Timeless charm and elegance

terrazzo italiano

origins

The distinctive style of these very interesting materials comes all the way from the great architectural marvels of the Ancient Greeks. Terrazzo gained a huge notoriety in Italy with the Romans using it extensively in their most notorious projects.
It was during the Venetian period that Terrazzo became the renowned material we love thanks to the so-called pavimenti alla veneziana (Venetian-style floors or cocciopesto), also known as “terrazzi o seminati in graniglia di marmo”.

So typical of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces built in Venice during the Sixteenth Century, the Venetian-style floors (known as terrazzo veneziano, seminato o battuto alla veneziana) has always been universally appreciated for its great flexibility, its very low shrinkage rate and its durability that come from the careful mixing of marble chipping and concrete. Terrazzo is a symbol of pure classicality and it’s listed amongst the most ancient flooring styles that are still used in modern architecture today thanks to its aesthetic roots going all the way back to the Ancient Greek floor decoration techniques (where patterns of river pebbles were arranged and agglomerated with clay or lime, ancestors of the modern concrete fillers) or the rudus novum, the Roman mosaic style. The Friuli artisans re-discovered this incredible technique and started to reconsider Terrazzo as an ornamental resource.
We owe it to them if today we can have such an enhanced Terrazzo flooring technique they improved by using pebbles and stone in various and interesting colours hand-picked on the riverbed of the Meduna, Tagliamento and Cellina rivers that they used to call “battuto”.

The development of this technique became so important in the Venice area that it was inducted in the Venetian Arts and Crafts Guild as early as 1586. At that time though not even the great masters of this very ancient technique could imagine how widely appreciated and renowned their idea would have become in the coming centuries, embellishing, with quite poor materials, the most elegant palaces and the most exclusive residences of the city. 

today

During the centuries Terrazzo benefited from a constant evolution of the production process. Nowadays it became a technical material, improved in its durability, more compact and homogeneous in its inner physical structure. Technology evolved and the most recent state of the art production phases allowed the producers to develop an innovative product that is mechanically perfect and not only beautiful. The new slab-style cutting technique makes it easy for architects and builders to explore new ways to use and apply Terrazzo in every furniture and interior design project where beauty and durability are the key to success.

raw materials

Natural stone grit, dusts and chipping, high performance binders and fillers are carefully selected, dosed and mixed in order to create marble agglomerates. Little pieces of Nature bring to life new materials that can fit so perfectly every architectural project, and every mood.

the production process

The raw materials are carefully selected, dosed and combined in the mixing machine. 

The mixture is poured in a special leak-proof container.
During this phase Terrazzo is not yet solidified. The most advanced vacuum technology is applied to the mixture and the hf vibrations eliminate all the almost invisible air bubbles that could compromise the aesthetic and mechanical features of the final product. 

The material undergoes a compaction process and reaches the final dimensions of the block that will be processed according to its different architectural uses

After the drying period, necessary for the binders in order to reach the highest level of resistance, the blocks are cut into slabs that will be carefully used to produce floors, stairs, windowsills, covering and many other design products. 

projects 

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