Marmorino Venetian Polished Plasters

Rediscovering the artistic heritage of Venice

Our Marmorinos

On this page, you can find our exclusive selection of Venetian polished plasters for walls. Venetian plaster, Marmorino in Italian, is a traditional Italian wall plaster that is now famous worldwide for its remarkable aesthetic value (jump to History of Venetian plaster). It consists of an eco-friendly lime-based finish, that can be applied both on exterior and interior surfaces. Furthermore, it can give result to different decorative effects: from that of polished marble with fresco painted veins to that of natural stone, up to the most common, the monochrome one with light-dark shades. Additionally, a special Marmorino, Pastellone, can be applied also to floors for a seamless, polished plaster surface.

Marmorino Fine

The extra-shiny Venetian polished plaster

This finish has a very smooth surface. It can be burnished with varying degrees of gloss and faint chiaroscuro appearance which convey a pleasant sense of depth.

For interior surfaces.

Marmorino Medium

The modern glossy Venetian Polished Plaster

It is a natural plaster found in the exterior and interior walls of the Venetian buildings. The surface is smooth and slightly shiny, with light contrasts giving a sense of depth.

Ecofriendly. Interior & exterior surfaces.

Marmorino Coarse

The Polished Plaster of the Venetian tradition

This plaster is the most typical decorative finish in the Venetian tradition. It’s a plain finish, with little movement and medium shine also used to realize faux marble effects.

Ecofriendly. Interior & exterior surfaces.

Marmorino Velvet

A modern opaque Marmorino Veneziano

This is opaque version of Marmorino is produced exclusively by Stucco Italiano. A Damask effect, with soft patterns in relief, can also be obtained. It has less chiaroscuro that other polished plasters and has a matt look.

Ecofriendly. Interior surfaces.

Marmorino Metallic

Marmorino enriched with pearlescent micas

In this variation of Marmorino Fine the metallic effect is achieved by introducing a large quantity of pearlescent powder which gives the finish a soft, iridescent look. Available in Silver, Gold, Copper, or Bronze.

Interior surfaces.

Marmorino for floors

The Venetian plaster for seamless floors

This finish retains the aesthetics of antique Marmorino for floors while adding the durability that modern-day living demands. It’s ideal for minimalist environments because of its uninterrupted continuity.

Ecofriendly. Interior surfaces.

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What is Marmorino?

What is Marmorino made of

Marmorino is an Italian plaster known in the rest of the world under the most disparate names: Venetian plaster, polished plaster, stucco paint, Venetian paint and many more. Venetian Marmorino is a type of plaster or stucco. It is made with lime putty (calcium hydroxide, Ca (OH)2) and is used for interior and exterior wall decorations. Marmorino plaster can be finished with multiple techniques for a variety of matt, satin, and glossy final effects. Marmorino is composed of ground marble and slaked lime. It can be colored in a wide range of colors. There are various effects that can be obtained: from that of polished marble with fresco painted veins to that of natural stone, up to the most common, the monochrome one with light-dark shades.

Why is Venetian plaster so popular

Widely used in Italy in the last 40 years, Marmorino’s appeal has now spread all over the world. Being a finish that requires a lot of manual work, Venetian plaster is one of the most expensive decorative wall solutions. However, many examples of Marmorino can be seen in public buildings, bars, restaurants, etc. Its characteristic of being easy to waterproof and antibacterial combined with the great decorative effect have made it very interesting for luxury bathrooms and other wet areas. Not limited to indoor use, it is also used outside many buildings.

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History of Marmorino

The origins of Venetian polished plaster

Marmorino is well known as a classic Venetian plaster; however, its origins are much older, dating to ancient Roman times. We can see evidence of it today in the villas of Pompei and in various Roman structures. In addition, it was also written about in Vitruvio’s “De Architectura”, a 1st Century B.C. history of Rome. Marmorino was rediscovered centuries later after the discovery of Vitruvio’s ancient treatise in the 15th century. This ‘new’ plaster conformed well to the aesthetic requirements dictated by the classical ideal that in the 15th century had recently become fashionable in the Venetian lagoon area.

Cocciopesto

The first record of work being done with marmorino is a building contract with the nuns of Santa Chiara of Murano in 1473. In this document, it is written that before the marmorino could be applied, the wall had to be prepared with a mortar made of lime and “coccio pesto” (ground terra cotta). This “coccio pesto” was then excavated from tailings of bricks or recycled from old roof tiles.

Marmorino in the city of Venice

The advantage of recovering scraps

At this point, to better understand the popularity of marmorino in Venetian life two facts need to be considered. The first is that in a city that extends over water, the transport of sand for making plaster and the disposal of tailings was a huge problem. So, the use of Venetian polished plaster was successful not only because the substrate was prepared using terra cotta scraps, but also the finish, marmorino, was made with leftover stone and marble, which were in great abundance at that time. These ground discards were mixed with lime to create marmorino.

A plaster that resists to dampness

Besides, marmorino and substrates made of “coccio pesto” resisted the ambient dampness of the lagoon better than almost any other plaster. In fact, on the one hand Venetian polished plaster is extremely breathable by virtue of the kind of lime used (the only lime which sets on exposure to air after losing excess water). On the other hand, the Marmorino substrate contains terra cotta, which when added to lime makes the mixture hydraulic. This means that it’s effective even in very damp conditions. In fact, terra cotta contains silica and aluminium, bases of modern cement and hydraulic lime preparations.

Instead of marble

The second consideration is that an aesthetically pleasing result could be achieved in an era dominated by the return of a classical Greco-Roman style allowing less weight to be transmitted to the foundation when compared to the habit of covering facades with slabs of stone.
Usually, marmorino was white to imitate the stone of Istria, which was most often used in Venetian construction, but was occasionally decorated with frescoes to imitate the marble, which Venetian merchants brought home from their voyages to the Orient. Indeed, in this fascinating period of the Republic of Venice, merchants felt obliged to return home bearing precious, exotic marble as a tribute to the beauty of their own city.

Marmorino today

Marmorino maintained its prestige for centuries until the end of the 1800’s when interest in it faded and was considered only an economical solution to the use of marble. Only at the end of the 1970’s, thanks in part to the architect, Carlo Scarpa’s use of polished plaster, did this finishing technique return to the interest of the best modern architects.
At the beginning the industries were not interested in Venetian polished plaster which was only produced by artisans. Today, however, ready-to-use marmorino can be found, often with glue added to allow them to be applied on non-traditional surfaces such as drywall or wood panelling.

Stucco Italiano’s Polished Plaster Brochure

At the following link you can download our Decorative Finishes Brochure. The brochure includes information on all our decorative finishes: from Venetian plaster for floors and walls, to our decorative paints.

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Stucco Italiano | Polished plaster contractor

Stucco Italiano is also an Italian contractor specialised in Venetian plasters. Indeed, over the last 40 years, our craftsmen applied Marmorino for floors and walls all over in the world. In our gallery you can find examples of stucco paint works and other decorative finishes realised in various building types. Are you looking for professional Venetian plaster applicators for your project? Ask for a quote at the following link. We can find the best craftsmen in your area or send our experienced artisans.

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Becoming our partner could be easier than you think. Contact us to express your interest, and we will provide you detailed information on our exclusive Venetian plaster for floors and walls. Furthermore, we’ll offer you free training on our products, and share with you the know-how on the materials. Ultimately, you’ll have exclusivity of distribution in your area, and the opportunity of getting polished plasters customised to your preferences. Don’t miss the opportunity! Contact us now to deal the finest Venetian plasters.

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Selected tools for Venetian plaster

Besides Italian decorative finishes, Stucco Italiano also provides the necessary tools to apply Venetian plaster for floors and walls. Check our tool kits and trowels for Venetian plasters and Marmorino for floor.

Marmorino Tools

Pastellone, a Venetian plaster for floors and walls

Do you want to match your floors to your polished plaster walls? Check our polished plaster for floors and walls, also known as Pastellone or microcement. You can apply Pastellone both on vertical and horizontal surfaces, for a jointless Wall2Floor continuous surface. Furthermore, Stucco Italiano’s Pastellone can now be applied also on furnishing objects. Specifically, it is a traditional Marmorino Venetian plaster for floors, which we have ameliorated to comply with contemporary life demands. Indeed, our Pastellone is harder and more durable than most natural seamless floor plasters. Furthermore, it is completely eco-friendly and can contribute to the achievement of a Green Leed certification.

Pastellone Wall to Floor