VENETIAN TERRAZZO : art beneath the soles of your feet. Unlike other types of flooring, the result is a product constituted of a single, undivided block, the fruit of peerless technical prowess.

Historical Background

Venetian terrazzo, also generically called “Venetian flooring” or “Venetian seminato”, derives its name from the fact that, although its origins lie in Ancient Greece, it was in the Floating City that it reached the summit of its development and splendour.
In the beginning, granito was nothing more than crushed terracotta, probably recycled from demolished buildings and then mixed with lime.
The insertion of fragments of marble into the mixture was probably done for aesthetic reasons, but it had the effect of increasing its resistance to wear.

The Technique

Terrazzo is made out of granules of marble with a diameter of up to 40mm, bound together by a pebble lime-based medium or a cement made out of fine graniglia and opus signinum.
Terrazzo is a type of flooring that is manufactured entirely on-site. Thus the whole floor of the room is a single, continuous surface, unmarked by joints or gaps.
Terrazzo is a unique work of art, with its hues, its mosaics, and its coloured glass; each exemplar differs in its execution, it’s impossible to reproduce the same texture or pattern.
This wonderful flooring can be installed on a wide range of foundations, including traditional screeds made of sand and cement, but also existing floors of all kinds.
The method is the same today as 50 years ago; once the screed has been prepared and levelled, the granules of marble are scattered.
Then, the terrazzo is beaten, polished, coated in linseed oil, and, finally, waxed.

Contemporary Venetian Terrazzo

Venetian terrazzo fits any type of interior, whether the design is classical, modern or contemporary.
In contrast to a mosaic, seminato is a technique that produces floors composed of fragments of marble and other materials of variable thickness, which are mixed with cement and then spread out on a smooth surface, creating a distinctive effect.
Appropriate for any type of building, we’ll create a unique and personalized floor, choosing from an infinite variety of materials and colours.
A refined element in any interior, comparable an endlessly reflective carpet of light, terrazzo is capable of enriching any room, giving it warmth and gentleness.

Works featuring this technique

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