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It was in Venice in the Middle Ages that terrazzo had its first hour of glory. It consists of fragments of natural stone and colored marble agglomerated with cement. It was hugely successful during the 1950s. In the form of a floor slab, as a kitchen splashback or in the bathroom, terrazzo is very popular with contemporary architects. It appeals for its decorative qualities and its longevity.
It was in Venice and more widely in northern Italy in Middle Ages that terrazzo / granito otherwise known as venetian mosaic, reached their peak. This flooring has its roots in ancient Greece. It consists of fragments of naturel stone and colored marble agglomerated with cement. Originally, this construction material came frome the remains of mosaics adorning important buildings. In the Middle Ages, its aesthetics and technical qualities made it a material that integrated into the architectural concepts of the most beautiful venetian palaces such as the Doge's Palace.
Widely used during the Roaring Twenties, it was particularly popular in the fiftes. In the form of a floor slab, as a kitchen splashback or in the bathroom, terrazzo is very appreciated by contemporary architects. It appeals for its little vintage side, it's authentic appearance associated with Italian palaces or quite simply for its decorative qualities and longevity.