The low-down on an upcoming trend to watch out for
In the past it was confined to floors, but granito or terrazzo is now back and its bigger and better than ever. It brings wonderful colours to out interiors, either incorporated into a kitchen credenza or used as a work surface. Sansone has been making increasingly lightweight and colourful granito flagstones for almost 60 years.
Granito, a raw material
First invented in Italy during the classical period, terrazzo is a surprising material which attracts the eye. Its manufacture involves all sorts of ingredients. Fragments of natural stone, glass and marble are united in its structure. Once combined together with cement or resin, these minerals make up a granular surface which is then polished. The result is a fascinating form of solidity. Aesthetically it is typified by its mineral sparkle. Terrazzo is filled with an infinite pallet of colours!
Granito in contemporary design
Granito began to receive new interest in architectural and interior design circles at the start of the 1990s as part of the trend towards more raw materials, authenticity and hard-wearing materials. Today granito is no longer being used just for floors. It is turning up on a more general basis in interior design and fashion. The singularity of its speckled finish catches the eye.
What is the difference between granito and terrazzo?
They are both made with the same products. However there is a subtle difference in the manufacturing process. Granito is made with fragments of rock mixed with cement. For terrazzo, the cement is poured first and then sprinkled with granulate particles. The design and the density of the stone pieces can therefore be controlled.