History of Terrazzo -
Dating back to the 15th century in Venice Terrazzo was invented by workers who had odd pieces of marble left after jobs, they would put these small pieces of marble in with clay and grind then down to make a more even walking surface. However, they found that the terrazzo would only show it’s true beauty and colours only come through when wet, so they tried using goats milk to get the true colour finish, which worked but was later replaced when Portland cement was introduced into the industry, which could be dyed any colour and meant there were endless possibilities and varieties of terrazzo. Great monuments were created using terrazzo such as George Washington’s home in Mt. Vernon. Although, terrazzo is over 500 years old the technique is constantly evolving and with the introduction of new materials being used such as epoxies and acrylics the possibilities are endless, with some terrazzo being created using things like glass, metal and seashells. It can be polished for a high shine finish many times meaning this can last for years when used.