February 2, 2022

Venetian plasters

Venetian plaster is also known as Stucco Veneziano, Marmorino, and Italian or Venetian plaster. It is a lovely, hard-wearing material.

Venetian plasters
What sets Venetian plaster apart from other plasters and stuccos is the inclusion of substantial quantities of marble dust, often more than 40% of the dry weight, and natural lime. Not only does this give polished Venetian plaster an appearance that approaches that of natural marble, but Venetian plaster walls also take on a texture that is rich and sensual. The Romans who invented this fantastic material more than 2,400 years ago called it Marmoratum Opus—The Great Work of Plaster.

Benefits of genuine Venetian Plaster

Whether textured or polished, Venetian plaster walls are not only gorgeous, they are amazingly versatile. Natural 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 fantastic Venetian plaster wall finishes that we offer. Venetian plaster walls and ceilings are 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 beneficial in fighting mold and dampness in wetter climates. Venetian plaster is ecologically friendly. It is made of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients and can even be used to incorporate extra internal or external insulation.

Types of Venetian Plaster

There are many types of Venetian plaster wall finishes available, but they mostly fall 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. Sgraffitois a complex but beautiful technique used to inscribe art directly onto a wall or ceramic vessel by applying a thin film of one color, then scraping it off in places to reveal another.