Mosaic is one of the best-known such materials, the epitome of beauty and chromatic variety; others include inlaid wood of oriental origin and majolica tiles from the Middle East, introduced to the western world through the traders of the maritime republics.
All these surfaces share the same basic quality of artisanship, defined as a sublime expression of human creativity, bringing these surfaces into the territory of decoration and the figurative arts, particularly when walls and covering materials become a colour palette for symbolic tales representing the history of cultures and religions.
With great decorative and expressive power, this type of flooring was first used in ancient Greece and Rome, though its golden age came in Renaissance Venice.
Commonly used in churches and patrician villas, terrazzo flooring was also widespread at the time of the Art Deco movement. The primary aesthetic factor determining its popularity, then as now, is its unusual colourful grains in a variety of different hues, against a light or dark background emphasising the contrast in colours.
Designed for residential spaces, shops and offices, as well as public and collective places of all kinds (recently used in the interiors of the Arcadia Cinema in Stezzano, in the province of Bergamo), terrazzo flooring suits a great variety of different styles and atmospheres.
To all this we may add the beauty created by its random appearance, an aspect that makes FMG’s Venetian terrazzo flooring a highly evocative natural patchwork with a subtle vintage flavour.