Perucchetti introduced Marmorino Venetian polished plaster to the United Kingdom in the 1970s. Perucchetti was the original and remains the leading company in the application of this ancient technique of applying marble dust with lime to walls and ceilings. We have developed an extensive archive of ancient recipes using the finest materials available for our customised finishes.
From ancient Rome to the fourteenth century through the Byzantine period and Ottoman Empire forms of lime based plasters were created and local materials were produced and used in other countries to achieve different finishes but it was the Principality of Venice with its wealth and sophistication who developed finesse for this exquisite, organic product. The Renaissance in Venice produced an explosion of creativity with the introduction of new mineral colours made available by the trade routes (Lapis lazuli being one of the most precious minerals to be used). Prior to that a traditional Marmorino was partly made up of crushed Istrian stone mixed with lime putty producing a velvety white finish or a natural terracotta hue. Marmorino (which is the derivative word of all products made up partially of marble) has the characteristics to imitate stone work, marble, architectural detail without overloading the structure with weight, equally achieving a polished plaster with a velvety ripple imitating a watered silk. Examples of thirteenth century plaster still exist today due to the materials breathability and durability and have survived in dramatic climatic conditions such as experienced in the Venetian lagoon area.
Perucchetti uses cured and aged lime with a finesse of gesso that absorbs mineral colours and pigments which can produce a translucency that is sublime as well as an opaque tone such as Tadelakt. Equally we use synthetic oxides and chromes to achieve intense vibrant colours in all the textures we create.
Perucchettis inspiration gained from 40 years experience is to maintain a traditional art which is applicable today and appropriate for all types of developments and projects.
The ancient master plasterers have not been surpassed by modern day products or techniques.