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6 things to know about Venetian granito

On the occasion of the recent renovation and transformation into a luxury hotel in the Molitor swimming pool in Paris, the Granito company has produced cast-in-place floors and wall claddings.

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Need ideas for the floor of your terrace or kitchen? Think about granito! Used in the thirteenth century in Venetian palaces, the granito makes a return noticed. Discovery of a material always elegant and as resistant as the concrete.

Decorated with mosaics or in its raw state, granito is ideal for a refined and solid soil. Presentation of the characteristics of this ancestral material.

From Venice.

Its real name comes from Italy: "terrazzo alla veneziana", literally "Venetian pavement". "The semantic shift towards the word" granito "dates back to the Art Deco period, when this material was used a lot," says Jean-Pierre Araldi. At the head of the company Granito, he is passionate about this floor covering, "long privileged domain of the craftsmen of the north-east of Italy, because of their know-how transmitted from generation to generation". Emblematic example of achievement: the Grand Council Hall of the Doge's Palace in Venice, a surface of 1,325 m2 in one piece, without joint.

Speckled effect.

The colorful and spotted appearance of the granito immediately dresses a soil. And this, whether it is a small or a larger area. This speckled side is obtained by the composition of the material: in the 13th century, the basic mortar mixed slaked lime and crushed terracotta; chips of marble were then sown, then beaten to penetrate the mortar. As for the sanding, it was done by hand. "Today, says Jean-Pierre Araldi, the main binder is the cement, tinted or not in the mass, and the marble chips are incorporated into the base mixture with the cement." Finish the "sown" to create a gradient or pattern on the floor.

In this apartment, the granite floor is inlaid with shards of green glass and gold (directed by Jean-Pierre Araldi)

Jean-Marc Palisse

Granito today.

When asked for his recipe, Jean-Pierre Araldi answers: "A small dose of cement, marble granulate and a lot of know-how." However, there is granito where the synthetic resin replaces the cement. The rendering is close, but the resin will age, yellow, harden. Not the stone. Like the natural stone "Sahara" Porcelanosa, a limestone that reveals patterns of marine shells due to sedimentation. As for the marble selected in some current granitos, it is even more resistant than Verona marble, close to the terracotta, used in the thirteenth century.

From the ground to the ceiling.

One of the qualities of granito is its stability, especially in a humid environment. So that it finds its place in a living room as in a bathroom or on the forecourt of a monument. The outside does not scare him. But the granito can also be molded to create basins, kitchen plans, Italian showers, pool edges ...

On the occasion of the recent renovation and transformation into a luxury hotel in the Molitor swimming pool in Paris, the Granito company has produced cast-in-place floors and wall claddings.

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Maintain without tarnishing.

"The granito requires no maintenance, except to spend, once a month, a damp mop or a wipe impregnated with beeswax," says Jean-Pierre Araldi. In contrast, any descaler or detergent is prohibited. And in case of stain that would not go to the water, "we sand because the granito can be reconstituted to infinity".

Sustainable investment.

Like concrete, the granito crosses the centuries. We invest for life. With rates starting from 150 to 200 € per m2.
Granito, tel. : 06 80 20 91 13. granito.fr.
Porcelanosa, tel. : 01 69 90 90 90. porcelanosa.com

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