a flooring option in both luxurious as well as economical houses.
Alternate Names: Tervera Marble, Travera Beige Marble, Travera Cream Marble, Travera Limestone
Price: PKR 58 per square feet, on average
Properties: A beige marble with natural earthen streaks, Tavera is a fairly inexpensive and durable type of marble flooring used in Pakistani homes.
Alternate Names: Boticina Fancy Marble, Boticina Cream Marble, Botticino Cream Marble, Botticino Fancy Beige Marble
Price: PKR 75 per square feet, on average
Properties: Another type of beige marble that you can easily install as flooring in Pakistan is Botticino Fancy, which is a low-cost investment that comes in a variety of shades.
Alternate Names: Black and Gold Marble, Michelangelo Marble, Black Gold Marble
Price: PKR 98 per square feet, on average
Properties: Adding an ornamental finish to your floors, the Black and Gold Marble is popularly used in homes as well as offices in Pakistan due to its unique appearance, where streaks of black, gold, white, grey, and brown merge to create amazing patterns.
Alternate Names: China Verona, Verona Beige, Verona Marble
Price: PKR 127 per square feet, on average
Properties: Imported from China and often known as ‘China Verona’ as a result, this is a mid-range investment if you want to install marble flooring in Pakistan. The marble has crystals embedded into its surface though, which indicate its quality. The best quality of Verona Marble has the least number of crystals. It is usually beige but can have reddish veins running through it.
Alternate Names: Mohmand White, Super White Marble
Price: PKR 288 per square feet, on average
Properties: Taking its name from its place of origin, Ziarat White is quarried in Ziarat, Balochistan, and considered one of the premium qualities of marble flooring in the country. Colours for this variety can vary from pure white or slight streaks of grey or patterns of blacks amidst a white backdrop.
Buying marble flooring in Pakistan is easy once you have a set budget in mind and a colour scheme that you want to follow. Marble flooring is also available at both wholesale and retail rates, and buying in bulk usually guarantees that you get a good deal in the long run. Check out these marble staircase designs and the prices of marble slabs for countertops and stairways for a beautifully finished interior. Other flooring options you can consider are stone varieties like granite or onyx. You can also look into the popular types of flooring tiles in Pakistan as well as their rates to see if a tiled floor fits your design requirements in a better manner.