The art of Terrazzo.

February 18th, 2019 - Technical - Product Updates - Inspiration - Blog
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Terrazzo tiles are a hand made work of art! 

Eco Friendly Tiles source for our stunning Terrazzo tiles has been making tiles by hand for over 100 years. While progress in technology have allowed them to advance their design process, they masterfully combine this with long practised craft techniques to create the quality product you can order today. Eco Friendly Tiles Terrazzo range is one of our most eco-conscious collections. The traditional materials combine cement, mineral powders, natural oxides, water and off-cuts from the surrounding stone and marble industry. This results in a product that is made from up to 80% recycled content. On top of that, these tiles all contribute towards ska, LEED and BREEAM, making them the perfect selection for your next eco project.

Terrazzo these days is often viewed as a luxury product. Its hand made nature means that time and care is taken to create each tile, it also means that no two tiles will ever be completely identical. The uniqueness of this process is associated with high quality, premium products – a description that Terrazzo happily complies with. However, this wasn’t always the case. Terrazzo used to be a product of necessity, cobbled together from leftovers and cutoffs from the more sought after marble and stone products. These pieces were set in cement that had been coloured with natural oxides, although they looked stunning, these early tiles were considered products of the poor.

Terrazzo style tiles emerged around the same time as the creation of cement at the end of the 19th century. Creators were able to combine the most varied selection of marble and stone chips in a mixture of coloured cement. Alternatively, the coloured cement mixtures were pressed into molds to create intricate patterns in a singular tile aimed at mimicking the detailed mosaic flooring seen in Venetian villas at the time. Moving into the 20th century, Terrazzo tiles began to reflect the dominant art movements of the time. Floral patterns gave a nod towards Art Nouveau, while the geometric shapes leaned towards the Futurist movement. As technology developed and made the production of tiles easier and cheaper, Terrazzo began its steady climb to be the premium, luxury product it is today.

 
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