King Venetian are leading venetian polish plastering specialists based within Cardiff, Wales and across the UK. We use the finest materials sourced from around the world to create stunning decorative finishes and functional surfaces.

We provide opulent surface finishes in a variety of contemporary textures, colours and styles, as well as conventional marmarino and venetian plastering. We specialise in bespoke design, using techniques such as trowelling, banding, blockwork, and stencilling. We are typically commissioned to undertake feature walls, columns, ceilings, domes, niches, stairways, porticos, corporate logos, foyeurs and receptions.


What is Venetian plaster?

Venetian plaster is a famous Italian feature wall and ceiling finish that can be applied by a professional to create a stone, marble or concrete-like look quickly, on a few millimetres thickness.

Venetian plaster is sometimes called polished plaster, decorative plaster, marble plaster, polished stucco, Italian stucco and Venetian stucco.

Venetian plaster is a durable, eco-friendly and light-weight decorative option that can last hundreds of years and has been used since Roman times.

We can discern between traditional, lime-based and acrylic Venetian plasters and even though many of them can produce the same look, they can be of completely different consistency, with different characteristics. These differences help the applicators to choose the right plaster for their style and specifier to find the plaster with the right characteristic with the same look.

Venetian plaster can be considered an applied art and is generally applied by specialists as the skill level and experience needed to create a specified look is high.

 

 


The History of Venetian plaster

Venetian plaster was first used in ancient Rome because of its look, durability and lightness. Vitruvius the famous Roman architect was the first to write about the compact lime finishes with a marble look in his De Architettura which were applied on as many as eight coats on the exterior of noble houses.

Sometimes people confuse the origins of Venetian plaster with that of lime and lime finishes and state that it comes from ancient Egypt. That's is a misunderstanding as although Egypt had access to ample quantities of lime, but never had any marble quarries, unlike Italy, so it's impossible that it could have developed a finish without a resources that would be naturally available. Admittedly, the use of lime plaster was first documented in ancient Egypt. The same is true for placing the origins of Venetian plasters in France where actually marble is rare and is primarily available in red colour only whereas white is needed for Venetian plasters.

The Venetian plaster technique was largely forgotten in the Middle Ages and it was only revived in the 16th century by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio, who re-discovered these decorative plasters when he was searching for light-weight solutions for the palazzos of Venice. He used the left-over marble powder and small chunks of the Italian marble quarries that once grinded, mixed with lime paste and organic to imitate the look of real marble, without it's weight or cost.

The third, modern age of Venetian plastering started when the famous Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa, influenced by Japanese minimalism and Italian traditions started to use and develop acrylic and some lime-based Venetian plasters. One of the hist best work featuring Venetian plaster feature walls and ceilings can be seen in the Olivetti shop in Venice, close to the St Mark Square.

 

 

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