With all this mid-century craze going on this one could not be left out. Terrazzo flooring. I remember it while growing up. Everyone’s house in my home town had terrazzo flooring. Balconies, stairs, hallways, bathrooms… that weird looking thing was almost everywhere.
At some point people got tired of it, like we tend to do with all things, and started either removing it or covering it up with other types of flooring. Most of them, when it came to balconies and stairways kept it there, because it was already too heavy. Adding another layer of flooring might cause damage and removing the terrazzo is not an easy job to do. But it’s gone from the bathrooms.
My parents house has huge balconies. A 20m² veranda and about 10m² of balcony going around the 2 sides of the house. These one are covered in, what used to be, pink terrazzo. The outside stairs are covered with yellow terrazzo. Dont’s ask why they used 2 colors, no one knows the answer! And the hallway, around 1.5x5m also had pink terrazzo flooring. All these were made in mid 70’s, 1974 to be exact. The mixture was poured in place and they added the additional chips before it set.
The flooring at the stairs is yellow. It’s in good condition, not perfect, but this one was protected from the weather so it’s in better shape than the one on the balcony.
The flooring at the verand is in the worst condition of all, throughout all these years it’s exposed to weather conditions, all year round. 35 years of rain and harsh sun. It has lost its original pink color and shine. When my parents were younger they tried taking care of it a few times, but it’s not an easy thing to do. Some of the chips in it are gone, but only a few. I think from all the colors of terrazzo flooring there this one has the most beautiful chips in it. Some of them are black with rich green patterns.
The flooring on the hallway is in the best condition of all, obviously! It is in the house and it is covered by thick carpets during fall and winter. It does not have so much traffic as the outside floors and people usually walk there with clean or no shoes. (My parents and all their friends and family are farmers so you get the picture of the work clothes and shoes of people usually visiting). Sadly there was poor light in the house and i did not have my tripod to show you the hallway, but here are a few decent photos of a small part of it. It is dark pink and has black and white chips in it. Around it there is white marble.
Does any one in your family or friends have still terrazzo flooring? When i told my parents terrazzo is back they were surprised and kept wondering “but why?”. Well fashion and trends always make circles and come back!
And it seems to be everywhere! Not just floors or walls! You MUST check out these Anthropologie nesting tables. The tabletop is beautiful!
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