The Venetian Terrazzo floor derive in origin from the ancient realization of Greek civilizations where it was used to build paving composed of a simple cobblestone, embellished later by decorative elements. Small stone, different in colors and compositions, cemented together with lime or clay, were re-proposed also in Roman times and slowly were replaced by real fragments of porphyry and coloured marble.
A further evolution was represented by the use of materials cut into small "tiles" designed to form the first mosaics which date back mainly to the Paleo-Christian and Byzantine periods.
Thanks to the work of Friulian and Venetian artisans, despite the destruction caused by the barbarian invasions, it has been possible to pass on this ancient artefact, calling it "il battuto".
In Veneto, especially in Venice, it finds its maximum expansion thanks to the development of water transports that allowed the use of marble from abroad and from Veronese and Vicentini hills. The Terrazzo masters come to consider the floor as a dress for a tailor and enrich the already wonderful surfaces with precious decorations, inserting heterogeneous materials such as murine, madre perla and gold coins. The Venetian Terrazzo is refined to the point of reaching a very high artistic level.
Danilo Ballaustra Company takes up the tradition of the precious and typical Venetian Terrazzo, managing to preserve the peculiarity of a handcrafted artefact with "artistic ambitions", which allows creating real works of art. Studying new techniques of Venetian Terrazzo realization it’s able to offer his customers a Terrazzo full of new facets and greater possibilities of use suitable for every project and location.