Terrazzo: the flooring meant for kings and queens.
Used most notably in 15th century Italy, terrazzo is considered to have been invented in Venice. Terrazzo, which means terrace, was created as a resourceful way to utilize remaining pieces of marble. These were placed in clay and then ground down. Once flat, they produced the utility and beauty of a smoother, walkable surface.
But terrazzo’s origins are believed to go back much further. Unearthed archaeological digs have revealed the use of terrazzo more than 10,000 years ago. Terrazzo has been found in Turkish ruins as well as surfaces and mosaics discovered in ancient Egypt.
Brought to America in the late 1890s, terrazzo gained traction and more widespread use in the 1920s. Terrazzo enjoyed great popularity in midcentury modern architecture spaces from the late 40s through the 50s and 60s.
Now as never before, terrazzo is having a tremendous resurgence. Custom terrazzo flooring has enhanced everything from upscale commercial environments to renovated and new midcentury modern architectural gems. Best of all, you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy the flooring meant for kings and queens.