History Lesson: Terrazzo Flooring

The name terrazzo derived from the Italian word for “terraces”. Terrazzo itself originated in the fifteenth century when Venetian marble workers started using discarded marble remnants to make floors. The marble remnants were originally used to surface the terraces around their living quarters, but were also known to be used in churches, libraries, government and commercial buildings. This method proved to be very versatile and timeless in its beauty, and today remains a popular contemporary flooring for interior and exterior use.

Benefits of Terrazzo Flooring:

Customization: Terrazzo is completely customizable. It comes in almost any color desired and can be laid out in any design. 
Durable: Ancient Terrazzo floors created centuries ago still stand in many buildings throughout Europe, the middle east and far east; sometimes even outlasting the buildings with which they reside. 
Sanitary: Terrazzo has a non-porous system that does not support microbial growth and does not allow accumulation of moisture, absorbs very little water, and has a high stain resistance. 
Low-Maintenance: The non-porous nature of  Terrazzo results in the surface only requiring minimal cleaning, and does not require the use of harsh chemicals. Also there are no grout lines for dirt to accumulate. And it will most likely never need repair or replacement.
Green: Because Terrazzo is made of recycled content, its longevity of material, low-maintenance, and durability make it a sustainable material and is eligible for credits under the LEED rating system.

Look at that tulip table! Check out one of our past articles on the history of the tulip table!


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