The art of Venetian floors dates back to the floor decorations of ancient Greece. Later the Romans used it to make their splendid mosaic floors. Handed down over the centuries, the art of Venetian floors was improved by the master craftsmen from Friuli and the Veneto. Venetian terrace flooring reached its highest splendor in the city of Venice (whence its name). Here in 1587 the craft of terrace makers was set up – the first trade to set their own rules to regulate the practice. Originally made with cotto shards mixed with lime, the practice then included marble bits to make the floor more aesthetically pleasant and more durable too. Over the centuries, Venetian floors have contunuously changed and adapted to the taste of various ages. Venetian floors have been exported from Venice to all over the world, thus enriching the most outstanding buildings with the finest quality of a typically Venetian craft. At present, Venetian floors (also referred to as terrace floors, grained mix, irregular mosaics, etc.) is a work of art belonging to both ancient and modern architecture.