Terrazzo is derived from the Italian word “terraces”. It was first produced in Europe in ‘Terrazzo’ a scenic township in northern Italy near Venice in the 15th century. It is ‘the original’ recyled product. Venetian workers discovered a new use for waste marble from tens of thousands of marble statues & construction projects undertaken in that period. Initially clay was used as a binder and the surface was rubbed with stone. Goat milk was the original colour enhancer and sealer.
Terrazzo is a mixture consisting of crushed mother of pearl, mirror, marble, quartz, granite, glass, with cement as a binder, and other proprietary chemicals & pigments. It is available poured in place or precast. The beauty and versatility of terrazzo offer today’s architects/designers contemporary flooring and wall material for interior and exterior design use. The diversity in end uses for terrazzo is amazing. Outdoor applications include vertical fixtures, street furniture, terrace surfaces, and sculptures. For interiors, it can be used for floor, walls, countertops, washbasins, tubs; complete bathroom spaces. Today, terrazzo continues to provide environmentally friendly, durable, low maintenance, surfaces typically lasting the life of the building.