The resurgence in popularity of Terrazzo Tiles has been phenomenal. These unique tiles have been used for centuries across the world.
Terrazzo flooring was originally invented by Venetian construction workers and was traditionally made by exposing marble chips on the surface of concrete and then polishing until smooth.
Now you can purchase terrazzo tiles and they may consist of marble, quartz, granite or glass chips, sprinkled or un-sprinkled, set in a concrete or epoxy-resin binder.
Take a look at our Terrazzo Tiles Gallery below for some inspiration…
Terrazzo Tiles Gallery:
These tiles are known for having a classic look and being durable with few maintenance costs.
To maintain their durability you can use a Terrazzo Tile Solvent Based Concrete Sealer.
A great way to divide sections of terrazzo tiles is to add a metal strip in between them. Changes in material, pattern or color can also be a great way to make your terrazzo tile design stand out.
The divider strips allow the tiles space to expand and shrink after installation. This allows for better design and durability.
History of Terrazzo Tiles
The actual history of terrazzo tiles can be traced all the way back to Egypt, where they created mosaic tiles. However, their direct predecessors come from Italy.
In the 1890’s terrazzo tiles were first introduced to the US, however, it was only in the 1920’s that they achieved popularity. This was due to the invention of the electric grinding machine and metal divider strips.
The metal dividers are useful when working with different coloured terrazzo tiles as they act as a guide.
In 1931, the The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Organization was formed. It is a Non-Profit Trade Association who provides colour plates and general information to architects and designers. They have also established national standards for all Terrazzo wall and floor systems.
Famous Terrazzo Tiles
The most famous example of Terrazzo tiles is the Hollywood Walk of Fame which was created in 1958:
Terrazzo tiles originated from the mosaic artform, however, they do not involve the placement of individual pieces in a decorative pattern like mosaics. To create the more uniform appearance of terrazzo tiles, small pieces of marble, quartz, granite or glass chips are thrown into the mortar base.
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of the history or terrazzo tiles and now understand what they actually are.
Let us know in the comments how you will be using them in your next project….
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