The history of Venetian Terrazzo

 

The origin of the floor in Venetian Terrazzo can locate in Hellenistic Greece where it was in use a type of consisting of a simple cobblestone floor embellished, subsequently, by decorative elements.

Pebbles different in color and composition, cemented together with lime or clay, were replicated in Roman times (opus signinum) and gradually were replaced by actual fragments of porphyry and marble (opus segmentatum).

A further development was the use of written materials cut into small "tiles" to form the first mosaics that date back mainly to the paleo-Christian and Byzantine period (opus tesselatum - opus musivum).

Like the Mosaic is a good piece of pavement art of our country, even the planting of different stones for color and sizes of lime and clay mortar, even in the simplicity of its composition, it retains its identity over the centuries. Thanks to the work of craftsmen from Friuli and Veneto, despite the destruction caused by the barbarian invasions, it was possible to pass on this artifact called "the beat" bringing it into the city of Venice. It was here that the terrace is more developed and refined to the point of reaching a very high artistic level. In Venice the floor Terrace knew her better times; terrazzo masters came to enrich the already beautiful surfaces with precious decorations, inserting heterogeneous materials such as mother of pearl, millefiori and even gold coins.

 

 

The Terrazzo retains the distinction of being an artisan product with "artistic ambitions" We can safely say that, even today.

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