Traditional Venetian Plaster is more than just a building material, it is an expression of both art and real craftsmanship. Know by many names including Stucco Veneziano, Marmorino, Coccio Pesto Mortar or the more prosaic Lime Putty, Venetian plaster is a lovey hard-wearing material which can last several lifetimes – unlike the cheap, imitation materials that are common today.
What sets Venetian Plaster apart from other plasters and stuccos is the inclusion of substantial quantities of marble dust (often more than 40% dry weight) and natural lime. Not only does this give venetian polished plaster a disability approaching that of real marble, venetian plaster walls take on a texture that is rich and sensual. Indeed, the Romans who invented this amazing material more than 2,400 years ago called it ‘Marmoratum Opus’ – The ‘Great Work’ of Plaster.
What are the benefits of using real Venetian plaster
Whether textured or polished, Venetian plaster walls are not only gorgeous, they are amazingly versatile. Real Venetian plaster can be applied to nearly any surface. Drywall/gypsum board, wood, brick, and even tiled surfaces can be converted quickly and easily to any of the amazing Venetian plaster wall finishes that we offer.
Venetian plaster walls and ceilings are also incredibly durable and easy to care for. As pigment can be mixed into the plaster itself, it may never require painting. The material is somewhat porous, so it dries naturally in the air. This is amazingly helpful fighting mould and rising damp in wetter climates.
Lastly, Venetian plaster is ecologically friendly. It is made of all natural, non-toxic ingredients, and can even be used to incorporate extra layers of internal or external insulation as a part of Venetian plaster walls.
Different Types and Finishes of Venetian Plaster
There are nearly as many types of Venetian plaster wall finishes available as you can imagine, but they mostly fall into one of the following categories: Marmorino, Scagliola and Sgraffito. Marmorino has been used since Roman times to produce matte, glossy or even satin effect finishes.
Scagliola (Italian for ‘chips’), is a kind of simulated marble inlay technique that has been used since the 17th century. Sgraffito is a complex but beautiful technique used to inscribe art directly to a wall or ceramic vessel by applying a thin film of one colour, then scraping it off in places to reveal another. If you would like to learn more about modern Venetian plaster or how we can use it to make your dream interior view our range of Venetian Plaster below: