This is not Carrera Marble!!! These are actually 5'x10' PORCELAIN 2cm slabs. Why porcelain versus the real stuff? Porcelain is baked at a higher temp so its nearly indestructible when installed properly. Meaning red wine spills, heat, sealers, are not an issue. This would be FAB in a shower install = NO grout lines :)
Until the late 1800's, porcelain was China's greatest export. Chinese porcelain was so highly regarded that 'China' actually became the word for porcelain. After the 1800's people started making their own 'Chinese' porcelain meaning that China lost their importance and the amount of need declined very quickly.