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A Tale of Terrazzo.

A Tale of Terrazzo.
09.10.2020

To celebrate the return of our sellout Wollstonecraft frame and its brand new Terrazzo acetate iteration, we’ve compiled our favourite facts about the many-splendored material.

1. Its history can be traced back to the Ancient world, where Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks decorated their floors with mosaics created from roughly cut coloured stones, shells, and ivory.

2. Terrazzo as we know it today comes from Italy, where artisans created ‘pavimento alla Veneziana’ (a.k.a. Venetian pavement) from marble fragments set in a mortar base. These artisans were known as ‘terrazzieri’, or workers of terrazzo.

3. The US is full of incredible terrazzo works, for which it has the Italian immigrants of the late 18th and early 19th century to thank. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most famous examples, and the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution all boast excellent terrazzo features too.


4. The trend for terrazzo flooring peaked in the 1920s and 30s, and so is indelibly linked to the Art Deco and Moderne movements. Although, anyone who has looked at Etsy recently will be in no doubt that terrazzo’s second coming is well and truly here.

5. Terrazzo is considered a ‘green’ material, due to its sustainability credentials. Not only is it extremely durable, meaning it lasts (many, many) lifetimes without needing to be repaired or replaced, it can also be created using recycled components or waste materials, and set in bio-resins.

Terrazzo is currently available in all our stores in Wollstonecraft or through our Bespoke service.