Venetian Plaster: an antique technique for unique and stylish interiors

Venetian plaster: history

Venetian plaster, also called Stucco Veneziano, polished plaster, lime plaster or Venetian stucco is an antique technique, mainly developed in Italy, in the form we know und still use today.
Viero is one of the major producers of polished plasters and decorative paints in Italy, with a huge experience in the production and application of Stucco Veneziano, which is exported, used and appreciated worlwide.
Lime plaster is one of the oldest building materials, dating back to thousands of years ago, in the area of present-day Jordan. Later, the Romans, developed a technique very similar to the one we use today: they started using lime plaster mixed with marble dust as a fine application over a coarser lime and sand aggregate plaster. During the Renaissance, Venetian plaster was reintroduced in the area of Venice thanks to artists and architects, like the famous Andrea Palladio, who designed many palaces, villas, and churches in Venice area and decorated them with polished plasters. By the 17th century many types of interior plasters flourished, the most notable is the highly polished Stucco Veneziano. This decorative material has been particularly used in the palaces and Villas of 16th and 17th century, in Most Serene Republic of Venice, therefore the name “Venetian Plaster”. Today, there is no standardized naming system applied to the manufacturing of Italian decorative plasters. Many products availabe in large distribution chains are durable, yet modified, and have little to do with real Venetian Plaster. In Italy, Venetian Plaster or Stucco Veneziano is one particular kind of plaster and application technique, no real Stucco Veneziano requires wax or sealer for reasons other than embellishment.

Venetian Plaster today

During the centuries, until today, Stucco Veneziano has been influenced by the taste of a specific time. Venetian plaster experiences today the contemporary influence, in accordance with the latest trends in interior decoration and modern design. Venetian plaster, today, is considered as a versatile product which permits to reproduce the aristocratic prestige of historical buildings and old Venetian villas even in a modern and simple environment. Tradition and innovation blend in refined decorations and chromatic effects which give light and grace to walls and ambiances.

Venetian plasters and polished plasters by Viero Paints

Viero Paints decorative plasters range includes four different types of Venetian plasters:

  • Mithos Lux: a self polishing, lime based finishing plaster
  • Lithos: a finishing plaster with natural polished marble effect
  • Lithos Matt: a finishing plaster with satin marble effect
  • Silk Velvet: a soft touch micro plaster with satin pearlescent reflections

Venetian plaster application techniques: Viero Academy

Viero does not only produce and deliver high quality materials, but also an excellent service to its business partners and interior designers and decorators worldwide. If you are interested in becoming a Viero distributor in your country and in learning hot to apply Viero Venetian and polished plasters, you can join us for a training at Viero Academy in Tuscany. The training program 2017 is available here.

Mithos Lux, Lithos, Lithos Matt, Silk Velvet: polished plasters by Viero Paints

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