Venetian Stucco

It is a widely known fact that the natural stones such as marble or granite have always been used in decorating the interior of mansions and cathedrals. Such stones look luxurious and splendid but require too much effort to be processed and prepared for the finishing work. Moreover a large amount of left outs make this process a rather expensive one. According to the ancient legend the Roman architect Vitruvius was the first master who started using marble dust in decorating the houses, churches and castles. The new material soon became popular as it could be used in various technologies of decoration. Besides that the thin-layered marble parget could be used when the stone decoration was impossible due to the inaccessibility of the wall area. This plastering appeared to possess water-resistant and heat-resistant features. In that way the thin-layered seamless marble cover became widely used in interior decorating works.

The Venetian stucco (the original name sounds as “stucco veneziano”) still retains its old recipe today. The main ingredients of the raw mixture are the marble, malachite, onyx or quartz powder, binding material and pigment.

The traditional Venetian stucco is usually self-colored, but there are a large number of ways to create the colorful areas. After applying and drying of all the layers the surface is carefully and properly polished with fine emery cloth. If it is covered with a natural wax the surface of stucco will acquire satin finish, if it is covered with an artificial one the finish will look matte.

Such way of decoration is widely used in fitting out columns, door portals, ceilings and stairs. In the modern buildings it is used to decorate bathrooms, corridors and conference halls mostly, as the it creates the impression of a cold wide antique room. However some owners of detached houses use it to decorate their bedrooms and living rooms.

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